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The best destinations for an island hopping honeymoon

It's easy to want to fly and flop on a stunningly beautiful paradise island but if you're the type of couple who might get itchy feet staying in one place - we've got the lowdown on the best destinations for an island hopping honeymoon!
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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!

Greece

Dazzling white and sky blue, a Greek island hopping honeymoon is one of our favourite honeymoons of all time. 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 hopping honeymoon with the famous Santorini & Mykonos at the top of any list. There are many other islands to explore but across the seas, you’ll find the Ionian islands like Corfu and Kefalonia or add Dodecanese Islands, like Rhodes and Kos, which are close to Turkey, to your Greek island hopping honeymoon 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.

Visit a winery, take a catamaran trip, explore ancient ruins and take a cooking class – a Greek island hopping honeymoon is pure romance.

FerryHopper.com is our go-to for booking ferry travel in Greece!

The best time to visit Greece for an island hopping honeymoon is April to October

Sample 14-night Greek 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

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Indonesia

Indonesia is famed for the island of Bali. Instead of doing an Indonesia island hopping honeymoon, you could easily spend your whole time and many couples do!

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, so consider using Bali as the perfect jump-off for an Indonesia island hopping honeymoon.

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.

The best time to visit Indonesia for an island hopping honeymoon is 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

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Seychelles

One of our favourite honeymoon destinations of all time, a Seychelles island hopping honeymoon, is, in a word, heaven. 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). On your Seychelles island hopping honeymoon, we highly recommend hiring 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. If you want to dive deeper into planning a Seychelles honeymoon, we’ve got our Ultimate Seychelles Honeymoon Guide here.

The best time to visit Seychelles for an island hopping honeymoon is April to October

Sample 14-night Seychelles island hopping honeymoon itinerary
6 nights Mahé at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles – 3 nights La Digue Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel – 5 nights Praslin at Constance Lemuria

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Hawaii

If you’re thinking about a Hawaii island hopping honeymoon, then all we can say is go! It is perfect for couples seeking an island hopping adventure in the USA. The epic scenery, beautiful hikes, vibrant beaches and volcanic landscapes. When planning a Hawaii island hopping honeymoon, you will need to book some inter-island flights, but 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.

Want to dive deeper and start planning a Hawaii honeymoon? Check out our Ultimate Hawaii Honeymoon Guide.

The best time to visit Hawaii for an island hopping honeymoon is from April to October, although it is a year-round destination.

Sample 14-night Hawaii island hopping 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

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Thailand

A Thailand island hopping honeymoon is a dream. 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 on 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. A Thailand island hopping honeymoon is filled with endless fun and romantic things to do. Want to dive deeper and start planning a Thailand honeymoon? Check out our Ultimate Thailand Honeymoon Guide.

The best time to visit Thailand for an island hopping honeymoon is November to April

Sample 14-night Thailand island hopping 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 Resort3 nights Krabi at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve 

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Caribbean

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, 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 history in Cuba, dancehall in Jamaica, rum in Barbados and pristine rainforest in St. Lucia – the hardest part is deciding which islands to visit.

The best time to visit the Caribbean for an island hopping honeymoon is November to May

Sample 14-night Caribbean island hopping honeymoon itinerary
5 nights Barbados at Cobblers Cove – 5 nights Saint Lucia at Sugar Beach – 4 nights Antigua at Hermitage Bay

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French Polynesia

This remote 118-island archipelago spread across the Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia, is the thing honeymoon dreams are made of. French Polynesia is 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 comprises 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.

Want to plan a French Polynesia honeymoon? Start with our Ultimate French Polynesia Honeymoon Guide.

The best time to visit French Polynesia for an island hopping honeymoon is 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

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The Philippines

The Philippines is made for an island hopping honeymoon! This unique archipelagic nation comprises 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 means that for a typical Philippines island hopping honeymoon, some flights will be involved if you want to cover for a few islands,. 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.

The best time to visit The Philippines for an island hopping honeymoon is 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 Boracay at The Lind Boracay

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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!

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