The Big Island is a fantastic spot for Newly Weds

Jan 30, 2018 | General Information

Some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere is found on Hawaii’s Big Island. This makes the island perfect for outdoor weddings and renewal of vows. After weddings, many newlyweds and their guests engage in activities or tours that take advantage of the nature’s gifts on the Big Island.

Wedding planners have had plenty of experience with the Big Island’s most scenic wedding locations. Where beaches and beach parks require permits for weddings, wedding planners efficiently handle all details. (By the way the maximum number of people, including vendors, in a wedding on a public beach is 30.) Some of the beaches on the Kailua-Kona and Kohala coasts that are favorites of wedding planners include:

Hapuna Beach, next to the Prince Resort, is perfect for early morning or sunset weddings;
Puako Beach just a few minutes to the south is a favorite alternative if Hapuna is too busy;
Holoholokai Beach next to the Mauna Lani Resort offers a lovely and secluded location;
Waialea Bay, at the 69-mile marker of the Kohala coast, has a beautiful black sand beach with black lava rocks;
The amazing sunsets of A-Bay put it close to the top of the list for wedding ceremonies;
Beautiful white sandy Kukio Beach near the Four Seasons Resort is backed by palm, ironwood and kiawe trees;
Kua Bay provides beautiful fine white sand and great ocean views;
More than three miles long, Old Airport Beach Park is second to none for a beautiful setting with great ocean vistas.
Wedding planners and Tom Barefoot’s Tours collaborate to ensure that, after wedding ceremonies, newlyweds and their guests continue to have very special experiences. Infused with both natural beauty and Hawaiian history, Kealakekua Bay provides waters that are loaded with tropical fish, colorful coral, and playful dolphins. Wedding couples and their guests can customize visits to Kealakekua Bay and its Captain Cook Monument. The waters around the monument have some of the best snorkeling in the state.

Lots of visitors to the Big Island visit Kealakekua Bay for the great snorkeling with views of coral gardens, an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles. Manta and eagle rays also are seen frequently. Dozens of spinner dolphins play around and under kayakers and snorkelers. Humpback whales join the fun during whale season (December to April). The bay itself tends to be very calm even in winter.

In addition to swimming with dolphins and the other unique experiences in Kealakekua Bay, wedding planners recommend that newlyweds and their guests engage in manta ray tours along the Kona coast. Catamarans from Honokohau Harbor and other coastal ports cruise to the ray sighting areas. Snorkeling at sunset or in moonlight with manta rays or diving to see them at night certainly qualifies as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Manta rays have a wing span of up to 16 feet. They feed primarily on plankton which is attracted to light. Imagine snorkeling while holding on to a floatation device amidst the giant manta rays and watching the rays feeding and interacting with other sea creatures.