DNA’s on-going review of the best honeymoon destinations for you and your new husband.
Attractions: Once the sleepy end of the Hawaiian archipelago (there’s 132 islands in all, fact fiends!) Maui was so renowned for its soothing, friendly, healing vibes they named a strand of marijuana after it (“Maui wow-ee”).
While the sugarcane fields have since burnt down and the internet billionaires moved in, this “valley island” retains something of its original charm. Must-dos are whale watching (now called “whale searching”) and dolphin spotting (now “dolphin chasing”). During the peak season of late January to March, there are so many that the residents call it “whale soup”. Ten thousand of these elegant creatures were spotted off the Maui coast last year alone.
Best for couples who demand a tropical paradise with, like, awesome 24/7 American fast food!
Distractions: While Maui often wins Best Island In The World travel accolades, its recent over-development jars with its traditional laid back nature. Kahului Airport is undergoing massive expansion plans – six floors deep, no less – which means there’s going to be even more traffic and tourism in the future. Not so wow-ee.
Romance Factor: A curious combination of tropical palm-tree hospitality and homespun all-you-can-eat Americana, the best news is being gay is perfectly legal in Hawaii. What’s more, the locals, and newer locals alike, welcome happy gay honeymooners, plus generally detest Trump, too. Aloha indeed.
Gay or nay? Way back in 1993, the Hawaiian Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Twenty-five years ago Maui had a gay bar. Now there’s a gay-friendly one, My Bar, in Kallua-Kona and a gay-friendly club, Ambrosia, in Kihei. Body tan fans should congregate at the nude end of Little Beach and enjoy Hawaii, aka the Rainbow State, as it was before Gap came and dressed everyone. Maui Pride is the first weekend in October.
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