As we covered in part one of this blog, there are so many things to plan when it comes to the perfect wedding. A honeymoon, which celebrates the beginning of your marriage together, is also a key part of the arrangements, so it’s important to work out what kind of honeymoon you want. If you fancy something tropical, Queensland’s Whitsundays ticks many boxes. Think for a minute about what would constitute the perfect tropical island getaway: warm weather, impossibly azure, calm waters, blinding white sand beaches, colourful marine life and corals, and hammocks overlooking the water. Throw in elegant cocktail bars, unreal sunsets, sailing, and water sports and you have the Whitsunday Islands in a nutshell. Many of the 74 islands are fringed by coral reefs in impossibly blue water; for sheer natural beauty, it’s hard to beat, and if you’re on honeymoon, a must is “doing” Whitehaven Beach by helicopter, for a champagne picnic. It doesn’t get any more romantic than this.
Fiji is another top pick, with more than 300 islands, and another 500 or so islets, where remote beaches are found with no footprints in the sand. It’s also a place where the local greet visitors with the all-encompassing welcome of “bula”, and introduce their family to visitors on their island. Viti Levu is the political and geographical hub of Fiji and worthy of a couple of days of exploration, but most will head for the classic beaches, and the traditional culture of the outer island groups including the Mamanucas and the Yasawas. Above water, and the islands blend white sand beaches, tropical forests, waterfalls and a proud and vibrant culture, and underwater is a world of beautiful corals and an abundance of tropical fish which make Fiji a divers’ and snorkellers’ paradise. And if you just feeling like lounging back in a hammock with your new spouse and a glass of bubbly, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either.
The third region we love has inspired generations of artists and writers, and after a few hours in Tahiti, it’s easy to see why. Blue lagoons, colourful reefs, volcanic mountains, bright flowers and a real atmosphere of tranquility combine to create one big natural water-colour that typifies the tropical idyll. Tahiti is actually the main island among five separate archipelagoes in French Polynesia, and the whole region is often referred to as “Tahiti” which is a little simplistic, given there are 118 islands spread over an area just a little smaller than Europe. It’s widely regarded as the ultimate honeymoon destination as French Polynesia is famous for its overwater bungalows at five-star resorts, with cocktail time under a palm tree as an outrageous sunset develops over a coral reef lagoon. And the two key islands are Bora Bora and Moorea, which are perhaps the best equipped to deliver this romantic cliché, and this part of the world is a real life tropical fantasy.