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Maldives, Bora Bora or Fiji Honeymoon?

Tips from the top experts: How to choose between honeymooning in the Maldives, Bora Bora or Fiji

Our top experts speak to couples every day who cannot decide between Maldives, Bora Bora or Fiji for their honeymoon. All three locations are terrific honeymoon destinations but not all are the perfect choice for all couples. We like to ask a lot of questions to determine which destination is the ideal choice, so it is crucial that you identify what is important to you in terms of what you are looking for in your overall experience.

Maldives, An exotic Indian ocean honeymoon paradise

Why go to the Maldives? Incredible Turquoise Water, Spectacular Overwater Bungalows

Go to the Maldives if you want privacy and seclusion, top-end luxury, food, and service. Best for couples who want rest and relaxation. These islands are very isolated and do not offer any land to explore, there are no villages/towns, shopping, hiking or cultural experiences to speak of. You need to be happy with very little to do ( not the best choice for type A personalities) We do mix up the Maldives with Dubai to give couples a little adventure, and we combine the Maldives with Bali, Thailand, and Greece.

The Maldives are located in the Indian ocean, 20-hour flight with a stop from most US cities, and can be reached by flights from Dubai, as well as Bangkok and a few Europe cities.

if you do not need an overwater bungalow, you can book a beach bungalow and save money. These are usually far less expensive. The best time of year for driest weather is November to April. Summer can bring rain showers and cloudy skies, but you may still get some nice weather from May to October in the Maldives.

Things to do in the Maldives- Rest and Relaxation are key

Couples mostly relax in their overwater bungalow overlooking incredible Turquoise seas. Couples can go snorkeling, (incredible reefs to explore) or get spa treatments, enjoy romantic dining options, and go for some romantic boat rides at sunset.

Expect to spend anywhere from $7500-12,000 for two for a 5-7 night stay in the Maldives depending on the time of year and hotel choice. Some hotels include meals, some do not. We have 4 and 5+ star hotel choices and recommend all-inclusive packages due to the high cost of food and drink once you arrive. Warning: it can be rainy between July and September in the Maldives. This is a destination that is dependent on the sun, without the sun out it can be disappointing.

The main downside of the Maldives:

Mainly there is very little to see or do outside of the resort, you are pleasantly marooned on an exotic “atoll” (flat narrow strip of white sand surrounded by ocean) in the middle of the Indian Ocean, at a luxury resort that will pamper you with great food and service, and spa treatments.

Check out our Maldives Honeymoon Packages here

French Polynesia (Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea) – A south pacific honeymoon paradise

7.5-hour flight from Los Angeles, some of the most beautiful islands in the world, and a bit more going on than the Maldives. These are French-occupied islands, with a strong influence of French and Tahitian culture. The Island of Tahiti is a stopping point, most couples head to Bora Bora or Moorea.

Perfect for couples living on the west coast due to the easy flight. The best time of year would be April through October. Couples can enjoy an island hop honeymoon combining Bora Bora with Moorea, Le Tahaa, Huahine, or Tahiti islands. Bora Bora is one stop you must make, but due to the high cost of accommodations and lack of things to see and do it is best to combine with another island.

We encourage our clients to visit some of the lesser-known outer islands such as Tahaa and Rangiroa where there are many more underwater reefs for snorkeling and diving.

Bora Bora – jaw-dropping beautiful scenery

Bora Bora is actually a small island with an amazing rock formation in the middle of the island that is world-famous called Mt Otemano. The luxury resorts are scattered all around the island – either located on atolls which are narrow strips of sand or the overwater bungalows which are dotted out from the beach with views of the mountain. You need a ferry to get to the main island which has a handful of restaurants and pearl shops. The hotels are run by large chains such as Hilton, Sofitel, Four Seasons.

Moorea Island- location of the movie "The Bounty"

Moorea is beautiful as well, less expensive in general, and has a little more to see and do on the land. Moorea does not offer as many luxury hotel options. Some couples opt to stay on Moorea to save money and diversify their honeymoon experience. We also have packages combining Tahaa island with Bora Bora for the Ultimate Honeymoon combination.

The downsides of French Polynesia:

It is one of the most expensive honeymoon destinations in the world, so couples need to be prepared financially and realize that the cost of everything is about double that of back home. It might be perfect if your heart is set on honeymooning in a luxury overwater bungalow, and crave brilliant turquoise ocean water perfect for swimming, paddle boarding, and kayaking.

Bora Bora is not recommended for couples who are price sensitive and who want a lot of adventures. There are no coral reefs in Bora Bora, so not ideal for divers unless you are willing to venture to Rangiroa Island. You can feed stingrays and sharks on an amazing expedition or go jet skiing around the lagoon (about $150 per person for these excursions). Expect to spend $10k+ for two on a trip to Bora Bora for a week with airfare from USA.

Fiji Islands- the authentic South Pacific Paradise

An unspoiled South Pacific Paradise only ten hours nonstop from Los Angeles you’ll find 330 islands in the South Pacific. This uniquely beautiful island group is one of our favorite honeymoon locations for couples seeking privacy, romance, AND adventure. It is an authentic, non-touristy location with many smaller, secluded hideaways geared for romance, where meals are mostly included.

Fiji is unspoiled by major tourism where there are a lot more things to see and do, such as hiking, waterfalls, village visits, zip-lining, great local music, and shopping for local handicrafts.

The people are amazing in Fiji and love Americans. They make you feel at home, and their warm smiles will light up your spirit.

Fiji is like a “National Geographic” location for your honeymoon where you can have authentic experiences and immerse yourself in a beautiful culture. Accommodations range from rustic bungalows to very high-end luxury bungalows with pools and hot tubs. Fiji is 10 hours from LAX, and a trip can cost anywhere from $4500-15k for two depending on hotel choice and time of year.

Our experts have personally traveled to these locations and offer invaluable advice and exclusive offers/ pricing.

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