Real Honeymoon: Fiji & Australia

Oh man, I am way too excited to share this Real Honeymoon.  Let me break it down for you: 1) a super awesome couple (Stephanie and Matt), 2) one of my favorite countries ever (Australia), and 3) as if Australia wasn’t exotic enough enough, they added Fiji, too.  Seriously, how cool is that?  Read all about their amazing honeymoon in Fiji and Australia below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

Fiji and Australia (Sydney and the Hunter Valley wine region) [November 2013].

Sydney honeymoon

How long was your trip?

We left Tuesday November 5th and returned Sunday November 12th. With the international date line and travel days, we had roughly a total of 10 days at our destinations. We spent 4 days/3 nights in Fiji, 5 days/4 nights in Sydney, and 3 days/2 nights in Hunter Valley.

Fiji honeymoon

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

Matt only gets 10 days of PTO a year, and he convinced his company to let him use all of it at once. Both of us have always wanted to go to Australia and since we had the time off, we went for it. If Matt had his choice, he’d be on the beach for all 10 days. I go crazy sitting still for that long, so our honeymoon was our compromise (aahh marriage!) on trips: beach, city exploring, and wine.

The best part about our honeymoon was…

Too many things to list, but…

1) In Fiji, the Tokoriki resort was beyond amazing. We actually had to take a charter boat to a motor boat that then brought us to the beach of our hotel where the hotel staff was playing the local welcome song. The staff was incredible, and I don’t think I’ve met happier/nicer people.

fiji honeymoon

I’ve never been keen on all-inclusive resorts as I like to explore local places, but Tokoriki had a rotating lunch and dinner menu, many of which would include local dishes. The meal plan consisted of breakfast, a two-course lunch, and a three-course dinner. Every night at dinner and happy hour, the local musicians (all self-taught) played music  for each table and the food was amazing every night. I also thought I’ve seen blue water before and I was clearly wrong until I went to Fiji.

2) I love to get my bearings in a city that I’m visiting, so our very first day in Sydney we went on a four hour bike tour (through Bonza Bike Tours). Unfortunately it was pouring, but we actually had a blast with it. It made our group even smaller and we got an extended tour because of it. The tour took us by all the major sites (we even rode across the harbor bridge) and got the full history behind each site.

sydney bridge

3) One of my ultimate goals in going to Australia was to be near a koala and I totally got my wish with our behind the scenes tour of Taronga Zoo. The zoo is a ten minute ferry ride from Circular Quay and right on the water. This got in our ferry ride around the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House. The zoo tour itself included going into the koala cages, feeding wallabies, going into a wombat cage, and seeing how the food is prepared for the animals, just to name a few of the amazing experiences.

koala

4) The group tour I booked for the Hunter Valley was a fabulous decision. Gary, our driver through the Vineyard Shuttle Service, was amazing and brought us to whatever wineries we would like and had recommendations if we didn’t know. We even fit in a brewery tasting and a vodka distillery.

hunter valley honeymoon

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Real Honeymoon: Fiji

Two of my friends from law school got married in Sonoma over the summer and decided to go to Fiji for their honeymoon.  Not too shabby, eh?  Take a peek at the photos from their beautiful trip below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

Fiji (Tokiriki, Denarau, Natadola Bay)

How long was your trip?

10 days

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

Warm beach weather, but not too hot to be active, beautiful beaches, relaxing, different culture

The best part about our honeymoon was… 

Relaxing on beautiful beaches, snorkeling, kayaking and golf

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…  

Avoid the big island and explore more small islands

How much planning did you do in advance?  

Just the logistical stuff (flights, hotels, transport to/from)

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