We know that planning a wedding is EXHAUSTING (and often quite stressful!) so you might want to ‘fly and flop’ at a luxury hotel or resort where the only thing you have to lift is a cocktail. We get it! For some couples, however, the idea of staying in one place the whole time makes for itchy feet.
An island hopping honeymoon is a perfect way to have some well-deserved time for relaxation and be able to get a change of scenery. Moving easily from island to island should be hassle-free. We’d recommend organising before you travel with your travel agent, tour operator or even directly with your hotel, who should be able to help. Whether it’s a quick hop by ferry or flight, there are so many magical islands to explore on our wonderful planet. Let us take you across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa & Oceania with the best destinations for an island hopping honeymoon!
Dazzling white and sky blue, Greece is one of our favourite destinations for a romantic island hopping honeymoon. Expect sun-drenched blue domed churches, picturesque villages, centuries of Greek civilisation on display and the freshest Greek-Mediterranean cuisine.
The Cyclades are the most popular for a Greek island honeymoon with the famous Santorini & Mykonos at the top of any list with many other islands to explore but across the seas, you’ll find the Ionian islands like Corfu and Kefalonia or add the Dodecanese islands, close to Turkey to your list. Hop from Athens to car-free islands like Hydra, part of the Saronic Islands. Start or end with a room with your own private pool for a little honeymoon luxury.
Best time to visit – April to October
Sample 14-night Greece island hopping honeymoon itinerary
4 nights Mykonos at Branco Mykonos – 3 nights Paros at Parilio Hotel – 2 nights Folegandros at Vrahos Boutique Hotel – 5 nights Santorini at Katikies Chromata Santorini
Indonesia is famed for the island of Bali, where you could easily spend your whole honeymoon! A Bali honeymoon has so much to offer, lively beach areas like Seminyak, romantic clifftop hotels overlooking the Indian Ocean at Uluwatu where you can expect your own infinity pool, flower bath and floating breakfast. Cultural Ubud with lush junglescapes and highlights like the Bali jungle swing, Ubud Monkey Forest, and countless temples nearby. However, this archipelagic nation has many other islands to explore!
The beautiful Gili Islands are easily accessible from Bali, get off-grid with a car-free existence. Or, try Nusa Lembongan for stunning beaches. On Java, explore the Borobudur Temple and Perbunan Temple near Yogyakarta, and hike volcanos. Lombok is just a quick hop from Bali and the Gili Islands where you can experience a quiet way of life, bike around rice paddy fields and swim in hidden waterfalls. Go further west (flights needed for this leg) to Flores & Komodo Island for Komodo National Park for adventures with the Komodo dragons. Swim in pristine lakes and visit the famous pink beach.
Best time to visit – May to October
Sample 14-night Indonesia island hopping honeymoon itinerary
4 nights Bali at The Legian Seminyak – 3 nights Gili Islands at Jago Gili Air – 3 nights Lombok at The Oberoi Lombok – 4 nights Komodo at Ayana Komodo Waecicu Beach
Seychelles is our ultimate destination for an island hopping honeymoon in paradise. With so many magical beaches, pristine rainforest interiors, and abundant marine life, you’ve truly found heaven on earth in the Indian Ocean.
Although there are 115 islands, you can easily hop between the main islands by ferry (you can fly via plane with Air Seychelles and some resorts offer helicopter transfers too). Hire a car and explore deserted beaches, visit giant tortoises, go snorkelling and diving, visit a rum factory, go hiking, hire a boat and visit colourful markets. Start on Mahé with stunning spots like Saint Anne Marine National Park and the Morne Seychelles National Park. Neighbouring Praslin island with UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, feels like going back in time. Don’t forget La Digue island (where nearly everyone gets around by bike) with one of the world’s most famous beaches, Anse Source D’Argent.
Best time to visit – April to October
Hawaii is perfect for couples seeking adventure. Epic scenery and hikes with relaxing beaches and volcanic landscapes. Although for Hawaii island hopping, you will need to take inter-island flights. They’re short (usually less than an hour) and plentiful with Hawaiian Airlines.
There is so much to see and do. On Oahu alone, you’ll find the cityscape of Honolulu, including the famous Waikiki Beach. Packed with dining, nightlife, galleries, boat trips, and surfing lessons. On Maui discover epic hikes, beautiful beaches and scenic road trips. See volcanos on Big Island and marvel at the lush, cinematic landscapes of Kauai. Hawaii is a classic.
Best time to visit Hawaii – April to October
Sample 14-night island hopping Hawaii honeymoon itinerary
4 nights Oahu at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – 4 nights Kauai at 1 Hotel Hanelei Bay or Big Island at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – 6 nights Maui at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
One of our favourite honeymoon destinations, Thailand is probably the easiest location on our list for an island hopping honeymoon. Two coastlines of paradise islands with plenty for culture, food and wildlife lovers too. Picturesque limestone cliffs and karsts over emerald water await. Eat at fine dining establishments or tiny little huts on the beach. With everything from hedonistic parties to tiny secluded eco-luxury boltholes, Thailand truly has something for everyone.
It’s easy to get around too, with ferries and speedboats in operation with countless tour operators. You can choose between two coasts for your Thailand island hopping honeymoon (or if you want to do both, you can fly between the coasts to/from Phuket and Koh Samui with Bangkok Airways).
The Andaman Sea is on the west coast and is famous for islands like Phuket, Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and mainland destinations like Khao Lak & Krabi. Visit James Bond island, go whitewater rafting and take a foodie tour. Or, you might decide on the east coast islands in the Gulf of Thailand for your island hopping adventure. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Ko Tao are the most popular. Kayak in Ang Thong National Marine Park and spend the night at the famous Full Moon Party. Spend your days in your own plunge pool or visit uninhabited islands. Explore temples and waterfalls, learn to dive, go snorkelling and take a cooking class. Thailand has endlessly run and romantic things to do.
Best time to visit Thailand – November to April
Sample 14-night island hopping Thailand honeymoon itinerary
4 nights Khao Lak at Casa de la Flora – 3 nights Koh Yao Noi at TreeHouse Villas Koh Yao Noi – 4 nights Koh Phi Phi at Zeavola Resort – 3 nights Krabi at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
With laid-back island vibes, paradise beaches, music, rum cocktails and fresh seafood, the Caribbean is a quintessential island-hopping honeymoon destination. A cruise is a wonderful way to get a taste of the islands, with some inter-island ferries for islands that are closer to each other. There are so many Caribbean island hopping combinations, think the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos, Aruba & Curacao, Jamaica & Cuba, St. Martin & the British Virgin Islands, to name a few. Regional airlines like Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean Airways, Cape Air and Air Antilles make journeys short and convenient.
Discover some of the planet’s best beaches with plenty of snorkelling and diving. Each island has its own flavour. Discover Cuban history, Jamaican dancehall, Bajan rum or St. Lucia’s rainforest – the hardest part is deciding which islands to visit.
Best time to visit – November to May
This remote 118-island archipelago spread across the Pacific Ocean is the things honeymoon dreams are made of. It’s often called Tahiti (the island you’ll fly into), but the official name is French Polynesia. It’s where the overwater bungalow concept started (thank you Tahitian people!). Most known for the dream honeymoon island, Bora Bora. You can base yourself in Bora Bora for a week of unadulterated luxury. Admittedly, it will be hard to tear yourselves away from this paradise island, but there are other islands to visit. The Society Islands consists of Tahiti, Bora Bora & Moorea but also the lesser visited Tetiaroa, Tahaa, Huahine and Raiatea. You also have incredible private islands like The Brando. There are other groups of islands like the Marquesas and Tuamotu Atolls for couples who want to get off the beaten track.
Spend your days on the dazzling white sand beaches with aquamarine waters, go snorkelling and diving, take a sunset cruise, go whale watching, explore the rainforest and learn about Tahitian culture. You could also take an island hopping cruise with a company like Paul Gauguin Cruises.
Best time to visit – May to October
Sample 14-night French Polynesia island hopping honeymoon itinerary
2 nights Tahiti at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa – 5 nights Moorea at Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort – 7 nights Bora Bora at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
This unique archipelagic nation is made up of seven THOUSAND islands, stretching from China to Borneo, meaning you are never too far from a beach or an adventure in The Philippines! However, this mean that for a typical honeymoon to try to cover a few islands, some flights will be involved. The cities of Cebu and Manila are the major flight hubs, with Air Asia, Philippine Airlines & Cebu Pacific Air serving multiple routes.
From party islands to secluded atolls, there is an island for every type of couple. Expect white sand beaches, emerald and turquoise waters, volcanos, diving and snorkelling amongst coral reefs with a dash of adventure activities like cliff jumping and kayaking.
Best time to visit – November to April
Sample 14-night Philippines island hopping honeymoon itinerary
2 nights Manila at Sofitel Philippine Plaza – 4 nights Palawan at Cauayan Island Resort – 2 nights Coron at Paolyn Houseboats – 1 night Cebu at Summit Galleria – 5 nights Borocay at The Lind Boracay
We hope you’ve got some inspiration from these island hopping honeymoon ideas! Let us know in the comments where you’re thinking about going!