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Honeymoon in Fiji

September 12, 2008

Fiji makes a great honeymoon destination for those looking for that idyllic south seas romantic getaway. Fiji boasts many private island resorts that are far less pricey than one would think, and the exchange rates makeit a better value for US travellers than Tahiti. Most people who have been to Fiji would agree that one of the country’s best assets is the friendliness of its people. Fijians are very outgoing and naturally hospitable folks, who are eager to get to know you, not as a tourist but as a friend.

With so many islands and resorts in Fiji, how does one decide where to stay?  For that, a travel specialist is your best companion, one who has been to and knows the destination, as there are so many offerings. For our honeymoon, we choose to split the destination into 3 segments for a total of 10 nights. Keep in mind travellers from LAX will cross the dateline on the way to Fiji, so we lose a day going -but we make it up on the day of our return. Our first 3 nights were spent on a popular Coral Coast hotel, Hideaway Resort. Popular with couples and families alike, this resort has something for everyone. Great snorkeling right off the beach, horseback riding, close to a reasonably sized town and many of the inland nature activities that Fiji offers. Hideaway is now offering an all-inclusive plan (meals and drinks) which makes a great value when you are over there.

For the next leg we did a Blue Lagoon Cruise, on the Mystique Princess Gold Club 3 night cruise though the Yasawa Islands. Now, here is a real gem of an experience for honeymooners. Small ship, luxurious, great dining options, and some of the most beautiful island scenery and clearest water you will ever see. The crew were friendly and fun, and there were some great choices of activities and nighttime festivities. The beaches and snorkeling during this portion were unsurpassed. For us, 3 nights/ 4 days is just about the right length of time to be on a boat. Although the waters were so calm and sheltered there was never the slightest bit of seasickness.

For are final nights we saved the best for last, the adults only private island enclave, Tokoriki Resort. Here we spent the last 4 nights in true luxury and romance, with only 30 bures (bungalows), so lots of privacy, and we often had the beach to ourselves. We kayaked around the entire island in about one hr, with its calm waters and many reefs. We did some island hopping and visited one of the local villages where we partook in the kava drinking ceremony (highly recommended, especially in the evenings) , and witnessed the local dances and handicrafts. Tokoriki is in the Mamanuca Island group, and there are quite a few nearby islands that one can visit, including the island that Tom Hanks used for “Castaway”. Meal plans are a good idea at Tokoriki, since there is nowhere else to eat. The dining was fine and you could choose a table for 2 just overlooking the beach if you wish. When it was time to finally leave, the soulful voices of the staff singing their farewell song brought tears to our eyes.

This was truly a dream honeymoon, and we plan to return to Fiji again for our 5th anniversary. For more information on honeymoons in Fiji, visit http://www.southpacific-vacations.com/fiji/fiji-specials.php

Bula Vinaka!

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