Post # 1
We love tropical paradise type places. We’re thinking like Bora Bora, Fiji, or the Maldives. Or somewhere else in the south pacific. We want to stay in an overwater bungalow at least a few nights. I also would LOVE to hit Santorini if we went to the Maldives, but I don’t know if it’s like… doable. Our honeymoon looks like it might be almost as much as the wedding. haha. Anyone been to any of these places? Pros/cons? Suggestions?
We’re from Maryland, so we’ve sort of ruled out the Caribbean because we feel it’s kind of… somewhere we could go on an anniversary or something since it’s not that far and cheapcaribbean.com always has awesome deals. lol. But we’re also concerned that the other places are TOO far and would eat up too much time getting there.
Plus Bora Bora is sooo much more expensive than the Maldives = Fiji isn’t much better than Bora Bora. We’re trying to get our wedding done under $12k, and we might. But the places I’m looking at for honeymoons looks like it’ll cost like 10k… haha. We’re really into the honeymoon.
Hawaii is pretty but they don’t have the bungalows and we’re afraid it’d be too touristy.
Suggestions?? Anyone been to these places?
Post # 3
Fiance and I hope to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon 🙂
Fiance has been to Fiji with his family earlier this year and said it was wonderful, and very reasonably priced 🙂
Here is a photo he took of their view:
Post # 4
@yanamari: Maldives and bora bora sound great! they were in our list of places to go to aswell. originally it was mexico then to maldives or bora bora but flights were way to expensive. we have settled with mexico then a cruise in the mediterranian greek isles and santorini is one of the stop offs! why not come out to australia we have the best beaches. check out hamilton island or lizard island. they are to die for! good luck lady!
Post # 5
Hawaii is so overrated. I live there. Don’t honeymoon here! Tahiti and Bora Bora are beautiful, I have friends from there. I think Maldives are quite expensive. Definetly check hurricane/rainy seasons, september is the beginning of the rainy season here in hawaii so I would check the season schedules in all of these islands to assure correct weather.
Flying from maryland to any rural pacific island is going to be rather hell though. You’re expecting probably 2 to 3 layovers and that’s just ridiculous for a honeymoon. Most flights only go once a week onto rural islands like the Cook Islands, Bora Bora, Etc. Check your schedule and when flights go. That will be the trickiest part.
Post # 6
I’m not far from MD so I feel your thoughts on the carribean. But it would take at least a day to get to the south pacific. Have you thought about going further south like costa rica/brazil? Or maybe east to the canary islands?? I would vote maldives of your options.
Post # 7
I have to say first of all that I like the way you think! Honestly, if I could go back I would spend way less on the wedding and spend more days on the honeymoon. The honeymoon was seriously the best part of our wedding.
I think a big factor to consider is how many days you have. Going to the places you have mentioned is going to take a lot of travel time, and there is a huge time difference so you are going to lose some days with jet lag as well. Well maybe not lose days, but they will be affected. I honestly wouldn’t do less than 8 nights in any of those places, but more would be better. For our honeymoon, we only had a week so we just went to the Caribbean to an all inclusive (which was heaven!) because we didn’t want to lose days with travel.
Another thing to consider is what type of trip you want it to be. You mentioned a few nights here, a few nights in another location. You are going to lose more time traveling between islands and there will be more stress if you move from hotel to hotel. We took a trip to Hawaii in May and did 4 nights on Maui and 4 nights on Kauai and tried to see everything on each island. It was fun, but completely exhausting. It was great for an ‘adventure’ trip but I’m so glad that for our honeymoon we did the all inclusive route and the biggest decision to make for the day was beach or pool. But it depends on the type of trip you like.
And finally, the only place that I’ve been on your list is Hawaii. We went to Maui & Kauai and it was wonderful. I think those islands are a little more laid back than Oahu where the action and tourists are. We love hiking and beaches so those islands provided a lot of opportunities for both. The one thing that did surprise me a little was the weather. I didn’t enjoy the beaches as much because I was freezing all the time. You probably wouldn’t have that problem, but being from Florida I’m used to hot and humid and hot water temps. The water is not as warm and the breeze was a little cool. Also it did rain a fair amount on Kauai, but usually for just brief periods then the sun would come out. But overall it really was gorgeous and a great time.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I vote for the Maldives, they’re supposed to be really, really beautiful and they have an interesting culture. (I studied climate change in the Maldives in college for awhile, and I met a couple really sweet people who traveled from there to Seattle to talk about their experiences… I’ve always been dying to go there.) I love the idea of Maldives PLUS Santorini but I think that would be too much flying to really relax… but definitely save Greece for another trip, it’s so worth it!
Post # 9
We went to Tahiti and Moorea so that would be my vote. Got married in MD but we live in Philly now. So we flew out of Philly, layover in Atlanta, then to L.A., then a direct flight to Tahiti. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be! 2 nights in Tahiti, 6 nights in Moorea (with 3 of them in an overwater bungalow). It was an amazing trip! It was probably around 8-9k?
You mentioned Santorini. We went to Greece for a belated 1 year anniversary trip (around the time that you would be going if left after your wedding). 2 nights in Athens and 4 nights in Santorini which was about 4k or so. Great trip, but glad we did Tahiti for our honeymoon since we would no way be able to justify it any other time!
Post # 10
We went to Hawaii and stayed on Maui and Oahu. We LOVED Maui, it was very relaxing, and there were still a ton of things to do. We went scuba diving, a helicoptor tour, a cruise, and still layed on the beach and did nothing (we did make a “snow” man in the sand). We went to Oahu soley to visit Pearl Harbor and the north shore, besides those two things, we hated Oahu. It is far too touristy and busy and did not feel like we were on vacation at all.
Post # 11
I’ve been to Maui and I definitely LOVED it and would recommend it to anyone. But since I’ve been I’d go with another option on your list, especially if you want the over water bungalows! As far as which ones…I honestly don’t know enough to differentiate too much between some of them. So I’d pick wherever you could get the best deal for your money and the nicest weather/accomodations Unless one in particular has some aspect you like that no where else has.
Post # 12
I’ve been to the Hawaiian islands and they’re extremely wonderful. The one lady that said Hawaii is overrated must be living on Oahu because the others are awesome and less populated/polluted/crazy touristy. Anyway– I think Bora Bora would be amazing (one of those overwater bungalows). OohhhH! It can be pretty expensive though.
I also live in Maryland and I don’t think the flight to the pacific would be that bad. You could get a direct nonstop flight to LA and then fly to wherever from there. I always fly direct (fear of crashing). I’ve flown from here to Dallas/Atlanta then Korea (that was far) and from Chicago to China (that was far!). Ugh. Don’t worry about the flight. It’s worth it in the end. You’ll be relaxing in paradise!!
Post # 13
@littlefairy23: Australia! So awesome. Always wanted to visit Australia. Haha, be glad you have Bora Bora and Fiji and Maldives over Mexico! My friend (She’s Puerto Rican, so she fit in visually, unlike someone like me would be super white looking) was just in Mexico for a vacation and even she said it’s really not that great. She described it as being run down and over-used, and the people were blah. She was in a nice all-inclusive place. Also, totally not very safe anymore = Even the tourist-y places are somewhat iffy. Where else in Australia would you recommend?
Post # 14
I have been to both Bora Bora and Tahiti and I would pick Bora Bora out of those two! Tahiti is nice, but is really less of an island paradise in my opinion. Larger, more population, definitely not as good for snorkling and beaches. Although I think Tahiti has better surfing.
You could do Moorea, which you’d fly into Tahiti and then probably take a boat/ferry to Moorea (they do have flights also). Moorea is super nice. If I was going to the South Pacific I’d definitely choose Moorea or Bora Bora.
Post # 15
Not a fan of Fiji.
I would go to Bali or Thailand (Koh Tao or Koh Samui)
If you want to watch the sunset while drinking a delicious (and cheap!) cocktail on the beach then go to Thailand.
Post # 16
How about Mauritius? It’s seriously awesome. Clear blue water, long white sandy beaches, bustling markets, gorgeous lagoons and an extinct volcano.