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Top 10 Reasons Why Maui is a Bucket List Honeymoon Destination

Honeymooning in Maui has long been a bucket list destination. With beautiful beaches, stunning views, and great weather, it’s hard to imagine a prettier or more romantic place around the world than Maui. Whether you’re a casual couple who just wants to unplug or looking for the finer things in life, you should put Maui on your honeymoon bucket list. Here are 10 reasons why I think Maui will give you an amazing honeymoon.

Why Maui?

Hawaii is made up of several different Islands, that all offer multiple “OMG!” experiences.

In this article, I will focus on the island of Maui and 10 reasons why you should put
Maui on your honeymoon short list!

Maui is that enchanting gem among the Hawaiian Islands that will leave you with
everlasting memories. The place epitomizes the dreamy and idyllic ambiance that is
synonymous with Hawaii.

Captivating Adventures

Maui promises a series of captivating adventures. You can view the majestic whales
and engage in unforgettable snorkeling encounters with graceful sea turtles. Witness
the mesmerizing spectacle of a sunset luau, and indulge in a luxurious experience
within a romantic cabana on the pristine white sand beaches.

Easy Island Hopping Day Trips From Maui

For those seeking even more exploration, Maui is the perfect location for you to take an
Island Hop for the day, to one of the other Hawaiian Islands. You can take invigorating
cruises or quick, convenient flights to neighboring islands. Here is a BRIEF description
overview to get you excited.


Kauai, located west of Maui, is easily accessible by flight. This beautiful island is
renowned for its natural wonders, including the awe-inspiring Waimea Canyon,
featuring breathtaking elevations of 3,600 feet and cascading majestic waterfalls.

For an unforgettable whale-watching experience, visitors can head to the Kilauea
Lighthouse, perched on a seaside cliff. The island also offers the perfect setting to
witness picturesque sunsets at Poipu Beach Park and enjoy adventurous kayaking amid
the stunning Wailua Falls.


Lanai, an island located southwest of Maui accessible by ferry, offers a remarkable
escape for off-the-beaten-path adventurers. Here, you can embark on exhilarating hikes along red dirt roads, experience the serenity of horseback riding in picturesque
fields, and have the unique opportunity to meet the charming residents of the cat

Lanai promises an extraordinary and intimate experience, away from the typical tourist


Molokai, a captivating island, boasts the breathtaking beauty of Halawa Valley, where
lush foliage and cascading waterfalls create a mesmerizing landscape. The turquoise
waters and unspoiled beaches of Papohaku Beach add to its charm. To truly experience
Molokai, go beyond the typical tourist spots and connect with the local community.

Engage with the island’s people by volunteering on local farms and seeking information about hidden gems like the canoe club and unique excursions not commonly found in guidebooks.

Molokai is accessible from Maui via a 90-minute ferry ride or a 25-minute flight.


Nestled in the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean, Molokini emerges as a tiny yet
extraordinary crescent-shaped island. This captivating landmass is a partially
submerged volcanic crater, adding a touch of mystique to its allure. Renowned for its
natural beauty and crystal-clear waters, Molokini has become a highly sought-after
destination for snorkelers and those seeking extraordinary day cruises.

Molokini’s unique geological features and position as a marine biodiversity sanctuary
make it an unparalleled destination for nature lovers.

Molokini is a quick 30-minute ferry ride from Maui.

Pearl Harbor

Is Pearl Harbor on your list of things to do? You can easily take a day trip to Oahu to
see Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

Many Luxurious & Pampering Resort Options

Maui also boasts exclusive resort options, making it an ideal paradise for
honeymooners. In Maui you will have your pick of amazing resorts that will give you
service, pampering, and romance! From the romantic views of the Four Seasons Hotel
Maui at Wailea, to the Art Deco elegance of the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, there is a
resort for every couple.

Window Shopping & Historic Strolls in West Maui

The primary entry point for most visitors to Maui is West Maui. This region has unique
locations like Kapalua, Honolua Bay, Kaanapali, and the historically rich town of
Lahaina. Once a quaint fishing village, Lahaina now boasts charming historic streets,
distinct art galleries, and charming boutiques, adding to the allure of this beautiful

Whale Watching

The optimal time to spot whales in Maui is from December to May. You can witness
these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Numerous guided tours are
available, ensuring a memorable and immersive experience as you embark on a journey to confront these awe-inspiring marine beings.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Kapalua Beach provides a snorkeling experience in calmer and more protected waters,
ensuring a safer environment for underwater exploration. Honolua Bay, located a few
miles east, offers a rocky terrain for those seeking a different snorkeling adventure.

Kaanapali Beach features Black Rock, a popular spot where the ocean reaches depths
of up to 25 feet, inviting diving and snorkeling enthusiasts to immerse themselves.

Hiking Trails To Haleakala Volcano

Three-fourths of Maui is made of the Haleakala volcano, which has its own national
park. Its crater has several hiking trails, from 10-minute jaunts to more difficult treks for
day trippers and campers.

A Tour Of The West Maui Mountains

Honeymooners can enjoy a captivating journey through the majestic Mauna Kahalawai,
also known as the West Maui Mountains. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Iao Valley State Park, where the tropical lushness welcomes you at every turn.
Witness the awe-inspiring power of nature at the Nakalele Blowhole, a natural wonder that leaves visitors spellbound.

Stroll along the charming bridges nestled within the luxuriant embrace of the Waihe’e
Valley rainforest. You will be captivated by the abundant wonders that await you on
this extraordinary adventure.

Don’t Miss a Luau

A Maui honeymoon is truly incomplete without the magical experience of a sunset
luau. Delight your taste buds with a sumptuous spread of traditional Hawaiian cuisine,
featuring various delectable dishes celebrating the island’s rich culinary heritage. Be
mesmerized by the graceful artistry of hula dancers as they weave enchanting tales
through their captivating movements, transporting you to a world of ancient legends
and traditions.

And as the evening unfolds, the mesmerizing spectacle of fire dancers and their skillful
performances will entice you. The unforgettable and romantic ambiance is just what
honeymooners need.

The Best Times of Year to Go on a Maui Honeymoon

Maui offers a delightful experience for visitors throughout the year, with certain
months standing out for specific activities. For a perfect island getaway, plan your visit
between April, May, and September through November, when the weather is pleasant,
and the crowd is also less. If you’re a surfing enthusiast, December is the ultimate time
to catch the waves.

Famous for its upscale ambiance and unspoiled beauty, Maui radiates an air of sophistication and pristine elegance. It is a haven where celebrities frequently grace the shores, often calling this paradise their home. With its idyllic beaches, opulent resorts, and oceanfront dining establishments, Maui offers a haven of luxury living. The island’s landscape is a symphony of cascading waterfalls, beautiful rainforests, and awe-inspiring vistas – it provides the picture-perfect setting for an unforgettable honeymoon.

When it comes to honeymoons, there’s no question that going to this island paradise provides a memorable experience that will live in your memories for years to come. If you take time to plan your Maui honeymoon right, you will have fun and enjoy yourselves, relax, and spend quality time together on one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations ever conceived.

Whether it’s for your honeymoon or for a special anniversary, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Maui. From resort suggestions to some off-the-beaten path activities to try, I’ve included some fun ideas for you and your new spouse to enjoy during your trip. Just remember that no matter how tempting it may be to play it safe on your resort, nothing can replace real experience – so get out there and explore!

If you are in the middle of trying to figure out your honeymoon, or just feel like you need a helping hand. Hit the easy button, and schedule a free 30 minute consultation with me today. I will do my best to help you make your bucket list honeymoon a reality.

Top 30 Places to Visit on Oahu During your Hawaii Vacation

places to visit on Oahu

A Hawaii vacation is on so many people’s bucket lists! From gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, world class beaches, and a rich culture and history, it isn’t hard to see why. Oahu is the most populous of the Hawaiian islands and truly offers something for visitors of all ages. Today, we wanted to share with you 30 places to visit on Oahu during your Hawaii vacation.


Waikiki Beach

Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world-famous Waikiki Beach offers a sandy beach full of coral and seashells along with calm waters, which are perfect for a surfing lesson. High-end boutiques, shops, and restaurants are just steps away. After the Waikiki sunset, the fun continues with amazing nightlife and live music. Don’t miss the photo op with the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, either.

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) sits prominently near the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline and is arguably Hawaii’s most recognized landmark. Diamond Head State Monument offers an historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily, including holidays. The last entrance to hike is at 4:30pm. Gates lock at 6:00pm daily.

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is 42 acres and home to 905 different animals from the tropics. Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of African animals can be seen daily. The Honolulu Zoo is the only zoo in the United States that originated in a King’s grant of royal lands. The Honolulu Zoo is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily, day except Christmas Day.

places to visit on Oahu

International Marketplace

Just steps away from Waikiki Beach, you can visit the International Marketplace. Here, you’ll find over 80 stores in addition to Waikīkī’s largest collection of restaurants on their open-air Grand Lānai. With extraordinary eateries from award-winning chefs like Michael Mina and Roy Yamaguchi, the next chapter in your culinary journey is just around the corner. Bring your appetite and let your culinary story unfold.

Waikiki Aquarium

Located on a live coral reef, the Waikiki Aquarium is home to 460 species of marine life with a creature count of over 3,000. You’ll find fish, sharks, and the only chambered nautilus born in captivity, among others. The Waikīkī Aquarium is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States. The Aquarium is open every day, except Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ala Moana Center

The refreshing Hawaiian wind blows through Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping center. There are more than 350 shops and restaurants to explore, including four department stores, first-class boutiques and over 160 dining options. The center’s retailers specialize in everything from casual wear to unique Hawaii surf gear, Aloha shirts, swimsuits and much more. Join us for a shopping excursion in paradise, and don’t forget to enjoy the hula and ukulele performances.

Manoa Falls

The Manoa Falls trail is a 1.6 mile well maintained path through the rainforest, ending at a stunning water fall. The beginning of the trail crosses over a footbridge and then crosses a small stream through a grove of Eucalyptus trees. The trail gradually ascends through a lush rainforest ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the falls. There is a low rock wall and suspended cable with signs indicating the danger of landslide and instructing hikers to not go beyond that point. The trail ends at a graveled viewing area from which the public may view the waterfall and pool. Because of its location and its relatively easy terrain and short length, Manoa Falls Trail is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu.

Hawaii State Art Museum

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) has some of the best contemporary art from across the state of Hawaiʻi. The museum cafe, Artizen by MW, is open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday. The museum shop, HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI, features artwork and gift items made by local artists and artisans. HiSAM is a venue for the Art in Public Places Program of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Most of the collection is on display in public buildings, including libraries, schools, and state offices. Artworks in the collection are primarily contemporary works by artists with a connection to Hawai‘i. Admission is always free. The museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and with extended hours on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 pm.The museum is closed on Sunday and on state and federal holidays.

Bishop Museum

Honolulu’s Bishop Museum is Hawaii’s largest museum dedicated to studying and preserving the history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Originally designed to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, a descendant of King Kamehameha I, the museum is now the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. One of Oahu’s most historic places, the museum holds millions of artifacts, documents and photos about Hawaii and other Polynesian cultures. The museum is open seven days a week (excluding some holidays) with regular hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

places to visit on Oahu

Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Museum of Art’s evolving collection comprises more than 50,000 works that span from the Bronze Age to the present. From free custom tours to a detailed gallery guide, the Honolulu Museum of Art has all the tools to help you get the most out of your visit.

Lyon Arboretum

Lyon Arboretum is part of the University of Hawaiʻi and a public botanical garden. Nestled in the back of Mānoa Valley, this nearly 200-acre tropical rainforest is just five miles from the bustle of Waikiki. Lyon Arboretum has over seven miles of hiking trails and boasts more than 6,000 taxa of tropical and sub-tropical plants on our nearly 200 acres. Lyon Arboretum is open to the public Mondays – Fridays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. They are closed Sundays and for state and federal holidays.

Iolani Palace

‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu on the Island of Oahu is the only royal palace in the United States and is an enduring symbol of Hawaiian independence. It was the official residence and capitol of the last ruling monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawai’i – King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Lili’uokalani. After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i in 1893, the building was used as the capitol for the various Hawaiian governments.

Queen Emma Summer Palace

Hānaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), or Queen Emma Summer Palace, served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark, museum, and tourist site preserved by the Daughters of Hawai‘i. Queen Emma Summer Palace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Palace is open seven days a week and offers guided tours for a fee.

Punchbowl Crater

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, located in the Punchbowl Crater, is a beautiful place to visit if you want to honor and pay your respects to more than 25,000 veterans who fought throughout of the nation’s conflicts. This 112-acre cemetery, which was built in the basin of an extinct volcanic tuff cone. The creation of this natural “punchbowl” dates back almost 100,000 years and is the result of an infusion of molten hot lava erupting through cracks within the area’s old coral reefs.

North Shore

places to visit on Oahu

Laniakea Beach (also known as Turtle Beach)

There are actually a few beaches along the North Shore of Hawaii where you can often find green sea turtles. We personally enjoy Laniakea Beach. It’s not too far from Haleiwa and is a reasonable drive, especially if there is a lot of traffic on Kamehameha Highway. If you have more time, you can drive further north to Turtle Beach, Waimea Bay, or Pupukea Beach. Please, do remember to keep your distance though and do not to touch the turtles.


Haleiwa is a beautiful little beach town. There are a number of shops and restaurants within walking distance where you can find fun and authentic souvenirs. You can also find a great variety of food trucks, home of the infamous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck . We don’t think any trip to Haleiwa is complete without a stop at Matsumoto Shave Ice.

Banzai Pipeline

The Banzai Pipeline is in Pupukea. It is known to offer some of the best waves for surfing in the world. Many of the world’s biggest surfing competitions are held here including the Billabong Pipe Masters and Volcom Pipe Pro, among others. The waves are largest in the winter, but the sights are beautiful year round.

Waimea Valley

Located on Wamiea Valley Road, across from Waimea Bay, this beautiful treasure is rich in Hawaiian history and cultural sites, nestled in a stunning botanical garden. Experience more than 5,000 botanicals along a paved path to the 45-foot waterfall. Along the way there are cultural practitioners and artisans sharing various native Hawaiian practices. Waimea Valley is a lush 1,875 acre privately owned property and a non-profit organization. Open daily 9am to 5pm from September to May and 9am to 5:30pm in the summer.

Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, has 6 island villages representing the unique island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. Set on 42 acres along Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center has a lagoon that hosts daily canoe tours and an exciting cultural Canoe Pageant. Their award-winning Ali’i Luau takes guests on a journey to learn about Hawaii’s royalty while enjoying traditional Polynesian food and entertainment. You can also enjoy an immersive cinema presentation “Hawaiian Journey”, a tribute to the splendors of Hawaii. Visit the Hukilau Marketplace to shop for various Hawaiian and island-themed centered handiworks, clothing, jewelry, and treats. End your day by attending the “Ha: Breath of Life” show, featuring over 100 performers and the thrill of Samoan fireknife dancing. The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday from 11:45a – 9:30p. Packages start at $64.95.

places to visit on Oahu

Dole Plantation

Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s “Pineapple Experience” in 1989. Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Also popular are informational displays and presentations, as well as their plantation country store offering a wide variety of Dole Plantation gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments including the world-famous DoleWhip®. And, before you leave you can purchase fresh pineapple to take home.

Windward Coast

Hanauma Bay

Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay offers a pristine marine ecosystem and was even voted the Best Beach in the United States for 2016. A marine education center requires first-time visitors to watch a 9 minute video before entering the park so they can learn about the marine life, preservation and safety rules for the park. All visitors are required by law to refrain from mistreating the marine animals and from touching or walking on the coral. Hanauma Bay is closed every Tuesday so that the fish and bay have 1 day of undisturbed rest. Hanauma Bay entrance opens at 6am and closes at 6pm daily.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve is home to 4,000 acres of natural beauty. You can enjoy a variety of adventures here including ATV tours, kayaking, horseback riding, trolley tours, and so much more. Visit Ka’a’awa Valley, known as Hollywood’s “Hawaii Backlot,” to see where over 50 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies and TV shows were filmed.

Byodo-In Temple

The Byodo-In Temple is located at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The resting place for many of Hawaii’s departed, Valley of the Temples’ hilly landscape is scattered with hundreds of freshly placed tropical flowers to remember loved ones. The Byodo-In Temple is scale replica of a temple in Uji Japan and made entirely without nails. The Temple Grounds are open 8:30am – 5:00pm daily. Last entrance to Temple Grounds is 4:45pm.

Koko Crater Trail

Stretched across nearly 2 miles of Koko Crater in the Windward Coast region of Oahu, this hiking trail features more than 1,000 steps made from abandoned railroad ties. It is quite steep and a rather difficult climb for kids or beginners. At the trail’s summit, visitors will find panoramic vistas of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Diamond Head State Monument. Plant collections occupy sixty acres of the inner slopes and basin of this 200-acre crater.  

places to visit on Oahu

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

The Makapu‘u Point trail, within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, offers outstanding views of O‘ahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November – May). Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds. An interpretive sign and viewing scope along the trail help you view and identify the whales seen from this location.

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park is Hawaii’s #1 marine life and wild animal park, offering fun and educational animal experiences for the entire family. With a focus on education and conservation, our shows, exhibits and interactive programs offer thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime up-close encounters, like swimming with dolphins, sharks, and more! There are educational activities and field trips, great family dining options, many special events including the nightly Ka Moana Lū‘au, and of course, the best place to swim with dolphins in Oahu. Whether you’re seeking a hands-on experience, or you prefer to enjoy the excitement from a distance, Sea Life Park will show you where the heart meets the sea.

Lanikai Beach

Lanikai, or “heavenly sea” in Hawaiian, Beach is known for clear turquoise water, a powdery white sand beach, and balmy breezes. It is a particularly good swimming beach. Lanikai Beach offers a picturesque setting, with palm trees lining the backshore and the nearby twin islands of Mokumanu and Mokulua offshore.

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach allows visitors to rent a kayak, rent a guide, or rent equipment for windsurfing, kitesurfing, boogie boarding or snorkeling. The Kalapawai Market, a vintage beachfront grocery, stocks everything anyone needs for a picnic. This is a beach made for a day trip—and then another one. Kailua Bay’s protective reef allows for safe kayaking and the opportunity to paddle to Mokulua Islands, a bird sanctuary located on a pair of tiny islands with a small beach. You’ll paddle through calm waters with coral reefs and large sea turtles for company. There are generally no significantly hazardous ocean or beach conditions at Kailua Beach, except the occasional presence of Portuguese man-of-war.

Leeward Coast

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, you can learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. You can visit the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, except Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1. The visitor center is free and no tickets are required to see the museums and grounds.

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is one of Oahu’s top 10 most visited family attractions and has been voted Best of Honolulu Magazine’s “Best Family Attraction.” Located in Kapolei, Oahu’s “Second City”, the park features more than 25 exhilarating attractions. Nestled on 29-acres in lush tropical landscaping and natural cliffs, you will find a different adventure in each corner ideal for families and thrill seekers alike.

Where are your favorite places to visit on Oahu? Did we miss any?

Looking for a little taste of the islands at home? Try this egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani!

Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto

(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

Mornings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, are wonderful, especially because of the abundance of delicious breakfast options. You can choose to indulge in a fantastic breakfast buffet at Makahiki, dine on classics and island specialities at ‘AMA‘AMA, or just pick up light breakfast items from Ulu Cafe. You can even have breakfast delivered to your hotel room through room service!

Aulani’s talented chefs created an island-inspired frittata with egg whites and vegetables, topped with a homemade macadamia nut pesto and cheese and it is delicious! Check out the cooking demo video and full recipe for the egg white vegetable frittata recipe from Aulani below. Enjoy!

Egg White Vegetable Frittata Recipe from Aulani with Macadamia Nut Pesto
Serves 4

1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
3 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. chopped macadamia nuts
2 cloves garlic
6 tbsp. olive oil
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup diced eggplant
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced mushroom
1/4 cup diced zucchini
1/4 cup diced artichoke heart
1/4 cup diced tomato
16 egg whites
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/2 cup basil pesto


  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease four (8-ounce) individual casserole dishes with butter. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan for 5 minutes, until hot.
  3. Sauté eggplant in the oil for 2 minutes. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften.
  4. Add mushrooms, zucchini, artichoke heart, and tomato and sauté for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Place 4 egg whites in each casserole dish. Add 1/4 of the vegetables to each dish.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, until eggs are set.
  7. Top each frittata with 1/4 cup of mozzarella, 1 tablespoon of goat cheese, and 2 tablespoons of pesto. Bake for 3-5 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea Offers Free Airfare to Hawaii and More

Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii, but thought it was too expensive to get there? Now is the time to book a cruise to Hawai’i! Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion now lets you choose up to 6 fantastic, FREE offers! Book a Studio or Inside stateroom and choose 1 free offer or choose 3 free offers when you book an Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suite. Best of all, cruise in a Suite and enjoy all six free offers.

Norwegian’s Free at Sea Promotion

Choose up to 6 FREE offers:

  • FREE unlimited beverage package
  • FREE shore excursion credits
  • FREE specialty dining
  • FREE WiFi
  • Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail FREE
  • FREE or reduced roundtrip airfare on select sailings

Norwegian Cruise Line offers you seven days, four islands and two overnight stays in Hawai’i. You’ll visit O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i and the Big Island of Hawai’i, giving you plenty of time ashore. Yes, Hawai’i is a paradise of cascading waterfalls and jewel-toned beaches. It also has some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses and Norwegian’s shore excursions can take you there. Back on board, you can dine, dance, swim, get a massage and wake up every morning to a new view. Take the cruise voted the “Best Hawai’i Itinerary” by the readers of Porthole Magazine and discover Freestyle Cruising with Norwegian.

What are you waiting for? Take advantage of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Free at Sea promotion and start planning your Hawaiian adventure today! Call Siera at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.

Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November


Experience a New Luau at Aulani and Meet Moana Beginning in November

As Hawaii’s top family beach resort celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, Disney recently announced new guest experiences that will debut later this year at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa! You will have the opportunity to experience a new luau at Aulani and even meet Moana from Disney’s upcoming film “Moana” beginning in November.

Starting in November, KA WA‘A, a luau at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa will bring epicurean dining and imaginative entertainment to guests. Luau guests can feast on a sumptuous, local island buffet, and enjoy lively music and traditional Hawaiian dance, including hula kahiko and modern hula ‘auana. Before the luau, you will have the opportunity to enjoy special pre-show entertainment, family activities, traditional crafts and more.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker ("The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Princess & the Frog") and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Moana" sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

MOANA is an adventurous, tenacious and compassionate 16-year-old who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. Along the way, she discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”) and featuring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of Moana, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. ©2016 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Also in November, Moana, from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Moana,” will arrive at Aulani Resort to meet with guests and recount tales of adventure. The animated feature film is about an adventurous teenager who, with help from demigod Maui, sails out on a canoe for a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and save her people.

Both new experiences are inspired by Hawaii’s deep cultural roots in canoe exploration—a voyage which brought Hawaiian ancestors to the beautiful ‘Ewa Loa plains surrounding Aulani Resort. As you may have seen in Aulani Resort Ambassador Janelle’s post from earlier today, we also debuted a one-sixth model of the Polynesian voyaging canoe—the Hokule‘a—in the Maka‘ala Lobby.

What are you looking forward to on your next vacation to Aulani Resort?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Call her at 734-771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com for your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 10 Vacations for 2016: #1 Hawaii

Happy New Year! Now is the time to start thinking about your vacation and getaways for 2016. What is on your bucket list? What memories do you want to create with your family this year? I have picked the Top 10 Vacations for 2016. These are my favorites for this year.


#1 Hawaii

Aloha! Once you visit Hawaii, you will want to come back again and again. The beauty, adventure, culture, food and atmosphere makes Hawaii one of the Top 16 places to visit in 2016. There are so many places in Hawaii to visit. For families, Maui is our top pick with great resorts, shopping, excursions, and dining.  It is a great island to experience Hawaii for 1st timers!

Where do you want to go this year?

Contact Siera today to book and plan your 2016 vacations at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationstoexplore.com

4th Night Free and Free Breakfast at Aulani in Early 2015


Whether we’re ready or not, the air is getting cooler and winter is quickly approaching. After the brutal winter and polar vortex much of the country experience last year, you may be thinking about a tropical getaway this year! A great way to escape the cold is with a tropical vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, in Hawaii. There’s a special offer this winter to make it even more affordable to visit! You can get the 4th night free and free breakfast at Aulani in early 2015.

The longer that you stay at Aulani to enjoy snorkeling in Rainbow Reef or relaxing in the infinity pool at Ka Maka Landing this winter, the more that you will save!

When you book a four night stay at Aulani, you will enjoy the fourth night free as well as a complimentary daily breakfast at the Ulu Cafe. If you think that your family could use a little extra time at Laniwai Spa or Aunty’s Beach House, then you will enjoy 30% off a minimum five night stay as well as complimentary daily breakfast at Ulu Cafe.

You can book your Aulani vacation with one of these offers through February 23, 2015 for travel most nights between January 4, 2015 and March 23, 2015.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information. 

Save up to 35% on a Hawaiian Vacation in Fall 2014

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You can save up to 35% on a Hawaiian vacation in fall 2014 or early 2015. There are some great deals available at properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. You can take advantage of these exclusive savings when you book by August 28, 2014.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui
  • Exclusive 10% savings plus daily breakfast for two
  • Travel now through December 20, 2014

Hyatt Regency Maui on Maui

  • Exclusive 30% savings
  • Travel now through March 31, 2015

Grand Hyatt Kauai on Kauai

  • Exclusive 30% savings
  • Travel now through December 20, 2014

Hyatt Regency Waikiki on Oahu

  • Exclusive 10% savings plus daily breakfast for two
  • Travel now through March 31, 2015

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort on Maui

  • 10% off plus daily breakfast
  • Travel now through March 6, 2015

Waikiki Beach Marriott on Oahu

  • Exclusive 35% savings
  • Travel now through December 24, 2014; January 4, 2015- March 31, 2015

Waikoloa Beach Marriott on The Big Island

  • Exclusive 35% savings
  • Travel now through December 21, 2014; January 2, 2015- March 31, 2015

Wailea Beach Marriott on Maui

  • Exclusive 35% savings
  • Travel now through December 21, 2014; January 4, 2015- March 31, 2015

Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach on Kauai

  • Exclusive 35% savings
  • Travel now through December 21, 2014; January 2, 2015- March 31, 2015

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa on Oahu

  • Exclusive 35% savings
  • Travel now through December 18, 2014; January 1, 2015- March 31, 2015

Please note that the above offers are available for new reservations made by August 28, 2014 and are subject to availability. 

Would you like to save up to 35% on a Hawaiian Vacation in fall 2014? We can help! Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or a free, no obligation quote.

Top 5 Hawaiian Words to Know for Your Family’s Hawaiian Vacation

Aloha! Are you planning a Hawaiian vacation or would you like to? There is a beautiful Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii called Aulani. Aulani is in Ko Olina on the island of Oahu. If you are visiting the Hawaiian islands, it’s a good idea to learn the top 5 Hawaiian words to know before your family’s vacation!

The Aulani Cultural Advisor, Kahulu De Santos, has recommend the five most useful expressions that every Aulani guest should know.

1. Aloha – “Hello”

mickey and minnie at aulani splash pad

Aloha is the Hawaiian word that you will use most during a visit to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa or any Hawaiian island. From the moment you arrive, the spirit of aloha is alive in every cast member interaction. The cool thing about this Hawaiian word is that it also can mean “goodbye.” So, aloha can be used to both begin and end a conversation!

2. E komo mai – “Welcome”

lei welcome at aulani

Just as Walt Disney said when Disneyland park was dedicated, “To all who come to this happy place: Welcome,” a welcoming spirit is the foundation for all Disney Parks & Resorts. Aulani is no exception and a truly beautiful example of that spirit.

3. ‘Ohana – “Family”

family surfing at aulani

If you have seen Lilo and Stitch, this one may already be familiar to you! There is a plethora of activities available for your entire family to enjoy at Aulani. A few guest favorites include Disney Family Fun Animation, ‘Ohana Hula and of course, the Aulani Starlit Hui.

4. Keiki – “Child” or “Children”

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Disney Characters, Aunty’s Beach House and Keiki Cove are just three of the options available for your kids, or keiki (pronounced kay-key), to enjoy during your vacation at Aulani. Even as keiki grow older, there are daily tween and teen activities that allow every member of your ‘ohana (family) to meet new friends and take home treasured experiences.

5. Mahalo – “Thank You”

chip and dale at aulani

Mahalo is another Hawaiian word that is used frequently during visits. Cast members at Aulani often thank guests for visiting Aulani by saying, “Mahalo!”

Hopefully these expressions help you and your ‘ohana feel at home during your Aulani vacation!

Would you like to plan a Hawaiian vacation? We can help!

Siera is a Hawaii Destinations Specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for your free, no obligation quote or more information. 

Travel Deals at Hilton Hotels in Hawaii in 2014

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Would you like to visit the beautiful Hawaiian Islands? You can now take advantage of some spectacular travel deals at Hilton Hotels in Hawaii in 2014. The Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii can be found on O’ahu and Hawai’i, the Big Island. These hotels offer world-class spas for pampering, water excursions, shopping, dining, and authentic activities for your whole family. Hilton Hotels and Resorts are the perfect destination for your tropical, island getaway!

Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort – O’ahu

Hilton Hawaiian Village is located on Waikiki’s widest stretch of beach. This unique getaway offers a wide selection of 90 shops and boutiques, nightly live entertainment, weekly fireworks, award-winning restaurants, lounges and bars, 5 pools including a 5 acre salt-water lagoon and the Paradise Pool which features a ’77 foot waterslide, Camp Penguin® – children’s activity program, Waikiki Starlight Luau, Mandara Spa and much, much more.

When you stay for at least 4 nights, you will receive:

  • Special Daily Rates
  • Mandatory Resort Charge is included
  • One Category Upgrade

This offer is available for travel through January 3, 2015.

Honeymoon Package
Honeymoon guests staying a minimum of 4 nights will receive:

  • Special Daily Rates
  • Mandatory Resort Charge is included
  • One Category Upgrade
  • Coupon for 2 Tropical Drinks
  • Coupon for 2 Golden Circle Tickets to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Starlight Luau

This offer is available for travel through January 3, 2015.

Kids Stay FREE
Guests are allowed to have up to 3 kids 17 and younger stay free of charge when sharing a guestroom with an adult and utilizing existing bedding. This offer is available for travel through January 3, 2015.

Hilton Waikoloa Village® – Hawaii, The Big Island

Hilton Waikoloa Village is located on the Kohala Coast of the Hawaii, The Big Island. This impressive property is nestled within 62 oceanfront acres, offering breathtaking tropical gardens and abundant wildlife. Explore this waterfront resort by air-conditioned trams or mahogany canal boats. You will also enjoy award-winning dining, world-class shopping, and an array of activities ranging from golf, tennis, 3 pools including a 175-foot twisting waterslide and the only interactive dolphin program on the island.

When you stay at least 5 nights, you will receive:

  • Special Daily Rates
  • Full Breakfast Buffet for Two Daily
  • Mandatory Resort Charge is included

Valid room categories:

  • Resort View
  • Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Ocean Tower Ocean Front
  • Ocean & Dolphins (Lagoon Tower)

This offer is available for travel through January 3, 2015.

Paradise Made Simple with Breakfast
Guests will receive FREE Breakfast Buffet daily for two.

Valid room categories:

  • Resort View
  • Ocean View
  • Deluxe Ocean View
  • Ocean Tower Ocean Front
  • Ocean & Dolphins (Lagoon Tower)

This offer is available for travel through January 3, 2015.

Would you like to take advantage of one of these spectacular travel deals at Hilton Hotels in Hawaii in 2014?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your Hawaiian vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information.