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It's no secret that Hawaii is one of the absolute best places to honeymoon. The shimmering water, pristine beaches and interesting volcanic landscape coupled with luxe resorts and pampering spas make it a no brainer for couples looking for a beachy newlywed escape. But take note, brides- and grooms-to-be, some of the most jaw-dropping locales won't show up in every single tour book or traveler review.
In the Aloha State, iconic beaches abound, and while white and golden stretches like Waikiki on Oahu, Kapalua on Maui, and Hapuna on Hawaii Island get most of the press, there's a kaleidoscope of other options to recline on as well.
Thanks to the isles' many volcanoes, black sand can be found all over; two of the prettiest examples are Honokalani on Maui and Kauai's Waimea Beach, a sweet spot to watch the sunset. Olivine, a crystal formed by volcanic eruptions, lends Papakolea Beach on Hawaii Island its green hue, while iron from an eroding volcanic slope gives Maui's Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach, in Hana, its amber color. (Experienced hikers only: The trail to this remote area is tough for amateurs to handle.)
For a rainbow of shades, check out Kauai's Glass Beach, which gets its name from the smooth, wave-sculpted sea glass that carpets the coastline. (The blue, green, and brown pebbles were once soda bottles and car windshields dumped upshore decades ago.) Many of the larger pieces have been scooped up by beachcombers, but the glittering sand is still worth a photo.
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