TOP 9 THINGS TO DO IN FIJI ON YOUR HONEYMOON
Hands down, the most romantic place in the world to spend your honeymoon is on an island in the South Pacific. To be more specific, the crown jewel of romance is Fiji. The Fiji Islands offer a variety of private resorts for any budget. The beautiful turquoise waters, the white sandy beaches and the unbelievable sunsets create the perfect backdrop for romance as you begin your married life together. Here are the 9 best things for honeymooners to do in Fiji to make sure you get the most out of your stay.
1. Find your own Deserted Stretch of Beach
While there are beautiful public beaches, there are also many small beaches with pure white sands hidden among the turns and twists of the island coast lines. You can explore and find your own to discover what it really feels like to be away from it all. Resorts like Yasawa Island Resort are located far from the main island and offer long stretches of private beaches to get lost on. There will not be another person in sight. They will even pack a champagne picnic lunch for you to enjoy as you spend your day in seclusion. Other resorts will take you to a small uninhabited island or sandbar and leave you with a picnic, umbrella and chairs and snorkels to enjoy your freedom for a few hours before they come back to pick you up. If you are staying on the mainland, why not splurge for a quick helicopter ride to drop you off on an island for a few hours!
2. Discover the Wonders of the Beautiful Fijian Waters
Fiji consists of over 333 islands and many smaller islets arranged in archipelagos. In between them all is beautiful clear water that seems to take on a different shade of blue or green as the sun moves through the sky. There are endless opportunities to enjoy and explore the waters of Fiji on a day cruise, kayak, catamaran or charter. Don’t forget to try some of the fun watersports as well. You can surf, water-ski, paddle board, rent wakeboards or banana boats and even go para-sailing for a bird’s eye view.
3. Look below the Surface for True Beauty
In Fiji, you will find that beauty is definitely not just skin deep. Not only with the wonderful people of Fiji, but also with the beautiful lagoons and ocean. There is a whole world to explore under the surface of the water. Whether you are snorkeling (which is easy and fun), a seasoned diver, or learning to scuba dive, you will quickly realize why Jacques Cousteau named Fiji, “The Soft Coral Capital of the World”. There are amazing reefs, colorful species of fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and my favorite, the giant blue starfish. Take time to experience this beauty for yourself.
4. Get the Perfect Honeymoon Souvenir – A Strand of Black Pearls
South Pacific pearls are known the world over for their beauty and elegance. The famed black pearls can make for the perfect souvenir from your time in the islands. While you can buy pearls on many of the islands, look towards Savusavu for the best pearl shopping. You can even visit pearl farms or dive and find your own.
5. Explore the Natural Wonders of the Main Island
There is more to Fiji than just beach. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the water. There is a whole different world filled with waterfalls, rain forests, hiking opportunities, interesting wildlife and exciting tours. One of the most spectacular tours is a white water rafting expedition along the Upper Navua River. If you prefer a slower pace, there are cultural exhibits and markets to explore in the cities and one of the largest collections of orchids in the world at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
6. Experience a Traditional Fijian Lovo Feast
While most resorts have spent years creating a culinary experience that is among the best in the world, you must also make time for the centuries old tradition of a “Lovo Feast”. This elaborate buffet is slow cooked for hours underground using hot rocks. Think “pit barbeque” only smokier. Traditional Lovo feasts consist of local vegetables as well as a variety of meats and/or fish. Dine out under the stars as you wait for all of the night’s festivities to begin and experience 1,000 years of Fiji in every bite.
7. Discover the Beqa Fire Walkers
Make time to see the amazing descendants of Beqa Warriors perform this ancient ritual. After a feast and blessing, the fires are tamped down and the stones removed from the pit and laid out. The fire walkers then perform the amazing feat of walking across the scalding hot stones without being burned. Legend has it that the ability to walk on fire is inherited by each descendant of certain tribes from Beqa. This ceremony is fascinating, unique and beautiful to witness. You may not have to travel to Beqa Island to experience this as sometimes the warriors come to the resorts around Fiji.
8. Get a Taste of Ancient and Modern Culture with a Kava Ceremony
Drinking Kava has long been a tradition in Fiji, much like gather at the local pub is in other parts of the world. Kava is a natural root that is cherished and respected. Many of resorts will host a weekly Kava Ceremony. It is a fun and relaxing experience. Kava has an unique earthy taste to it that will leave a slight tingle on your lips and in your mouth. The stories, tradition, claps and fanfare make it a lot of fun. Kava continues to live up to its storied history by bringing people together to commune, relax and bond.
9. Spend your Nights in a Thatched Roof Fijian Bure
You can obviously stay in a great hotel room at many resorts, but you can do this anywhere in the world. While on your Fiji honeymoon, for at least part of your stay, spend a few nights in a traditional, thatched roof bure on the beach (Bure, pronounced “boo ray”, is a Fijian word for bungalow or hut). Don’t misunderstand, a bure is not the same as camping out in a tent or a rustic log cabin. Some of the most elaborate and luxurious accommodations in Fiji are bures built with authentic Fijian materials, architecture and style. One spectacular place to do this is at Likuliku Lagoon Resort . This boutique, adults only, paradise caters specifically to Honeymooners and takes on the appearance of an ancient Fijian village as you approach from the water. With Fiji’s only true “over-water” bures you can be assured of a unique experience. There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of your life together than on a tropical Fijian island in a secluded, romantic bure.
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