The Big Island of Hawaiʻi is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. It is perfect for a romantic getaway. Its stunning natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking sunsets make it the ideal place to escape with your loved one. Whether looking for a romantic dinner, outdoor adventure, or a peaceful stroll through a botanical garden, the Big Island has something for every couple. In this blog, we’ll explore a 5-day itinerary in Hawaiʻi for couples that is romantic, exciting, and adventurous for you and your partner.
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5 Glorious Days in Hawaiʻi for Your Romantic Getaway
Day 1 – Arriving on the Big Island
Arrive in Kona, check into your accommodations, and relax. You should take it easy the first day if you’ve traveled long. Settle in and get to know the area, and grab groceries if you’re staying in a vacation rental.
Visiting one of many gorgeous beaches along the coastline is a perfect way to get out and about without overdoing it. One great beach to try is Mauna Kea Beach, a great place to relax. Or, if you’re not too tired and want to do some sightseeing right away, visit the botanical gardens.
Sadie Seymour Botanical Garden is on the Kona side of the island, and Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden is near Hilo. Both offer unique picturesque experiences with trails, gardens, and gorgeous scenic spots where you can hold hands and enjoy the immense beauty of Hawaiʻi.
Head to Huggo’s for a romantic beachfront dinner with fresh seafood, sushi, and handcrafted cocktails for a great meal. This beachside restaurant has been a local favorite for over 50 years and is worth a visit.
Day 2 – Horseback Riding, Helicopters, and Romantic Dinners
Take a scenic horseback ride through Waipio’s lush valleys or Kohala’s rolling hills. It’s a great way to explore the island’s natural beauty while spending time with your partner. Waipi’o on Horseback offers morning horseback rides, leaving plenty of time for other activities later in the day.
After seeing the island on a horse, take a helicopter tour and see the breathtaking natural beauty from above. See cascading waterfalls, rainforests, and the landscape in ways you’ve never seen before. Visit Blue Hawaiian Helicopters for available tour options and private charters.
Then, enjoy a romantic dinner at Merriman’s, a 7-award-winning oceanfront restaurant known for its farm-to-table cuisine and stunning sunset views for over 20 years. You can enjoy dishes like Hawaiian fish and grass-fed beef while sipping a glass of wine.
Day 3 – Volcanoes, Summits, and Stars
Go on the Crater Rim Drive Tour in Volcano National Park. This scenic drive takes you through various overlooks, a lava tube, and other points around the rim of Kilauea.
In the evening, watch the sunset from Mauna Kea summit at 14,000 ft., the highest point in Hawaiʻi, and then at 9,000 ft., enjoy stargazing with an 11″ telescope. It’s a breathtaking and romantic experience with your partner and one you won’t forget. For details, visit Love Big Island’s Mauna Kea Summit and Stars or to book tickets.
Day 4 – Hiking, Waterfalls, and Sunset Dinner Cruises on Your Romantic Getaway
Hike to a stunning waterfall and enjoy the natural beauty of one of the most beautiful sights on the island. Some waterfalls require an entrance fee, but Rainbow Falls in Hilo is free. It is a perfect spot to take romantic pictures due to the beautiful rainbows cast around it.
Then, take a dinner cruise on a catamaran and enjoy the sunset while eating and listening to a historical narration about Kealakekua Bay. You’ll enjoy a Hawaiian-style dinner, a gorgeous evening, and live entertainment.
Day 5 – Explore Beaches, Relax, and Last Romantic Dinner
The last day of your trip is a great day to unwind and explore some beautiful beaches around the island, like the famous black sand beaches, which were created by the erosion of the black lava rocks.
It’s also a great day to shop for any souvenirs or gifts you want to take home. Or catch any last-minute activities you wanted to do during your stay.
Finally, enjoy your last romantic dinner on the island at Brown’s Beach House. It is an oceanfront restaurant in the Fairmont Orchid Resort, offering fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. Wear something nice because this upscale experience provides a romantic atmosphere and fine dining.
In conclusion, Hawaii is one of the world’s most ecologically diverse locations, offering endless ways to celebrate your love in its stunning and natural outdoor playground. This romantic getaway is perfect for any special occasion like a proposal, honeymoon, or a meaningful way of telling your partner you love being with them. Change the itinerary to fit your needs and set your heart free to explore beautiful Hawaiʻi.
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