After the stressful planning of your wedding day, the honeymoon is a wonderful way to relax and celebrate the beginning of married life with your partner. Tropical islands with sun, sea and sand are often a popular choice with honeymooners, but that doesn't mean you have to laze on a beach all day. From hiking volcanoes to exploring temples, there’s all sorts you can see and do to ensure you have a memorable honeymoon. To help you find your perfect romantic getaway, here is a selection of honeymoon islands which are considered to be the best in the world.
This wonderful French island found in the Mediterranean features an amazing diverse landscape. If you love embracing the outdoors, the world is definitely your oyster in Corsica. Soak up the glorious sunshine on one of the beautiful secluded beaches, or take a dip in the sea with your partner. Swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing and scuba diving are just some of the watersports you can take part in. Away from the attractive coastline you might be surprised to find a large mix of dense forests, craggy peaks and wonderful hilltop villages nearby. Two thirds of Corsica is actually made up of mountains, making it the most mountainous island of the Mediterranean! Hike one of the many trails, go canyoning or try mountain biking on the rocky terrain. Once you’ve exhausted yourself from the variety of activities on offer during the day, take a trip to the coastal cities and sample some fine local delicacies. Wild boar is the island’s most celebrated dish and there is always a good selection of fish and seafood you can try.
Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
Why settle for one island, when you can visit over 30? Hidden away just off the northern coast of Mozambique is the stunning Quirimbas Archipelago. With coral reefs, coastal forest and a rich variety of marine life including dolphins, whales and sea turtles, these islands offer the perfect romantic setting for your honeymoon. Take a walk along the glittering golden beaches on the secluded islands of Medjumbe and Vamizi, or go for a tranquil dive in the national park. If you’re after a dose of culture, take a boat ride to the mysterious island of Ibo. This area has an interesting history and features strong influences from Portuguese, Swahili, Indian and African cultures. Just by walking round this island you will be able to recognize these cultural influences which are illustrated through its architecture, environment and living culture.
Huahine, French Polynesia
For a relaxing tropical getaway, the lush island of Huahine offers a calm and peaceful retreat. Beautifully blissful beaches adorn the island, surrounded by deep crystal clear blue lagoons which are just begging for you to take a dip in. Here you have the opportunity to go diving, surfing, snorkelling or horse riding, but you’ll also find it’s very easy to unwind and do nothing at all. Despite the temptation to just lay down on the beach for the duration of your honeymoon, make sure you take some time to go exploring so you can truly soak up the culture. At first, you may think Huahine is just one island, but surprisingly it is made up of two small islands which are joined together by a bridge. Among these islands is a thriving tropical jungle as well as an abundance of sacred temples and archaeological sites which are definitely worth seeing in person.
From the vast rugged landscape of astonishing mountains and lakes to some of the most stunning beaches in the world, Tasmania offers natural beauty at its finest. Take a hike with your partner through the lush forests, or explore the wild rivers by kayak, raft or yacht. A huge amount of wildlife call Tasmania their home, so expect to share the cool Southern Ocean with seals and dolphins and greet penguins as they waddle home. Tasmanian devils are only found in the wild on this island and Maria Island, but you’ll find it hard to spy one of these at night. If you're desperate to see one, take a trip to a wildlife park or sanctuary where many of these devils live. Then make sure you venture just outside the capital city of Hobart, where the mind blowing MONA stands. In this complex you will find a world class gallery, winery, brewery and restaurant, so step inside and soak up some culture as well as sampling local beers and wines. Afterwards, head over to The Bay of Fires, a sweeping white sandy beach with crystal clear lagoons and rocky headlands. There's a famed hike you can take, or if you're feeling tired after a long day, you can just lie down and soak up the glorious sunshine.
St Vincent & the Grenadines
For a taste of the Caribbean, the stunning St Vincent & the Grenadine offers 32 islands of paradise. With its powder white beaches, turquoise waters and beautiful blue sky, it’s the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon. Luckily, you don’t need to be super rich to travel to the different spectacular islands. There are plenty of cheap ferries that you can board which will take you round this wonderful archipelago nation. Many of the islands are uninhabited so you are bound to find a secluded spot where you can spend some time alone together with your partner. As well as relaxing on the beach and watching the waves of the sea lap up against the shore, there is so much more you can do on these islands. Get up and explore the rugged landscapes, where you'll have the opportunity to climb volcanoes, explore lush tropical gardens and hike to refreshing waterfalls. Then walk along one of the scenic coastal paths and experience the warmth of the local people. Back at the water you can try scuba diving or snorkelling, and even go whale and dolphin watching.