It is no exaggeration if said that wedding is one of the best events in the life of a person, however with all its preparations and functions, it leaves us extremely tired. If you are planning the best honeymoon at an island destination, to forget all your tiredness, there are quite a few options. Nothing is going to better than holding your partner’s hand and walk on the beach, whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears. How about indulging in sightseeing and partaking in water sports.
To make things easy for you, here are 8 best island destinations for honeymoon near India:
The nearest island neighbor of India, Sri Lanka offers a plethora of romantic, leisure, and adventure experiences. This beautiful nation has beaches, rainforests, temples and several other delights. Some of the popular places here are Nuwara Eliya, Bentotal, Ella, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Bandarawela, Tangalle, and Mirissa. The romantic setting of this place sets the mood perfect.
There is so much to do in this culturally-rich country including water sports, Whale and Dolphin viewing, beach stays, wildlife safaris, tea estate visits, trying luck at the casinos, adventure like trekking and hiking, cruise rides etc. It is an ideal destination if you two like being away from crowd.
Placement: Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of India
Best time to visit– All throughout the year except the rainiest months of October and November
Things to do– Explore the beautiful Galle city. Romantic leisure walk at the beach during sunset. Cruise through River Mahaweli. Visit to waterfalls in Nuwara Eliya. Relish lip-smacking local dishes. Visit the UNESCO world heritage site temple in Kandy. Wildlife lovers can go for wildlife safaris in national parks. Dolphin spotting Mirissa and Kalpitiya. Kayaking on Lake Habarana. Water sports at Bentota beach. Nature walk in the tea plantations towards Little Adam’s Peak.
Known as the ‘Isle of Gods’, Bali is an amazing amalgamation of natural beauty and romantic setting, ideal for passionate honeymooning couples. The Asian culture of this island destination is charming too. One of the best island destinations for honeymoon near India, its offers myriad of attractions such as volcanic mist-clad mountains, water sports activities, old temples, pristine beaches, flourishing art scenario, breathtaking natural vistas and so on.
Walk hand-in-hand at the beach during sunset as you view the orange sun going down in the sea. You can also go for relaxing Balinese massages for couples. The evenings are extremely romantic here. One can explore bustling towns of Kuta and Ubud. Visit to Tirta Empul temple is also must for seeking the Lord’s blessings.
Placement: Java Sea (Indian Ocean), Indonesia
Best time to visit- April to October
Things to do- Refreshing swim at Jimbaran Bay. Dolphin sightings at Lovina would be wonderful. Art loving couples can head to Ubud, artistic capital of Bali. The active volcano of Mount Batur in Kintamani. Adventure enthusiast newlyweds can opt for scuba diving or snorkeling. Unforgettable evenings at Kuta town. Dolphin viewing and bird watching. Indulge in rejuvenating Balinese massages.
Phi Phi Islands
An ultimate honeymoon destination, Phi Phi Islands has been blessed by stunning scenery and tranquil ambiance. Appearing like a fortress that is rising from the sea, these islands are accessible by speed boat. Be it the beach-front jungles or the cliff towers, all look magical. Opt for a stay in a romantic beach resort. Binge on local food and lots of booze at the beach shacks. Island hopping is also quite popular.
The crystal clear waters and the clean beaches look panoramic. If you both are adventure loving, you can opt for swimming and other water sports activities. Or, you both can simply relax at the beach, gazing into each other’s eyes. Opt for a day trip to Bamboo Island where you both will get the much-needed seclusion. If anyone of who loves cooking, then there are special Thai cooking classes.
Placement: Between the large island of Phuket and the west Strait of Malacca coast
Best time to visit- November to April
Things to do- Water sports and swimming at the Koh Phi Phi Leh. Head to the pristine Maya Bay or the stunning Palong Bay for an unforgettable evening. Explore the magical Viking Cave. Capture beautiful views from the Phi Phi View Point. A day trip to Bamboo Island. Go diving at Shark Point, Anemone Reef and the King Cruiser Wreck. Snorkeling at Moo Dee Bay. Exciting Shark watching tours for some high adrenaline rush. Muay Thai Fight for a daring couple. Shop at the local markets as you enjoy a walk on the walkway.
A lethal combination of sun, sand and surf, the beach destination of Maldives is quite popular amid honeymooning couples all around the world. If you are looking forward to enjoy a laid-back honeymoon with a lot of intimacy, this is the place to be. The beaches are glistening and the sea waters are crystal clear. The serenity, colorful coral reefs, and the charming scenery are going to sweep you both off your feet.
There are exciting water sports activities, sunset cruises, orgasmic food, romantic set-up, and stylish beach villas for newlyweds. Maldives is the smallest island country in Asia that comprises of over 1000 islands in the Indian Ocean, and thus is also referred to as the ‘Necklace of the Indian Ocean’. Both of you can also relax yourself with a couple Balinese massage.
Placement: Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sri Lanka
Best time to visit– November to April
Things to do– Relax in a hammock and enjoy the peace. Go for a romantic dinner under the star-lit sky. Do not miss out savoring tasty dishes of Maldivian cuisine and superb seafood. A sunset cruise in a private boat would be ideal. Scuba diving and surfing at Cinnamon Dhonveli. Dolphin Spotting at Cinnamon Hakurra. Snorkeling with sea turtles. Island hopping and Paddle boating would be interesting too. Submarine ride for an adventure loving couple.
Best known for its Mafia and Pemba Islands, Zanzibar is a beautiful Tanzanian archipelago in East Africa. It is one of the best offbeat honeymoon destinations near India, offering varied memorable experiences. This island is a wonderful amalgam of cultural influences from the Indian subcontinent, Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, and the African mainland. For sightseeing too, there are a few options such as Hamamni Persian Baths, Stone town, Old Fort, and Houses of Wonders.
If you both love wildlife, you can head to Cheetah’s Rock. Attend full-moon parties and go for bar-hopping at Kendwa. Visiting the beaches of Nungwi, Pongwe, Paje and Matemwe is a must for a relaxed day. If you both have an interest in history, you can go for an excursion to Prison Island where you will also spot giant tortoises. Pemba Island for snorkeling and diving.
Placement: Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, Tanzania
Best time to visit- June to October and December to February
Things to do- Go snorkeling around pretty Mnemba Atoll. Swim with dolphins in the southeast region. Opt for a stay in underwater Manta Resort at Pemba Island. Wildlife Spotting at Cheetah’s Rock. Dance all night long at full-moon parties in Kendwa. Beach-hopping including Kendwa and Nungwi. Shopping at the colorful Darajani Market.
When two people plan their first vacation together after the wedding, they wish to pick a destination that offers a mix of some quality-time together along with various interesting activities. Offering leisure, adventure, serene environs and abundant scenic beauty, Philippines Island is your place. This Southeast Asian country consists of 7000 islands. The waterfront promenade and the centuries-old Chinatown in Manila, its capital city is a must for a couple who has an interest in history.
Stay in chic beachfront resorts where the tropical weather is going to set your mood perfect. Philippines is Asia’s Dive Capital and has world heritage sites for diving including Apo Reef and Tubataha Reef. Some romantic places in Philippines that are worth-visiting are Baler Aurora, Cebu, Alona Beach in Panglao Island, El Nido, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, Amanpulo in Palawan and Legazpi City in Albay. Forget your day’s tiredness with a relaxing spa session.
Placement– Western Pacific Ocean
Best time to visit– November to April
Things to do– Stay in a romantic beachfront villa at Mactan Island in Cebu. Take your life partner to Coron Palawan for island-hopping and sightseeing. Exciting water sports activities at Boracay Island. Explore the beautiful town of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro while holding hands. Snorkeling and Scuba diving at Biscuit Bay, El Nido. Shopping at Baguio City. Visit the glamorous Panglao Island in Bohol. Have some private moments amid nature at the Tagaytay City.
Absolutely perfect for honeymooning couples, Seychelles is all about romance and coziness, full of tranquility and solitude. Offering leisure, recreational as well as adventure activities, this place is one of the best honeymoon beach destinations outside India. Positioned deep within the Indian Ocean, this enchanting beautiful island has pristine beaches, stunning vistas, rich flora and fauna and luxury beach resorts.
A group of 115 islands, Seychelles has turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Walk hand-in-hand as you enjoy the sunset. The free spirit of the place and its people is going to be fun. The beauty of scenery is matchless. Visit beaches like Anse Source D’Argent, Anse Lazio, Beau Vallon and Intendance Beach for interesting activities. Do not miss out on savoring lip-smacking dishes of Creole Cuisine. Embark on sightseeing including Pearl Farm de Praslin, Mission Lodge Lookout, The Clock Tower and Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception etc.
Placement: Indian Ocean, off East Africa
Best time to visit– April, May, October and November
Things to do– Catch beautiful sunsets in your cameras. Enjoy island-hopping including Mahe, Praslin, Fregate Island, Aldabra, La Digue, and Bird Island. Adventure souls can explore underwater world at Morne Seychellois National Park in Mahe and Silhouette Island. Jet Ski at Beau Vallon Bay. Water sports activities like kayaking, waterskiing, parasailing, and diving. Go for a tropical couple massage.
If two of you are kick-starting a new phase of your life together, then pick Mauritius for your first vacation together. Given the epithet of the ‘Paradise Island’, this island is simply wonderful with its virgin beaches, colorful lagoons, and unparalleled natural beauty. It has just the right amount of secluded ambiance, and happening locations, which a newly-wedded couple yearns for. Be it the beaches, the wildlife, the cascading waterfalls, the evergreen rainforests or the hiking tracks, every thing is worth-exploring.
The paradisiacal Mauritius Island has pristine beaches such as Blue Bay, Pereybere, Grand Bay and Belle Mare, which must be explored. You can easily rent a car to explore the place on your own. On lazy days, simply lie on the beach, sipping beer together. Indulge in shopping for each other at popular local markets like Quatre Bornes, and Grand Baie Bazar. Orgasmic food delicacies are not to be missed.
Placement: Indian Ocean, off East Africa
Best time to visit: May to December
Things to do– Ski riding, parasailing and speed boat ride at the beaches for adventure loving couple. Rent a car for sightseeing. Pamper your better half with shopping. Explore Chamarel Village, also called the ‘Seven Colored Earth’. Visit the picturesque Ile aux Cerfs, or Treasure Island. Book a Mauritian spa of a relaxing couple massage. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden for a nature-loving couple. If you both are adventure enthusiasts, sky diving is going to be your thing.
The tranquil and enchanting Reunion Island is quite famed for its dreamy beaches, thick rainforests, volcanoes and vibrant coral reefs. The islands boast of several other delights such as breathtaking viewpoints, verdant jungles, gorgeous coastal cities and imposing landscapes. The place offers opportunities of various water sport such as snorkeling, surfing, sunbathing and scuba diving. For a couple that has interest in culture, these islands are an amazing blend of Indian, French, Creole, Chinese and African cultures.
Relish local delicacies during your honeymoon in Reunion Island. A visit to the well-stocked Natural History Museum and La Saga du Rhum museum would also be interesting. Do not forget to click memorable photographs of the stunning scenery of the islands. A rejuvenating spa session is going to take all your tiredness away. Explore the exotic marine life at Aquarium of Reunion Island.
Placement: Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa
Best time to visit: May to October
Things to do– Dolphin and Whale spotting. Tasting the local dodo beer is a must. Tasting street food is a must. A brave heart couple can walk up to the base of Le Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Enjoy shopping at the Saint-Paul’s market. Go diving at Natural Marine Reserve. Hike up the UNESCO-recognized peaks of the island. Enjoy sunbathing together at Ermitage Beach. Waterfall trek on Langevin River. Other activities include a catamaran cruise and an underwater scooter ride
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