An exotic honeymoon destination you’ve never heard of
If you’re searching for an exotic honeymoon destination that might not be on everyone’s radar, you may want to consider a few weeks in the beauty of French Polynesia.
Despite being attached to France, the French Polynesia is nowhere near the European country; the islands – all 118 of them – lay in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean half way between California and Australia. However, don’t let the size of the islands fool you; the stretch of the Pacific they occupy is as big as Western Europe. With a year-round warm climate, emerald oceans, peaceful lagoons and volcanic peaks, the French Polynesia is truly a paradise.
Why should I go there?
French Polynesia is truly an exotic, luxurious, tropical paradise. Those looking for organised activities may want to head to the islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora as they offer a multitude of water and land excursions but if you’re wanting to venture off the beaten track then the Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands offer plenty of natural coral reefs and steep mountains; perfect for climbing in isolation.
Bora Bora in particular is a fantastic island for honeymooners looking to explore the sea and venture on official land trails. Those looking for home comforts like cinemas, libraries and museums will be left disappointed; Bora Bora is all about exploring the grand natural beauty on offer.
Fortunately, the islands are well-placed to offer a constant array of outdoor activities due to the region’s climate. The year-round tropical weather delivers ambient temperatures of around 27C while the waters of the lagoons average 26C in the winter and 29C in the summer; not bad considering the UK winter drops below 0C!
As a result, year-round scuba diving and swimming always grabs the attention of tourists, especially as multicolour tropical fish and rays tend to float by as you explore the coral reefs. A ‘snorkel safari’ is available which gives tourists the opportunity to swim near sharks and rays while jet ski tours and kiteboarding are also available on certain islands.
On land, bikes and small cars tend to be available to rent on the more populated islands, allowing you and your loved one to explore your chosen island by road. If you’re not confident about driving on foreign soils, there are Jeep tours available – Bora Bora in particular – that will drive you around some of the most breathtaking areas of the island. You can even access the summit of Mt. Pahia on foot if you feel comfortable with hiking but it is well-worth hiring a guide for the journey; many experienced hikers have gotten lost before!
Shopping is also a growing sector for French Polynesia as many tourists head to the islands with money to spend. Travellers have a wealth of jewellery, black pearls and other exotic paraphernalia to choose from while the area’s burgeoning tourism sector means a number of small shops and studios are opening to sell their wares.
As you can see, the French Polynesia is an exciting destination for any newlyweds looking to experience an exotic honeymoon. When you’re lying on the golden sands of Bora Bora with a cocktail in hand and the turquoise-coloured ocean in front of you, you’ll know you have made the right choice!
Written by Atlas Choice (www2.atlaschoice.com). We specialise in car rentals, hotels and travel insurance.