Michael Chen, our friend and the general manager at Broken Arrow Golf Club just celebrated his first anniversary with his wife, Sandy. (Woo! Congrats!) As they looked back on their first year as man and wife, they recalled their amazing honeymoon and wanted to share it will all of you!
"We got married on September 28, 2014, but chose to wait until early November for our honeymoon to Hawaii. One of the reasons why we took a month after we got married was to kind of chill. All of our family members from out of the country had left and we were just beginning to experience life as a newlywed couple on our own. Also, we were able to get all our thank you cards written and sent out before our honeymoon. It made for a much more relaxing vacation.
"We booked our honeymoon on Orbitz. It took us several weeks of monitoring the prices, and we found out that Tuesday nights are the best night to book. We ended up saving about $300 per ticket by really doing our research.
"The best advice we can give is to plan the week out. Make a specific plan and try to stick to it. There's always a lot to do and see, so having an idea of the "must-see" destinations really helps keep the vacation moving.
"We went to Diamond Head for hiking one morning, then we rented a car for the week and went sight seeing to the Halona Blowhole, south shore Oahu, Makapu pu lookout.
"One day was spent going to the polynesian cultural center. On the way there, we stopped by the Dole plantation where all the pineapples was picked. After, we stopped by Macky's, a famous local food truck, and had their famous garlic butter shrimp scampi. We also stopped at Dat Cajun Guy, another famous food truck, for their shrimp poor boy and jambalya. Delicious!
"The tickets for the Polynesian Cultural Center were pre-purchased, and with a little bit of research, I got the best price for the experience.
"Of course, while in Hawaii, as sad as it is, we had to see the Pearl Harbor site. It was amazing to visit the historical site and pay our respects.
"Prior to us leaving for our honeymoon, we used Yelp to find all the good local food places and we made sure that we hit them during the week. One of our favorites was the Marukume Udon, it had some of the best udon that we've ever had. The line was so long, it had wrapped around the corner before they even opened for the day. Ono Seafood had poke, which is raw tuna with a special sauce. Our favorite was a spicy tuna! The Ono Seafood restaurant was not only inexpensive, but had really authentic, great tasting food. It really paid to do our research!
"We would love to go back to Hawaii and enjoy the honeymoon all over again. It was the most enjoyable vacation either of us have been on. We hope to revisit the same place to celebrate our 10 year anniversary."
We just want to offer our deepest congratulations to Mike and Sandy on their one year anniversary! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful honeymoon memories and advice with us!
What are your honeymoon plans? Leave a comment with details!