Hawaii is a romantic destination for any holidaying couple. Made up of six major islands (plus a handful of smaller ones), the Aloha State has a lot to explore. No matter what sort of couple you are, Hawaii is sure to have something geared towards your tastes – from hiking to the peaks of active volcanoes to scuba diving with the manta rays, there are great activities for everyone.
One of Hawaii’s lesser-known traditions is the art of LomiLomi – an ancient form of massage steeped in the culture of islands. Believed to have spiritual healing powers, just about every spa in Hawaii will offer you the chance to experience the muscular bliss.
The two of you should get yourselves down to Maui at pop in to the Spa Grand at the Grand Wailea. This spa is famous all over the world for its amazing range of treatments, and these are all carried out in the traditional Hawaiian manner.
You’ll get an hour of hydrotherapy in The Terme, where you will find waterfalls, plunge baths and aromatherapy tubs. What could be more romantic than a pamper session?
The Islands of Aloha are the perfect place to indulge in a bit of scuba diving. The marine life around Hawaii is amazingly diverse – you’ll find coral reefs, white tip sharks, vivid tropical fish, whales, dolphins and even an endangered green sea turtle or two. This variety, combined with the beautifully clear, warm waters, makes it the ideal destination for any divers.
Head to the Kona Coast (just off the shore of the Big Island) and you will be able to swim with the angels of the sea, the giant manta rays. Often growing to a wingspan of a whopping 14 foot, swimming with these beauties is something you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Head out on a tour boat – the operators will shine lights on the surface of the water, which attract the mantas. The two of you will then be caressed by the swarming of the gentle giants in the experience of a lifetime.
Picnic on PuuPehe
Hawaii flights aren’t cheap, we know that. But visiting the gorgeous PuuPehe is completely free! PuuPehe, also known as Sweetheart Rock, is a monumental tower of rock that rises spectacularly out of the Pacific just a few metres from Lanai’s coast.
There is an old romantic tale surrounding PuuPehe, from which it takes its moniker of Sweetheart Rock. A warrior from Lanai was so overcome with grief when his lover died in an awful storm that he climbed to the top of the rock and plunged to his death.
Okay, so that might not be the happiest of stories, but it certainly has a Romeo and Juliet “star-crossed lovers” feel to it! The rock is a beautiful sight, and isn’t particularly known by tourists just yet. Pack a nice picnic and bring some champagne – enjoy it at sunset for the ultimate romantic date.