32 Unforgettable Romantic Things to Do in Hawaii for Couples

January 4, 2022

Mai Tai in hand, the delicate scent of hibiscus in the air, and the soothing sound of crashing ocean waves. Make this Hawaiian fantasy your reality, when you plan a trip to paradise with your paramour.

The Aloha state may well be heaven on earth with its 750 miles of Corona commercial-worthy beaches, waterfalls, active volcanoes, and spectacular sunsets. Add in a bevy of adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities and finger-licking good Polynesian eats, and you may never want to leave.

Whether you are glimpsing the gentle giants of the ocean, getting lei-d at a traditional luau, or holding on to your honey for dear life while tandem parasailing, Hawaii is a romantic oasis built for lovers.

Read on to discover the most unforgettable romantic things to do with your better half on your adventure in Hawaii...

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Hawaii Hotels

So many islands to choose from, so little time! From Oahu to Maui and everything in between there is no shortage of gorgeous locales in which to experience your romantic Hawaii vacation.

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Couples coveting luxury amenities and poolside bars will love the sleek minimalism and upscale touches at the Modern Honolulu. Meanwhile, those seeking the sand beneath their feet will gravitate towards the Point at Poipu.

Whatever your lodging preferences, we offer countless romantic options for Hawaii Hotels & Resorts. As always, book your accommodations with confidence knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates.

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Most Romantic Restaurants

Sweeping views of the Pacific, romantic hotel elegance and exotic flavors of Hawaii meld together to create a dreamy dining experience at the most romantic restaurants in the Aloha State:

Hoku’s

Elegant and award-winning fine dining at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hoku’s menu is a tasty tribute to Hawaiian, Asian, Mediterranean, and European flavors.

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Opt for one of their exquisite tasting menus and sample ahi poke carpaccio, Hawaiian shellfish ravioli, and pan-roasted duck breast. 

Alaia

Recount the success of your last surf session, as you and your honey salivate over the North Shore’s finest sea-to-table cuisine.

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The Turtle Bay Resort is unmatched for upscale elegance and Alaia’s local cuisine delivers. Much on Kona Lobster and Mea’ai Kai Kopa before moving on to Seared Mahi Mahi and a luscious Pecan-Papaya Parfait to finish.

53 By The Sea

Feast so close to the ocean you’ll still be able to hear the crashing surf at this premier establishment serving up unbelievable views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Stuff yourself silly with seafood delights such as honey macadamia nut shrimp, hamachi ceviche, and pan-seared ahi steak. 

Wide shot of Waipi'o Valley Lookout on a sunny day with bright blue water in Oahu, Hawaii, USA

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Most Instagrammable Spots

Instagram husbands, wives, and partners relax! We’ve taken the guesswork out of compiling the Island’s most photogenic locales to bring you the most blissful romantic couples Hawaii pics yet.

Waipi'o Valley Lookout

Panoramic lookouts, a beautiful black-sand beach, and a string of cascading waterfalls make this Big Island spot a nature lover's dream.

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Rainbow Falls

The fairytale-like scene of a gushing wide waterfall cascade from 80 ft high into a lava cave below, all set against the backdrop of a leafy forest makes for some truly magical romantic Hawaii content. 

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

This garden’s name means peace and tranquility, and it's easy to see why snaps here have the unique quality of capturing the meditative presence of palm trees, mountains, and lush greenery.

The Royal Hawaiian

Everything's coming up pink! Also known as the ‘Pink Palace’, the Royal Hawaiian is one of the oldest hotels on the Island, and its rosy facade and iconic signage make for superior social media content.

View of where the ocean meets the sand at Sunset Beach with an orange sunset in the distance in Oahu, Hawaii, USA

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Best Sunsets

Besides pineapples, surfing, and poke, is there anything more iconic than a romantic sunset in Hawaii? 

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Revel in the pure euphoria of a sky painted amber gold, orange, red, and purple with our list of the best spots to watch another day in paradise come to an end:

  • Makua Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Waikiki/ Ala Moana Beach
  • Hanalei Bay
  • Haena State Park

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Sail Maui Whale Watching Tours

Take to the open seas to spy the most majestic mammals - the mighty humpback! You and your babe will not be able to contain your excitement as you cruise through romantic Maui on the lookout for mama whales with their baby calves in Hawaii.

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Choose from three distinct whale watching tours and keep that camera closeby to document every tail slap and aquatic acrobatic stunt:

Sail with the Whales Lahaina - a restful morning whale watching cruise complete with coffee that departs from Lahaina Harbor. With the wind on your side, this cruise is exclusively sail-driven!

Sail with the Whales Ma'alaea - an afternoon tour that includes wine and local beer, set forth in the afternoon for a whale-filled day of adventure.

'Alihilani Whale Watch - a luxury catamaran sailing experience, sip on your coffee while you observe the sea for breaches.

Holo Holo Catamaran Tours - Niihau & Na Pali Super Tour

If your Hawaiian hottie hasn't already taken your breath away, the tropical waters along the Na Pali coast sure will.

Enjoy 7 enchanting hours aboard the Holo Holo, your sleek and comfortable 65' catamaran, as you sail in style along Kauai's western edge. Your tour includes all meals, delectable drinks, a bit of history, and snorkeling.

Speaking of snorkeling, grab your hunk by the hand and dive into the most beautiful water you've ever seen. Snorkeling at Lehua Crater and Niihau offers an underwater experience unlike any other. Simply teaming with marine life, you and your sweetie will be gushing about this adventure for years to come.

Kauai Sea Tours - Na Pali Sightsee Sunset Dinner Cruise

A vibrant sunset in the boldest hues plus the serene motion of the ocean add up to one picture-perfect evening aboard the Lucky Lady.

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Treat your sweetie to a maritime evening they’ll never forget when you purchase tickets to the Kauai Sea Tours - Na Pali Sightsee Sunset Dinner Cruise. This 4-hour deluxe sightseeing cruise is pure romance in a bottle. 

Lounge in style in either the upper or lower deck or cabin, as you sip mai tais, beer, or wine while scanning the coast for playful dolphins, humpback whales, and other friendly marine life. 

While the dining aboard this first-class vessel may be fine, your dressing need not be! Come in your chicest beach attire and tantalize your taste buds with a casual local style dinner including such pleasing plates as Polynesian teriyaki chicken, oriental tofu stir fry, and fresh-baked focaccia. 

Afternoon Cruise

Get even closer to the mystery and beauty that lie beneath the crystal clear ocean waters of Oahu on an Afternoon Cruise on a Hawaii Glass Bottom Boat. 

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Gaze away at the mesmerizing azure sea through your boat’s glass bottom and try to spy honu (sea turtles), eels, reef sharks, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish. 

Your ship for the afternoon will be the stately Haleiwa Queen, who will guide you through a 60-minute tour of the Pacific’s most enchanting spots. 

Revel in the picturesque landscape of Oahu’s South Shore, Le'ahi (Diamond Head), tropical reefs, and one of Hawaii’s most revered shipwrecks.

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Wrap up your hour of watery sightseeing with a complimentary onboard beverage. 

West Oahu Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Cocktails and a phenomenal sunset, what could be a better pairing? Uplevel your traditional date night with a breathtaking West Oahu Sunset Cocktail Cruise.

A seaworthy excursion that is just beginning to be documented on social media, your barefoot cruise (yup, check your shoes at the dock) will traverse the striking West Oahu and Ko Olina coast.

Prep your partner to record the most extraordinary sunset of your life, and perhaps even observe the rarely seen ‘green flash’ natural illusion before you chow down on your local dinner and drinks*.

Linger over bites of Hibachi chicken, marinated veggies, rosemary potatoes, and Ginger Scallion Fried Rice before you watch the sun finally slip away.

**The excursion ticket includes 2 free drink tickets.

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Wailua River Kayak Tour

The couple that kayaks together stays together! Perfect your paddle, and work on truly getting in sync when you book your Wailua River Kayak Tour.

Venture into the verdant jungle rivers of Kuaii, the Garden Island, on this 4.5-hour kayaking tour that showcases the lush flora, fauna, and natural attractions that call the Wailua River home.

This ancient spot was actually the original home of the first Hawaiians, who paddled 1,500 miles from the Marquesas Islands to Kaua`i almost 1500 years ago.

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Listen up as your knowledgeable local guide regales you with stories and legends from Kauai's most sacred areas before heading onto Kamokila village, an uncanny recreation of an ancient Hawaiian homestead.

Lovebirds should be in fairly good shape as you will be paddling for about 5 miles through the jungle river. Lastly, round out your epic day of river excitement with a rigorous waterfall hike to the 120 ft Secret Falls where you will dig into your complimentary Hawaiian-style lunch. 

Jet Ski Oahu - H2O Watersports

Calling all thrill-seekers, channel your inner Bond, and grab your sexy co-star for a day of splish-splashing exhilaration with Jet Ski Oahu - H2O Watersports

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The perfect activity for a pair of water babes, ride together and feel the refreshing spray of ocean water as you race up and down the scenic Maunalua Bay.  Have a waterproof phone or camera at the ready to commemorate your epic wave jumps and any nearby marine life. 

Conquer the waves without fear, knowing you are riding an all-new Yamaha VX110 Personal Watercraft. 

Kauai Sea Tours - Deluxe Na Pali Snorkel Cruise

Dolphins, turtles, and whales, oh my! Explore a mysterious world under the sea with your amor when you set forth on a Kauai Sea Tours - Deluxe Na Pali Snorkel Cruise.

Your custom-built catamaran, the Lucky Lady will be your conduit for traversing the stunning Na Pali coast of Kauai. Surrender to the sea as you snorkel and swim your way through schools of exotic fish and sea turtles.

This nature-filled tour will also include swoon-worthy stops and vistas of some of Hawaii’s best sea cliffs, caves, waterfalls, pristine beaches, and the remote wilderness coastline.

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There is plenty of fun to be had on deck as well with a custom swim platform and waterslide. Take a break from all of the aquatic exercise, with an icy cold Mai Tai, or beer as you nosh on a tasty continental breakfast.

Parasailing Oahu - H2O Watersports

Some things are just better as a duo! Treat your better half to a day of sun, sea, and high flying when you reserve your spot with Parasailing Oahu - H2O Watersports.

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An invigorating ride that will have you and your babe soaring up to 800 ft in the air, parasailing in Oahu is the thrill of a lifetime. Glide over pristine aquamarine waters and capture once and lifetime memories from your unique vantage point.

Parasail without reservation, knowing your special seacraft was specifically designed to give you the smoothest, safest ride. 

Feel free to upgrade your ride for an additional fee to experience an even longer, higher, and more extreme sail!

Historic Hilo Bay Waterfalls Kayak Tour

Perfect that stroke with your beloved partner on your Historic Hilo Bay Waterfalls Kayak Tour

A completely novel way to uncover the beauty of Hilo, this 2 hour professionally guided tour lets you ‘choose your own adventure’ as you select either a kayaking or paddle boarding escapade.

Slice your paddle into the turquoise waters below as your well-informed guide provides fascinating history and context on the surrounding area, including Moku Ola (Coconut Island). 

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Leisurely cruise down tranquil rivers, explore hidden waterfalls and keep your eyes peeled for the friendly native turtles that populate this area.

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Evening Volcano Explorer

Volcanoes and steaming hot lava flows are sure to add a bit of va-va-voom to any relationship! Embark on the original volcano lovers tour, the Evening Volcano Explorer, and prepare to unearth the natural beauty, wonder, and unique history of Hawaii’s volcanoes. 

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Your 7-hour tour begins with a charming drive through the town of Hilo and her historic waterfront. Afterwards you'll move on to the old fishing village of Kalapana. 

Here your knowledgeable National Park Service certified guide will educate you on the riveting volcanology, geology, and history of the famous Kilauea volcano, and her surrounding lava flows, flora, and fauna.  

Stretch those quads and hike past the lava flow to the stunning new black sand beach. 

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More Instagram worthy tour highlights include stops at the:

  • Star of the Sea Painted Church
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs
  • And more!

Get your fill of a delicious deli-style picnic lunch (or dinner) before heading home. 

Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure

Is your love written in the stars? Spend an unforgettable night underneath the twinkling stars of Mauna Kea with your soulmate. 

The Mauna Kea Summit & Stars Adventure is an 8-hour nocturnal affair that covers everything from desolate lava flows to volcanoes and stargazing.

As your intimate group mounts the summit and climbs to almost 14,000 ft in elevation you will watch the tropical oasis of the island transform into rugged mountainous terrain. Once at the summit you will pause to observe the jaw-dropping views of the horizon, Haleakala on Maui, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai.

Upon arriving at Mauna’s base you will be rewarded with a hot, picnic family-style dinner before the last leg of your drive to the summit. 

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Here at the tallest point, your guide will educate you on Hawaii's remarkable natural, cultural, and geologic history while you sip piping hot chocolate and dream about the exponential universes and above. 

Gunstock Ranch Horseback Rides

Do you and your western riding lass dream about that Cowboy life? Giddyup with the best of them on your Gunstock Ranch Horseback Ride

For the quintessential paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy) experience for you and your love, we recommend the intimate Sunset Dinner Horseback ride. 

This private tour pulls out all of the romantic stops as you snake through mountain trails while glimpsing at the crashing ocean below. 

On top of your noble steed, you will witness the ravishing beauty of an island sunset as you make your way to the scenic lookout, which provides a panoramic view of the Windward side of Oahu. 

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Break bread with your boo and gobble down mouthfuls of Boneless Short Rib w/ Kalbi Sauce, Pan-seared chicken, or Island Style Mac-Nut Mahi Mahi before riding home in the moody light of dusk. 

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours

Spoil your snuggle bug with a heart-racing helicopter tour that will leave you scaling the skies thousands of feet above the ground.

Select from any number of aerial adventures when you pre-book your

Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours in Maui. Active lava flows, cascading waterfalls, all set against the picturesque backdrop of the Valley Island make for an extraordinary sky-bound voyage. 

Ogle at the world’s most geologically active region on earth from the comfort of your Eco-Star helicopter. The helicopter is equipped with 21st-century “quiet-technology.”  This allows for first-class seating for every guest, an expansive cockpit, and unbeatable panoramic views.

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Survey the grand Mauna Kea Volcano, the Hamakua Coast, and the Waipio Valley. These beautiful sights boast 2,000-ft. cliffs and 1,200-ft. cascading waterfalls.

This otherworldly volcanic activity can only be observed from the air. Therefore, pull on your (provided) noise-canceling Bose headset and get ready to take to the Hawaiian heavens.

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Beauty and the Feast a Circle Island Experience

Prime your tummy, and your favorite foodie partner in crime for a day of drool-worthy eats when you reserve your Beauty and the Feast a Circle Island Experience.

Get to know the people, culture, and history of the Gathering Place through its most delicious export - its food! Your 8-hour food tour will expose you to both the serene natural scenery of Oahu, and its most tasty treats.

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Notable tour highlights stops, and food samples include:

  • Breakfast at Leonard’s Malasadas served at Hanauma*
  • Bay Lookout stop
  • Halona Blowhole and Nu’uanu Pali Lookout stop 
  • Tropical Macadamia Nut Farm
  • Lunch at a North Shore Shrimp truck*
  • Kahuku Fruit Stand - sample the best-fried bananas in the world, as well as the more exotic fruits
  • Historic Haleiwa Town visit - known for their famous shaved iced and surfer-y ambiance
  • Dole Pineapple Plantation visit - home of the iconic ‘Dole Whip’ frozen treat

**denotes an included meal

The Feast at Mokapu Luau

The rhythmic shaking of the hula, the flaming spectacle of fire dancers, and the most luxurious Luau meal yet, come together to create the Feast at Mokapu Luau. 

Earn some serious brownie points with your bae when you attend Hawaii's most authentic luxury luau at the Wailea Resort. 

This culinary and cultural experience has been handcrafted for your dining pleasure. In addition, it includes everything from unlimited bespoke cocktails to Polynesian history. 

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Let yourself be captivated by the costumes, drama, and storytelling of the performers. Meanwhile, sit back and relish the ohana-style meal created by Executive Chef Isaac Bancaco. 

Superior supper standouts include:

  • the Pa'i'ai-Traditional Hand Pounded Poi from Waikapu
  • Ahi Poke, Kalua Pig with Hawaiian Salt and Banana Stump
  • Whole Roasted fish and edamame rice

Liberty Luau at Pearl Harbor

Keep that dance card full as you are going to want to Foxtrot the night away at the Liberty Luau at Pearl Harbor

This is a quirky departure from the traditional Luau experience. Liberty Luau recreates the magic, excitement, and patriotic spirit of 1940s Pearl Harbor right in the Aviation Museum’s historic Hangar 37. 

Keep swinging and grooving to the music of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Meanwhile, revel in the authentic reimagining of a USO Tour in Waikiki. Gaze upon the period-perfect decor. In addition, enjoy the island's most talented entertainers. During the evening, drink your complimentary Mai Tais and chow down on a BBQ-style dinner. 

WINERY OENO Island Style Wine Tasting

Love, like wine, only gets better with time. So reward the hard-earned years with your pumpkin by visiting the only winery on Oahu. What could be better than a romantic wine tasting in Hawaii?

Your Winery Oeno Island Style Wine Tasting is the ideal time to go grape crazy! The winery is located in an artist warehouse. Meanwhile, its hip decor provides the perfect backdrop for an afternoon of sipping six exclusive Oeno wines.

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Learn all about the winemaking process and the different grapes utilized here to produce their wide range of wines

  • red
  • white
  • Sangria
  • dessert

Next, enjoy an expert-led wine tasting, and be sure to pick up a bottle or two to bring home.

Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm

Need a break from the extreme watersports, surfing, and hiking that pepper most Hawaiin vacations? 

Take things down a notch and appreciate the sweeter, slower side of island life with your very own honey bee on the Kona Tour: Coffee Plantation, Kealakekua Bay, Kaloko-Honokohau Park, and Bee Farm.

Dig deep into the island’s ancient history on this 7-hour tour that showcases legends, lore, local honey, and Kona coffee. Begin your southern trek down the coast. Afterwards, your guide will point out petroglyph sites that are hidden among the black rocks. 

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Keep your eyes peeled as you saunter across the Honokohau Beach shoreline. Here, it's possible to glimpse sea turtles surfacing for air, or even a native Hawaiian monk seal. 

Next, board your luxury minivan. Then, make your way to Kona. Your small travel group will stop at such historic landmarks and sights such as Mokuaikaua Church and Kealakekua Bay.

Finally, it's time for the sweet stuff. After you arrive at Big Island Bees you'll be introduced to a local organic farm that produces honey worthy of the gods. Tour the property, meet the bees and the beekeeper. Next you'll get to sample this ethereal nectar. 

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Wrap up the day with a little extra caffeine buzz. Meanwhile, arrive at the 'coffee belt', aka the home of Kona coffee, and explore the orchards of a coffee plantation. Tour the coffee farm grounds, sample the delectable goods, and devour your farm-fresh lunch. 

The last King of Hawaii was King David Kalakaua. He once said that ‘Hula is the language of the heart and, therefore, the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.’

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It is no wonder then, that this heartbeat and this love can be felt all over the Aloha state. 

Everywhere you go from the dramatic black sand beaches to the rugged mountains of Mauna Kea, to the joyous Luaus of the luxury resorts, you can find the spirit of amour in romantic Hawaii. 

However you and your significant other choose to experience romantic Hawaii, from swoon-worthy stargazing at 9,000 ft elevation, to a private sunset horseback ride and picnic, we have no doubt that you’ll be begging Cupid for just one more day in the ‘Paradise of the Pacific.’

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