Where To Go In Hawaii

With my due date quickly approaching, we decided to take advantage of our holiday break from work to go on a babymoon and connect with eachother on a vacation to Hawaii! It was the perfect combination of much needed rest and exploring beautiful views while enjoying time together before baby girl arrives. I was about 28 weeks which was the perfect time as I still had a good amount of energy and wasn’t feeling too uncomfortable. Another reason why we chose Hawaii is that the flight from San Diego to Hawaii is fairly short to get to our tropical getaway! If you are planning a babymoon or fun getaway to Hawaii, here are my favorite spots that we visited:

1. Kailua-Kona Town

We flew in on a Sunday afternoon and stayed just outside of Kona at the cutest Airbnb! Our trip was in late December and the weather was just absolutely gorgeous. The Airbnb was a short distance to Ali’i Drive where there are beautiful beaches, tons of restaurants, and more! After we checked in and got settled, we went to explore Magic Sands Beach for the sunset and grabbed some local Hawaiian food. Tip: the most affordable store to buy groceries was at Walmart. Groceries at other stores can be quie expensive! Here were some of our favorite places to visit in Kona:

  • Magic Sands Beach- gorgeous family friendly beach
  • Sushi Cocoro & Udon Noodle-Tuna-Ichi- delicious and very affordable sushi
  • Kona Brewing Co- Yummy food and drinks with good atmosphere
  • Kalikala Cuisine- This breakfast/lunch restaurant had a beautiful beach view, amazing service, and delicious banana bread
  • Heavenly Coffee Tour- this is a FREE coffee tour with the nicest staff you will ever meet!
  • Our Airbnb spot linked here.
Magic Sands Beach
Heavenly Hawaiian Farms Coffee Tour

2. Hilo

The second day in Hawaii we drove from Kona to Hilo to explore the waterfalls. These three waterfalls are fairly close together and are must see destinations in my opinion. Then we grabbed some food at Puka Puka Kitchen before exploring more of the island!

  • Akaka Waterfalls
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Pe’ep’e Falls and the Boiling Pots
Akaka Falls
Rainbow Falls
Pe’ep’e Falls and the Boiling Pots

3. Waipio Valley Lookout

After lunch on the second day, we drove up to this beautiful lookout in hopes of seeing the black sand beach as well. The black sand beach was not easy to access and it was getting a bit late so we enjoyed the view at the Waipio Valley Lookout and got some delicious fresh fruit at a local stand. Afterwards we drove through Waimea back to Kona, which was a beautiful drive with green and rolling hills.

Waipio Valley Lookout

4. Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

On our third day in Hawaii, we drove to the south tip of the island to see another one of the island’s black sand beaches. It was a long drive but so worth it to see the different sand made from basalt and lava! There is a protected cove here which makes it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

5. Two Step Beach

We went snorkeling and beach hopping for our fourth and final day in Hawaii. Two Step Beach was a great beach for snorkeling and swimming. There were so many fish here and there was a great ledge with steps to get into the water! This beach is also really close to the Pu’uhanua O Honaunau (City of Refuge) which is a National Historical Park to learn more about Hawaiian history.

6. Makalawena Beach

The drive to this beach was a bit rocky but definitely worth it! The views were absolutely gorgeous and it was a great beach to lay out and enjoy the sun.

We flew back home on our fifth day and it was sooo hard to want to go back to reality! It was such a wonderful trip and definitely worth visiting Hawaii. Some other popular places/activities that we didn’t get to go to on this trip were the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Kua Bay Beach, and attending a luau which were all closed due to the pandemic. I guess that means we’ll just have to go back soon to check out these places!

xoxo Jess

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