Maui or Fiji, where to spend our honeymoon?

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

Either would be good. Where are you from? If you’re from canada/usa I’d say Fiji. its much more exotic, and you can more easily get to Maui anytime from can/usa, so maybe for an anniversary trip you could do that. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

Coming from a couple that travels frequently (usually every month for a weekend or two and 2 weeks 3-4 times a year) and lives in the US I would 100% say FIJI!!! So much harder to get to from the US! Omg yes!

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Maui for sure! We went to Fiji recently and honestly it was boring and more catered towards family with kids.. lots of kids activities etc but we stayed on the main island so maybe it’s different on the smaller islands.. I would suggest Maui with a stopover in Honolulu to do some shopping and visit restaurants etc then relax in Maui! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I have been to both locations numerous times and I would pick Maui over Fiji in general. 

I mean Fiji can be great but like a pp mentioned a lot of areas are very family centric. Fiji is more of a you need to do your research and pick your place, there are some great non family centric resorts but they do tend to come at a price so if budget is an issue then you really need to consider that. And the price isn’t just the cost of accommodations but limitations on dining choices etc.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have been to Maui many times and Fiji once.  If you are coming from the continental US, Maui is the easier trip.  It’s closer, and even though it’s a faraway island, it’s still the US of A.

Fiji was spectacular, though.

We got to the hotel on the main island only to find out that it was surrounded by a murky lagoon.  I personally found it to be suitable (I’ve been swimming in stock ponds, so I find most swimming arrangements suitable), but it was still disappointing after experiencing the waters of Maui.

My dad has a certain ability to socialize and make friends with anyone anywhere. At the marina, he met and befriended some local guys with a large seafaring motor boat.  He ended up hiring them to take us around on their boat each day.  We visited many secluded beaches and reefs, got to see the outer islands, etc.  I don’t know what we would have done if we’d been trapped on the main island the whole time.  However you do it, you have to get to the reefs and outer islands if you go to Fiji and want to really experience it.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Is there a particular reason why you are picking between those two?

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

We travel a fair bit and have been to both. I liked Fiji a bit more for relaxing time, but specifically the small islands and not the mainland (we’ve been to both). They’re less family centric and more relaxing. Maui we saw pretty much the whole island and it was lots of fun- more activities, very pretty, but incredibly touristy. Have you considered Rarotonga? That was wonderful, a good middle ground of sorts, especially if you take a sea plane day trip or longer boat trip out to Atutaki- it’s nicknamed honeymoon island and is stunning. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

So I think those islands have really different feels. I haven’t been to Fiji but I’d say Maui is pretty touristy. It’s a lot like ft lauderdale, FL to me. If you’re into the more rustic “Hawaii” experience I’d recommend Kauai. I think Maui is a little resorty.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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luckycamz40 :  Fiji all the way.  It’s more remote, easier to travel, no big name brands (or crowded beaches!!).

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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averagegirl :  It’s more honeymoon-ish/better for couples if they stay on the outer islands, ie: Yasawa islands or Coral Coast.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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nkotb :  I second Rarotonga.  The Cook Islands have some of the prettiest and most remote beaches I have ever seen!!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

Maui is lovely, but I believe Fiji would likely be a bit less crowded.  Also keep in mind that Hawaii might be getting nailed by a hurricane soon, so…if that happens, I would keep an eye on how bad the damage is.

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