Bora Bora, it would seem, gets most of the attention when it comes to honeymoon destinations that epitomize that paradise island ideal. But its beauty is not actually unmatched. The South Pacific, unsurprisingly, is home to countless more islands that are as spectacular, if not more so—with about a thousand less travelers to boot. Picture mind-boggling coral reefs that butt up to silky sandy beaches lined with coconut palms that give way to the lushest, most verdant green hills. And maybe even a waterfall or two.
Fiji is where this kind of magical sounding landscape is a reality, made even more wondrous by the genuinely warm, smiling, and friendly locals (not to mention talented singers) who more often than not make up the entire staff of a resort. Speaking of, those tend to be on the smaller, much more private side, though not lacking in luxury. The journey to this idyllic land is surprisingly convenient from the U.S., especially the from the West Coast, where there's a nonstop flight on Fiji Airways—their super plush business class seats and super sweet flight attendants are the ultimate way to kickstart a journey across the Pacific. The flight from L.A. to Nadi (their main airport) leaves at night and takes around 11 hours, meaning you wake up on the island and don’t waste any time.
Whereas it’s possible at a big resort in Tahiti to forget where you are, in Fiji you always know—the culture is pervasive, and traditions are strong and shared with everyone. It’s not yet as built up as some of the other Pacific islands by a long shot, and thus there’s an intimacy that seems to allow for greater immersion. And of course, while there's often plenty of sunshine and relaxation, just keep in mind that November to April can be rainy. With more than 300 islands in the South Pacific, there’s a spot for romance that speaks to every type of couple. Here, a few of the sexiest.