By Laura Millyard

Marooned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and home to beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and starry nights, Hawaii is an ideal location for a honeymoon. Its capital city, Honolulu, offers a matchless diversity of experiences, and will not disappoint newlyweds looking for a romantic escape.

Oahu, of which Honolulu is the cultural centre, is the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands, and is known as the “Heart of Hawaii”. It offers couples an escape from the stresses of home as they begin their new life together. And in Honolulu you can have an action packed adventure or a relaxing break – the choice is yours.

Nothing says romance more than a night under the stars, and in Honolulu the will stars seem closer than ever as you lay on a beach with your partner next to you.  Star-gazing can mean pitching up with a towel on the sand or relaxing on a lounger in your resort, but for the keen astronomers there are opportunities to learn more about the night’s sky. The planetarium at the Bishop Museum facilitates star-gazing tours, or alternatively you could have one arranged with your hotel.  Either way, if you decide to honeymoon in Honolulu you can be guaranteed beautiful scenery at night.

Honolulu’s North Shore is where the world goes to surf, so it’s worth a visit while you are on your honeymoon, even if it’s just to watch. With 112 miles of beach, there are many surfing spots in Hawaii, but the North Shore has the best waves by far. At their biggest from October to January, reaching about 30 feet, the spot is a natural competition ground and area for professionals to test their skills. If you and your partner are feeling adventurous, surfing schools on the North Shore can teach you the basics.

Once you’ve dried off after a surfing lesson, you may want to do some sightseeing.  Honolulu is rich in history, and there are an abundance of tours which may be ideal for your honeymoon. The great thing about Honolulu is that you can have a unique experience due to the sheer variety of amenities available. You could visit iconic hotels such as The Pink Palace, Honolulu’s answer for The Waldorf, or the Moana Surfrider, built in 1901 and still open for visitors today. Animal lovers could spend a day in Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, or those looking for culture could head to the Judiciary History Centre or the Kawaiaha’o Church.

If you are looking to shop while on your honeymoon, Honolulu has plenty of places on offer. Perhaps you are setting up a new home and are looking for some unique home ware, or you just want to see a shopping centre in Hawaii. Aloha Tower, 10 floors high and near the ocean, doubles up as both a lookout point and an excellent shopping complex. For Hawaiian products and souvenirs, visit the Ala Moana shopping centre. The semi-outdoor mall makes a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with your partner, even if you are only window shopping or having a drink at a café.

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