Honeymooning on Fiji and Bora Bora

May 5, 2004
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Honeymooning on Fiji and Bora Bora

Honeymooning on Fiji and Bora Bora
Question: My fiancé and I would like to plan a honeymoon that would involve some activities as well as leisure. We were hoping to travel to Fiji and Bora Bora. Our interests include running, backpacking, ocean kayaking, cycling, scuba, and snorkeling. We are in excellent physical condition, but are not formally trained in kayaking. We enjoy nature and experiencing other cultures. On the other hand, a few nights of drinking, dining, and relaxing in an over-the-water hut would be welcome. Is it possible to combine the two worlds?

Cindy Sullivan
Winfield, Illinois

On Fiji guests can stay in
thatch-roof huts over the water

Adventure Adviser: Anything is possible, but I recommend staying away from Fiji between November and March, the hurricane season. That said, here are my two suggestions, one on Bora Bora and one on Fiji — both of which made the list of the top 10 beaches in the world in the 1997-98 Outside Annual Travel Guide.

On Fiji, Dive Kadavu (011-679-311-780 or 888-234-5477) houses guests in beach-front bures with private verandas. You'll be treated to a weekly Fijian feast, as well as a fleet of dive boats and a well-stocked dive shop. Though diving is the main draw, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, and rainforest treks also are available. If you simply do not want to see another soul, take a one-week camping/kayaking adventure through Kayak Kadavu (800-588-3454).

Admittedly, Fiji sounds like the more active of the two islands, but you'll want at least one week of decadent beach lazing, and there's no better place to do it than the The Hotel Bora Bora (011-689-60-44-60 or 800-421-1490). You'll stay in a thatch-roof hut (some have their own private swimming pools), or in an over-the-water bungalow. The entire hotel grounds consist of a marine park where the hand-fed fish stick around, which means that the snorkeling is fabulous. For an extra tough workout after a heavy Polynesian meal, run for miles in the thigh-deep bathtub-warm water. You MUST charter a boat to Motu Roa, a tiny island with blinding white sand under curving coconut palms, where you won't see another soul — not a bad place to start, or end, a honeymoon.

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