Tours & Attractions For Honeymooners

Vanuatu

Most visitors to Vanuatu stay in or around Port Vila on the island of Efate. It’s easy to get about using the public bus system (just flag down a van with a ‘B’ on the number plate). They drop door to door rather than at designated bus stops. For divers, the island of Santo will reward with the wreck of the Coolidge and Million Dollar Point. Tanna Island has Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes and traditional Melanesian culture. There are a number of tour operators in Vila and there are lots of attractions you can explore independently.

For a comprehensive guide to Vanuatu, check out Vanuatu A to Z and Go Vanuatu.

  • Hideaway Island Marine Sanctuary has good snorkelling and the world’s only Underwater Post Office. Nearby are Mele Cascades Waterfall and Mele Cultural Centre and Nature Reserve.
  • You can take a tour or self-drive around Efate – the now sealed road makes for an easy circumnavigation. Heading anti-clockwise, Eton Beach is a delightful spot for a swim, snorkel, picnic. The quirky little War Museum on north Efate is also worth a stop – you can take a boat to the wrecks of two WWII planes. Perhaps a stop at Havannah Harbour and then down Klem’s Hill to Cascades Waterfall and back to town.
  • An excellent day out from Havannah Harbour is the Coongoola Cruise. Lelepa Island day tours are also rewarding and there are Sunset Cruises on Port Vila Harbour.
  • Visit the Cultural Centre, take a Port Vila Discovery Tour or one of the traditional village tours.
  • For golfers there is a very good 18-hole course, the scuba diving and game fishing are excellent and there’s horse riding, parasailing, jet skiing and duty free shopping.
  • Dine out! There are so many great restaurants in Vila it will be hard to decide. Some of the best are Tilly’s, Vila Chaumieres, La Tentation, Tamanu on the Beach, Cafe du Village and Aqua on Erakor.

Fiji

Most visitors to Fiji tend to base their holiday in one or two resorts and many attractions will be on the doorstep – golf, diving, fishing, parasailing, snorkelling, lovos, mekes, kava ceremonies etc – but, there are things to do and see away from where you are staying.

  • There are tours around Viti Levu, inland outings and day trips to Suva. From Nadi you can take a tour to The Garden of the Sleeping Giant (orchids), village tours and tours of the markets. Reception or your resort’s Tour Desk will make arrangements for you.
  • If you are invited to a village, it will be an experience. You should take a gift (sevusevu) of kava, which will be prepared and shared with you as a way of welcoming you.
  • Some of the resorts in the Mamanuca islands offer day trips with picnics to your own island beach.
  • The game fishing and diving are excellent. On Viti Levu, the best golf course is the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club (Sheraton Resorts)

For more info check out Fiji A to Z.


Samoa

There are a number of tour operators in Samoa and both islands (Upolu and Savai’i) are easy to explore independently. There’s some of the world’s best scuba diving, game fishing, snorkelling and surfing here as well as white sand beaches and lush rainforests with stunning waterfalls. On your list should be:

  • a look around Apia
  • a ‘must’ is a visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum
  • another must – a fia fia night (song, dance feast and the incredible knife-fire dance)
  • stay in a village or traditional beach fale
  • have a night on the town – ask around and find out where the fa’fafine (transvesities) are partying- that’s always lively!

For itinerary suggestions and check out our info site, Samoa A to Z.


The Cook Islands

It’s pretty easy to let Rarotonga unfold before you – it only takes 45 minutes to travel around the island (there are large, modern buses that travel clockwise and anti-clockwise). The main town of Avarua is on the north of the island for shopping, the markets, banks etc.

  • Take a guided tour around the island. It will take you on the coastal and inland road with an informative commentary.
  • Snorkel or scuba dive or go game fishing. The sand beaches and best snorkelling are away from the north coast, which is rocky looking out to the reef. The finest snorkelling is just off the white sands along Tikioki (Takitumu Villas) and Titikaveka (south part of Rarotonga). Ask your bus driver to drop you at Fruits of Rarotonga. The south end of Muri Beach is also excellent. The best spot in the lagoon is between Ta’akoka islet and the barrier reef.
  • For sunsets, naturally, head to the western part of Rarotonga. There is also good bush walking inland.
  • Dine out – there are many fantastic dining options. There are also a couple of good nightspots. Take in an Island Night – the food will be wonderful and the music and dance vibrant and exciting.
  • While more than a day trip is recommended, couples should get to the island of Aitutaki for the most wonderful lagoon – pure romance.

For more info, check out Cook Islands A to Z.