HERE’S 5 ISLANDS IN FIJI GUARANTEED TO STEAL MORE THAN JUST HEARTS
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Whether it’s a honeymoon, anniversary or wedding you’re planning, a celebration of love is something to be savoured and shared with our significant others. Much can be said about the 333 beautiful islands that constitute the country of Fiji where turquoise waters and lush landscapes are said to have rejuvenative powers in the dimension of love. With two direct flights from Singapore to Fiji through Fiji Airways, the 5 island paradises that we’re about to recommend are just a few comfortable hours away.
Known as the island ‘where the sun comes to rest’, the picturesque beaches of Malolo are a favourite for sunset weddings. Stretching over 2,000 acres, the island is the largest of the Mamanuca archipelago which consists of a chain of 20 islands and is some of Fiji’s most photographed and filmed locations. The destination has played host to reality tv-series like Survivor and feature films like Castaway. For an unparalleled experience on the island, visit the Likuliku Lagoon Resort which contains a rich lagoon filled with marine and land biodiversity promising you a refuge away from the world. Better yet, allow the group of singing Fijian musicians at the resort to serenade you on your journey to rediscover love. The island is a mere 10 minutes away by seaplane west of Viti Levu.
Bearing the literal meaning of ‘heaven’ in the Fijian language, the island of Yasawa was once off limits to tourists and visitors making its statuesque and stunning landscapes a virtually untouched Eden. The island itself is a perfect place to detox in a break from civilization with no shops or banks located on the island. Couples may rediscover nature’s beauty in all its glory by visiting the popular Drawaqa island, which holds one of the best manta ray safaris or the mysterious Sawa-i-lau caves where the formation of ancient limestones were made through waves. Options ranging from luxurious 5-star to flashpacker resorts are available on the island.
The Taveuni island of Fiji is the only place in the world that one may find its national flower, the Tagimoucia which origins bear the legend of a princess fleeing for the mountains after being forced to marry someone she did not love and her tears turned into the red beautiful flowers. The island of Taveuni boasts some of the most exotic flora and fauna you would ever see located within its heritage parks at Waitabu Marine Park and Bouma National Heritage Park. An interesting anecdote is that the International Date Line runs through Taveuni and you’ll be the first to see the dawning of a new day on this island with your loved one.
For an ultra luxurious exclusive romance, all stops point to Dolphin Island. Situated on the Suncoast side of the main island, bookings here are done on an exclusive-use basis where you would be the only guests. Only a total of up to 8 guests are able to stay on the island at any given time so imagine a Swiss family Robinson but on a 5-star resort scale. Spend the night in the hilltop sleep-out bure and leave your children with the island nanny to rekindle a night of romance in this open-air bedroom lit by candlelight.
The horseshoe shaped Matangi island, was one of the three tiny volcanic islands that were once off-limits to the tourists in Fiji and offers packages tailored to couples looking to renew their vows, get married, or just enjoy spa treatments. Its signature villas include three secluded tree houses which contain a private sun deck, outdoor lava rock shower, outdoor Jacuzzi and a great view of the sunset. Included in the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”, the spectacular natural beauty of the island and the warmth of the Matangi family at its island resort will set you on a journey of reinvigorating the lost spirit of love.
*Effective January 17 onwards, Fiji Airways will be offering twice weekly flights from Singapore to Fiji departing on Wednesday and Friday and returning on Tuesday and Friday. The airline is offering a sale period from January 16th onwards to February 12th to Fiji.