Hawaii has always been a popular honeymoon spot, but amidst the pandemic, its popularity has only risen. Obviously everyone is familiar with the picturesque beaches, the famous waves worth surfing, and the luaus filled with dancers in hula skirts—but there’s more to planning a honeymoon than that! Here are some tips to planning your picture-perfect Hawaiian honeymoon even during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Great Reasons to Go on a Hawaiian Honeymoon
There are more reasons now than ever to go on a Hawaiian honeymoon right now.
It’s in the United States
International travel is tough given the state of the pandemic. While going to Hawaii feels like being transported to another world (a tropical oasis at that!), it’s still part of the States. This means if you’re an American, you don’t even need a passport to get there, making it a simple trip to plan in terms of transportation.
The Island Has Consistently Low COVID Rates
Hawaii put strict rules into place when the pandemic first began in March of 2020, and they have continued to be diligent in their efforts ever since. They have consistently low COVID rates, reporting only 27,500 cases since the pandemic began. This means that traveling there gives you some peace of mind knowing that there are less cases of the virus there than in many other places in the world.
There Are Lower Crowds than Normal
Another compelling reason to visit Hawaii is that crowds are lower there than normal due to the pandemic. Fewer people are traveling there overall, and Hawaii’s stringent COVID testing policies prior to arrival put some people off from a visit. This means you may be able to score better deals on travel, since the state wants to benefit its economy and drum up business with visitors.
Important Items to Know
There are several important things to know about traveling to Hawaii for your honeymoon given the current state of the pandemic.
There Are Ever-Changing Rules and Restrictions
The first thing that’s important to know about traveling to Hawaii is that the restrictions, testing requirements, and quarantine mandates change frequently and can change any day. As you plan your trip, it’s important to consistently check the Hawaii COVID site to keep up with the rules and regulations around COVID at that given time and to continue checking back on those regulations leading up to your departure date.
Each Island Has Different Requirements
It’s also important to note that the different islands of Hawaii have different rules and regulations surrounding COVID. This means that you need to carefully plan around those rules and also take them into account if you’re planning to island-hop while you’re in Hawaii.
You Must Use a Specific Type of COVID Test
One of the consistent COVID regulations that Hawaii has stuck with has been the type of COVID test required to visit the island. Every visitor must take a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) test, which differs from many of the common PCR and rapid tests administered around the country. Hawaii has a list of trusted test partners that visitors must have valid test results from within a certain timespan prior to visiting the islands. This list of tested partners is frequently updated, with partners being added and removed from the list. For that reason, you must be diligent in checking the list prior to your travel to ensure you receive a test that will be accepted by the state.
You Can Test for COVID at Home
As of right now, certain airlines such as American Airlines or other trusted test partners, such as Costco, offer at-home tests for travelers to take and mail to a lab with expedited shipping prior to their departure date. While these may be pricier options than receiving a test in-person, this could be an easier option for those wishing to take the test in the comfort of their own home and not have to search for an available appointment.
Say aloha to your Hawaiian honeymoon with all the information you need to make it a success, even given the current situation with COVID-19.