Alright, firstly, congratulations on finding the love of your life—may you live in perpetual happiness. Secondly, it is time for you two to party (and maybe make a baby, who knows), but where to go? If you picture sandy coastlines complete with beach-side cocktails, then you are in the right spot. Compiled on this list are ten of the world’s premiere island honeymoon destinations. Enjoy the world tour of blue waters and smooth, granulated sand.
Bali is ranked tenth on this list because it is the least safe to travel to. Chances are you will be fine visiting it, but fanatical Islamic factions have been known to operate in the area. For this reason, it is not recommended for you to visit areas that are popular with tourists worldwide. Honeymoon destinations, however are much safer from things to worry about simply because they are more secluded. Many of Bali’s honeymoon spots are located far away from higher risk areas and rank among the most beautiful accommodations in the world. Because of the bad press of the past decade, the rates are usually cheaper than any of the locations on the list. However, if you make sure to do thorough research before embarking (do not trust your planning here to a travel agent alone), then rest assured you can bask worry-free in heavenly bliss. Bali is truly beautiful and there haven’t been any severe incidents to report in eight years, so this is a country that is definitely on the rebound.
In the Caribbean island of Antigua, there are enough beaches to visit a different one every day of the year. It has the most beaches out of any Caribbean isle, and each of them is as unique as a human’s face. From family-friendly lagoons to adventurous outcroppings and deep ocean, Antigua has your aquatic aspirations handled. If you grow tired of rest and relaxation then you can explore the bird sanctuary on Antigua’s sister Isle Barbuda. There are also plenty of activities to do and sights to see on Antigua itself.
Tonga is also known as “The Friendly Islands” because of its peoples’ consistently warm welcoming of travelers. This Pacific island is historically unique as it is the only island nation in the region to have never been officially colonized. You will, however, still experience a heavily British influence in the area when you visit. Tonga encompasses an island archipelago of 176 islands about a third of which are populated. One place to consider is the Ha’atafu Beach Resort on Tongatapu Island, where most of the fales (beach huts) are close to the beach. There are many other options as well. If you are looking for a honeymoon hosted by genuinely amicable people with good food and plenty of water sports to be experienced, Tonga is the place to be.
7. Sri Lanka
Many people wouldn’t equate India with sandy beaches and navy blue waters. However, off its southern tip resides the (independent) island republic of Sri Lanka. Because of its geographical location, Sri Lanka has long been both economically and strategically important. The island today is a result of 3,000 plus years of trade. The Republic of Sri Lanka has been in a great way established and populated by merchant classes of various descents/backgrounds. Of course, such a melting pot offers a variety of cuisine and culture alike to be digested. For theological travelers, Sri Lanka is an important location for Buddhism, as the first Buddhist teachings were penned here. Like all of the destinations on this list, Sri Lanka is surrounded by fine-grain sand and crystal clear waters.
Deep in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there is a paradise of archipelagos and coral atolls. The Republic of the Maldives is an independent nation now, but Dutch, Portuguese, and British remnants of the past can be found littered throughout. Although more pristine than Sri Lanka, Maldives also tends to be a bit more expensive. Still (if you can afford it) there is no better location in the Indian Ocean for a marine-themed honeymoon. Maldives offers some of the best scuba and snorkeling on the planet.