IS FIJI GOOD FOR HONEYMOONS?
Renowned for romance, Fiji has long been a favorite spot for honeymoon vacations. And with its coconut-palmed white sandy beaches, exclusive accommodation and warm water, it’s easy to see why.
Seemingly just a speck in the vastness of the South Pacific, Fiji isn’t just one island. Fiji is in fact an archipelago comprising more than 300 islands making it a honeymoon destination with plenty to see and do.
Fiji might seem remote – we just think that adds to its appeal – but it is surprisingly easy to get to with direct flights from the US and Australia. And when it comes to accommodation, Fijian hotels manage to seamlessly blend world-class service and top notch luxury without compromising on their environmental credentials and support for the local community.
So is Fiji good for honeymoons? Yes, it most certainly is. Read on to find out more about everything you need to know about a Fiji honeymoon.
WHERE TO GO IN FIJI FOR A HONEYMOON?
Blessed with so many islands – 333 in total and 540 islets – it can be hard to know where to go in Fiji for a honeymoon.
Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu offers a vast range of hotel options, along with plenty of dining, shopping and adventure activities – think scuba diving and snorkeling excursions.
All international flights to Fiji land at Nadi International Airport on Viti Levu. From here, most will hotfoot it – James Bond style – to the outlying islands, like Turtle Island Fiji, via seaplane, boat or helicopter.
Another of Fiji’s main islands, Vanua Levu has plenty of hotels and resorts to suit honeymoon couples, plus water-based activities and on-land adventures, including 4WD trips and hiking.
Blessed with dramatic peaks and sun-drenched white sand beaches, the Yasawa Islands are an archipelago of 20 exquisite islands, a 30-minute flight or a two-hour boat cruise from Viti Levu.
Hugely popular with honeymoon couples due to their remoteness and stunning natural beauty, the Yasawas boast affordable holiday locations as well as secluded luxury Island retreats, such as the exclusive Turtle Island Fiji – a private island shared by just 14 couples at a time.
The Mamanuca Islands – just off the coast of Nadi – are a string of 20 idyllic islands and another of Fiji’s most popular destinations. Regular daily boat transfers from Port Denarau and shorter flights from Nadi will bring you to thriving reefs, big waves and tranquil lagoons. Whether you want to surf, snorkel, kayak or simply lounge, you’ll be able to do it on a romantic getaway to the Mamanuca Islands.
WHAT TO DO ON HONEYMOON IN FIJI?
Depending on how much or how little you want to do on honeymoon in Fiji, there’s something for everyone. For the first day or two you’ll probably just want to relax after all the planning and excitement of your wedding. So head to the resort pool or beach sun lounger and kick back with a cocktail in one hand and a good book in the other.
How about a couples’ spa treatment, many of which use natural ingredients found in Fiji? Pure Fiji is used at many Fijian resorts. We love that their products are made locally in Suva with an environmental focus and an ethos of supporting the community in Fiji.
We recommend the Polynesian-style massages at Turtle Island with cold-pressed, indigenous nut oils in calming island fragrances. For the wow factor, the spa at Turtle Island overlooks the famous Blue Lagoon, the location of the 1980s Hollywood film starring Brooke Shields.
Yoga in Fiji
Fiji is the perfect destination for yoga with many hotels offering specific yoga packages. Get up early for morning yoga classes on the beach, or in the rainforest, allowing you to breathe in the peaceful surrounds and appreciate the sense of place.
Romantic meals for two
You’ll be looking forward to some romantic dinners on your honeymoon, so how about a candle-lit table on a floating pontoon, a table for two at the beach or at a nearby cliff point?
You’ll also want to join in the cultural activities offered at most Fijian resorts, such as mekes and lovo. Mekes are a traditional style of Fijian dance through storytelling, where you’ll be invited to join in at the end of the evening. A Fijian lovo is a banquet cooked in an underground oven, used for special occasions in Fijian villages.
Enjoy the water
As you might have guessed, water-based activities play a big part in Fiji. There’s a huge choice of options available from stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, to sailing and jet-skiing.
Couples will also enjoy snorkeling and diving the colorful coral reefs together looking to spot the varied and abundant marine life, which in Fiji includes manta rays, dolphins, exotic fish and five species of sea turtles including the Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Green, Pacific Ridley and Leatherback.
No trip to the Yasawa Islands is complete without a visit to the Sawa-i-Lau caves. These limestone caverns are dominated by saltwater swimming pools – the first lit by a natural overhead vent and the second, more secretive cave, only accessed by an underwater tunnel.
On Mamanuca Island you’ll get your pulse racing with wreck dives and surfing world-class waves at Cloudbreak – a short boat ride from Tavarua Island.
On dry land
Fiji’s interior boasts cloud-misted jungles and rainforest-covered mountains and valleys – a great landscape to explore on hikes, bikes and 4WD trips.
The 40,000-acre Bouma National Heritage Park on Tavenui Island – Fiji’s third-largest island – is great location for hikes to outstanding waterfalls, scenic lookouts and to visit four traditional friendly Fijian villages of Waitabu, Vidawa, Korovou and Lavena.
Turtle Island, in the Yasawa group of islands, is surrounded by seven villages on three separate islands. Stay here and you can visit some of these villages and meet the local Fijians who will share with you their homes and customs.
You can also treat yourselves with adrenalin-pumping sky dives or scenic helicopter flights, or slow the pace down with leisurely sunrise and sunset horse riding treks, also offered at Turtle Island.
HOW MUCH IS A HONEYMOON TO FIJI?
After your wedding, you’ll probably be conscious of costs and you’ll want to know how much is a Fiji honeymoon? The cost will depend on lots of things including the time of year you decide to go.
The weather in Fiji is pleasant all year round, but the best time of year to go on a Fiji honeymoon is from May through to October in the dry months.
Fiji’s wet season is from November to April when you can expect more humidity. However, Fiji’s outer islands, including Turtle Island in the north of the Yasawa group of islands, enjoy less rainfall year round.
Most hotels and resorts in Fiji will also offer an all-inclusive rate, which means your accommodation, food, drinks and most activities are already included, helping you manage your vacation budget.
EXPLORE TURTLE ISLAND FIJI
If you’re trying to research everything you need to know about a Fiji honeymoon, have you considered Turtle Island? This is a secluded private island, located in Fiji’s remote Yasawa Islands. Honeymooners will love the barefoot luxury and seclusion found on the 12 private white sand beaches and romantic dining spots for two. Plus the resort is shared by just 14 couples at a time, so you’ll feel as if you’ve got the place to yourselves.
Get in touch today to start planning your honeymoon to Turtle Island. You will be sure to come away with memories of a very special trip.