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7 Amazing Islands To Celebrate Your Honeymoon

7 Amazing Islands To Celebrate Your Honeymoon

There is no doubt that a honeymoon is one of the most special times in a person’s life. For every newly married couple, this is the time to celebrate their love and embark on a meaningful journey together. Honeymoon destinations can be exotic and romantic, so couples will enjoy and remember them for a lifetime. The places listed in this article are all islands, so if you are beach-type of person, then you should seriously consider one of these places for your romantic getaway.

1. Bali

Bali is an Indonesian volcanic island with beautiful white-sand beaches, stunning sights, incredible buildings, culture, art, and performances. Couples could choose to partake in a Balinese massage, a perfect way to pamper and relax. Bali has many spas to visit that offer a range of treatments and yoga. If you enjoy water-slides and rapids to relax and cool down from the heat, you could visit a water park such as the Waterbom Bali. You can go scuba-diving or snorkeling in Labuhan Lalang. The Sekumpul Waterfalls in Singaraja are a beautiful picturesque place to visit. If you’re an animal lover, there’s the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud with over 600 Balinese macaques; Ubud is also known for its Hanging Gardens. Bali has tropical jungles, exotic wildlife, green pools, spacious white-sand beaches, and magnolia trees. You will often find yourself entertained by dancers and musicians.

2. Mauritius

Mauritius, based in Africa, is a beautiful location. Its capital is Port Louis, which has a stunning waterfront harbor and a bustling market with a wide variety of fruit, vegetables, and spices. It’s possible to view Port Louis from the Citadel—an old-fort—or from the church of Marie Reine de la Paix located at Signal Mountain—both give stunning high-up views over Port Louis, with hills on one side and the sea on the other. If scuba-diving is of interest, then Flic-en-Flac is a popular destination. Other water sports such as surfing, snorkeling, glass-bottom boats, watching whales or dolphins, parasailing, submarine trips, and kitesurfing are also available in Mauritius.

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If you’re looking for a more peaceful destination, then you could choose Trou aux Biches, a small non-commercialized town on the north coast of Mauritius that used to be a fishing-village; it has a 2km white-sand beach that is shaded by trees. If you enjoy deep-sea fishing, then Riviere Noire is a perfect location for that. Chamarel is worth a visit to see the stunning view of the Seven Colored Earths (Terres de 7 Couleurs), which is surrounded by tropical forests and has an 83-meter-high waterfall; it’s also near the Black River Gorges National Park. Mauritius has white coral sand beaches (to the north), lagoons (to the east), and is surrounded by mountains.

If Bali or Mauritius doesn’t sound right for your honeymoon, don’t worry: the next five islands on this list are also magnificent.

3. The Cayman Islands

There are three Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman)—the sea surrounding the islands is beautifully clear, which means that honeymoon couples can go diving and see a wealth of underwater marine creatures, including turtles and tropical fish. Seven Mile Beach at George Town (actually only 5.5 miles) has beautiful white sand and is non-touristy. Stingray City is a location where you can swim among, hold, and even feed stingrays; you’ll also get the opportunity to see coral gardens and the Barrier Reef. Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, as well as having an array of beautiful plants and flowers, has parrots, other birds, and a conservation area for blue iguanas. Little Cayman is very tranquil and peaceful; the native iguanas outnumber the 150 residents. The Cayman Islands has many incredible restaurants for a wonderful romantic meal for two. In Grand Cayman, you can treat yourselves to a lovely massage and spa visit. You could also take an excursion into a tropical rain forest. Cayman Brac has 170 caves, and you will see fruit bats, herons, and green parrots there.

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4. Hawaii

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii has a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after your wedding. Guava fruit grows on trees near the beach. Haleakala National Park is worth a visit to see endangered species, volcanic landscapes and rain forests. You can see the vibrant emerald river valleys in Kaua’i and vividly colored coral reefs. Hawaii has an abundance of stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, and ancient lava flows. Hawaii is a photographer’s paradise, for all the beautiful diverse scenic backdrops there, just waiting to make some lasting memories.

Hawaii is ideal for surfing, with its big waves, as well as for kayaking, outrigger canoeing, swimming close to manta rays and turtles, snorkeling, whale-watching or seeing the spinner dolphins, diving, sunbathing, and fishing. You could pick up a homemade ice cream with delicious flavors of macadamia nut or Kona coffee. If you visit Hawaii in July, there’s a Big Island Hawaiian Music Festival with steel drums, ukuleles, guitars, and singing. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, a farmer’s market takes place in Hanalei, a beautiful environment surrounded by mountains, where you can buy organic produce, such as feta cheese and frozen chocolate bananas; you may also purchase local arts and crafts. Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens is worth visiting to see monkeys, sloths, parrots, reptiles, and a white Bengal tiger. What could be more romantic for a honeymoon couple than watching a sunset or sunrise in Hawaii?

5. Santorini

Santorini in Greece is a beautiful volcanic island. It is famous for its many white villas with colored roofs on the cliff tops, which give it a picturesque backdrop. Santorini is on the edge of the beautiful blue Aegean Sea. The beaches contain striking red sand at Akrotiri and black volcanic sand at Perissa and Kamari. Also at Kamari are Greek ruins and an open-air cinema, which can make a lovely romantic date night. Ancient sites, such as the Bronze Age settlement called Akrotiri, which also goes by the name of the Minoan Pompeii, is a stunning place to visit for anyone with an interest in archaeology.

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Santorini is a beautiful place to go for cliff-top walks. If you enjoy wine, you could visit a winery and tantalize your palate with some wine tasting. Santorini has a giant lagoon in the Cyclades island group, approximately 12km by 7km. With high cliffs surrounding it, the lagoon acts as a harbor and port, and has a new marina. There’s a hilltop village of Oia. Santorini has many wonderful restaurants, and for a young-at-heart couple who also want to enjoy some nightlife, it can make the perfect honeymoon destination.

6. Seychelles

The Seychelles are a group of more than a hundred islands. They’re based in the Indian Ocean and have palm trees, secluded white-sand beaches of Beau Vallon on Mahé or Anse Lazio on Praslin, lagoons, and a turquoise sea. Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue has very vivid pink sand and is a beautiful beach, containing boulders too. Wildlife is abundant, including turtles, tortoises, and birds. The coral reefs in the Seychelles have so much marine life to see, with beautiful brightly colored fish and a variety of corals. North Island is three kilometers long and contains just 11 villas for guests; it’s a very private and exclusive retreat that has been used by royalty. North Island has been especially stocked with endangered plant species to conserve them.

The Seychelles has private islands, such as Fregate with treetop dining and Denis Island, where it is possible to go diving and snorkeling with sea turtles. Morne Seychellois National Park is worth visiting in Mahé, especially if you’re a keen walker. If nature and wildlife interest you, the Vallee de Mai has the rare coco de mer palm (which produces a fruit that looks like a double-joined coconut) and is a well-known site for such birds as the bulbul, the blue pigeon, the endangered black parrot, and the Seychelles warbler.

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7. Maldives

The Maldives are a perfect location, with warm water to go scuba-diving, snorkeling, waterskiing, jet skiing, parasailing, paragliding, or you may choose to go on one of the many boat tours. Beautiful white-sand beaches make a lovely place to go for a romantic stroll hand-in-hand, such as at Veligandu Island Beach or Alimatha Island; or in the evening you could visit the bioluminescent beach, which looks as though the sea is filled with tiny blue lights. You could relax with yoga and Pilates. The Maldives has a huge selection of spas, where you could have a romantic massage.

You could decide to visit the National Museum to soak up some Maldivian culture and see items from royalty of the past. clothing, statues, Buddha statues, and engravings. The Maldives has over 1,000 mosques to visit; the mosque in Hulhumale is striking, with its huge gold dome. Local markets in Malé sell fish, fruit, and vegetables. At various reefs you can see amazing sea life with schools of tropical fish, manta rays, and turtles: the Banana Reef at the North Malé Atoll, Manta Point, and HP Reef. If you’re daring you could go diving with sharks, such as the hammerhead sharks or a whale shark.

After you choose your destination, the next step is to do some planning for a memorable honeymoon and begin your romantic journey.

Featured photo credit: tigertravel via pixabay.com

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13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with It and Enjoy the Ride

Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

Why is this so critically important to you?

The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
  • The man facing the judge.
  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

2. Accept Your Fear

Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

And here’s what can be done.

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3. Get Some Perspective

I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

  • Are you really at risk?
  • Will this kill you?
  • Which leads us on to..
  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

4. Hold a Hand

As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

Ask yourself:

  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
  • Could that really happen?
  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

8. Assume the Worse

If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

11. Go with Fear

When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

13. Own Your Fear

Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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