Bula and a warm welcome to Fiji, an enchanting nation made up of 333 stunning islands dotted throughout the South Pacific.
People from all over the world dream of visiting this Fiji's sunny shores, where the noises of traffic and city life are traded for the gentle sounds of water lapping at the shore and tropical birds tweeting in the trees.
While international flights land here from all parts of the world, many Australians are blessed to have the islands of Fiji just 3-4 hours flying time from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.
As if the pristine scenery is not enough to attract honeymooners to its shores, Fiji has many luxury resorts or boutique hotels catering especially to the honeymoon and romance travel segments. Yes, couples from Australia have the quintessential tropical paradise right on their doorstep!
Enjoy a romantic getaway in Fiji
Head to Fiji for your honeymoon or couple's holiday and stay in a luxury 'bure', a hut made from wood and straw and inspired by local homes but with distinctly dreamy and indulgent touches. Let the breeze blow in as you gaze out the window at the bright blue ocean or a blazing red sunset knowing you are lucky enough to be honeymooning or enjoying a special romantic escape in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Choose from the mainland areas and stay at one of the lovely resorts at the Coral Coast, or check into Denaru Island, just 20 minutes away from the airport. Denaru is an exclusive 'gated' resort area and home to a handful of internationally branded five-star hotels, many of which cater for honeymooners and couples enjoying a tropical destination wedding.
Why not combine your time with nights on the mainland before splitting the following days over a couple of Fiji's islands? Just be sure to experience the cultural wonders of destinations such as Nadi and/or Suva (the capital) located on Fiji's main island Viti Levu before you go. These cities are alive with bustling markets, tasty restaurants and fascinating history and worth seeing before you get lost in paradise.
The Mamanuca Islands are blessed with sunshine almost the whole year round, and start not too far from the mainland (so some of the resorts are very easy to reach by boat from Nadi). Offering a range of great resorts across various budgets, Fiji's Mamanuca Islands are a favourite with couples on a romance holiday, or who want a Fijian destination wedding.
The Yasawa Islands are perfect for couples seeking a unique and authentic honeymoon or tropical romantic getaway, slightly off the beaten path. The Yasawas was the location for the famous film Blue Lagoon so expect to find the power-white sand and crystal clear waters depicted in that classic movie. Set sail and explore the surrounding sea, perhaps embarking on a playful snorkel, or dive, to greet the underwater marine life Fiji is famous for.
Visit a local village to experience Fijian culture up close, witnessing dance, song, arts and crafts and traditions passed down through the generations. The Yasawas are a top destination for couples on honeymoon and as such, you will find some of of Fiji's leading luxury resorts here, along with more simple bures on the beach.
What about a stay at the picture perfect island of Vanua Levu? This authentic island is home to the Wasali Nature Reserve, a ruggedly beautiful rainforest great for if you feel like stretching your legs and heading out on a couples' adventure holiday. Watch out for dolphins making a splash at Natewa Bay and head out for a snorkel in the beautiful clear waters.
If you are the sort of couple that loves to get lost in nature on your romantic getaways, look closer at Taveuni, the 'Garden Island'. Fiji's Taveuni is famous for its lush forests and hiking opportunities.
However, one of the biggest draw cards for Taveuni is the world-class diving, which is out of this world. From the soft coral blooms that occur when the current is running right, to sites such as the Great White Wall featuring an incredible drop of white coral, Taveuni is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples who love to dive together. Evocative of the Garden of Eden, it's a wonderful respite from city life and a great place to unwind and bond with your partner.
Finally, if you and your loved one are eager for unspoiled and deserted beaches where few tourists ever venture, the Lau Island group is a must-visit. There are only a couple of accommodation options, and you can't wander down the road to a restaurant – but it makes for a truly romantic wilderness experience.
Why you'll love a Fiji holiday or honeymoon
Mother Nature worked overtime when she created the Fiji Islands. The lush, verdant rainforests, pristine white beaches, rugged mountainous terrain, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs that characterise Fiji are the stuff of which romantic holiday or idyllic island honeymoon dreams are made. No matter where in Fiji you end up, one thing's for sure – you aren't going to want to leave.