Have you ever dreamed of a perfect honeymoon getaway if money’s no object ? Well, your dream can come true if you head down to Dolphin Island in Fiji.
Dolphin Island is a magical private island paradise just a 10 minute cruise off the Fijian mainland. Surrounded by crystal-clear, turquoise water, wafted by soft sea breezes with beautiful sunsets, and framed by palm trees, a Dolphin Island honeymoon has to be the ultimate honeymoon if you can afford to go there in the first place!
On Dolphin Island there are just two dwellings or Bures sitting side by side, both built using elements of traditional Fijian architecture and design. Being on an exclusive-use basis, you will be the only guests on the island at any one time. The maximum guest numbers is four couples.
The two Bures are built up off the ground with wide spacious verandas to maximise the sea breezes and face the setting sun. One Bure is purely for dining and relaxing, whilst the other one has two completely separate double suites with private bathrooms.
Both structures are air conditioned and utterly comfortable with views out to sea.
The bures have wooden beams hewn from local trees, and a dark local cloth covers the walls. The furniture is handcrafted.
Traditional Fijian warmth and hospitality is provided by the host couple Stanley and Dawn Simpson. They will look after you as little or as much as you want ensuring a supply of delicious meals, drinks and a cocktail (or two) are presented according to your taste. They have knowledge of Dolphin Island and the surrounding South Pacific ocean and coral reefs which you may explore using the lodge’s snorkelling equipment, kayak and catamaran. At low tide, try walking around the entire edge of the island for a close observation of reef life and remains of ancient Fijian fishing pools. A picnic area and sleep out room exist at the opposite side of the island where there is also a sandy beach with loungers for sunbathing.
To get to Dolphin Island, you have to get to Fiji first, which is an eleven-hour flight from Los Angeles, but only four hours from Auckland, Sydney, and Brisbane.
The least expensive option to get to Dolphin Island from Fiji is a two-hour drive around the coast to Rakiraki, followed by a 10 minute boat trip. Alternatively you can use helicopter or seaplane but these are expensive options.
Sounds great? Then be prepared to cough up NZD $2,950 per day for one guest or two on a double room basis.