Sure, Paris is just a perfect destination for honeymooners – the lights, the bistros, the wine, the baguette, the Eiffel Tower, and everything else. Still, when you think about it, what can you actually do in Paris? Take long walks and eat. There are some couples that would like their honeymoon to be filled with a bit more excitement than that. And because there are a lot of them, active honeymoons have become quite common. Couples that like surfing can expect quite a treat everywhere around the globe, especially in the Pacific region. Here are a few places that join romance and surfing in the best possible way.
Raglan (North Island), New Zealand
The tiny and relatively isolated beach town (48 km west of Hamilton), Raglan is just ideal for a romantic getaway. The area is considered to be a true surfing Mecca, and the famous wave Manu Bay is famous for being the world’s longest left-hand break. If you have the will and the skill, you can cruise for 2km on this wave. There are also so many other things to do in Raglan. You can take a walk to the scenic Bridal Veil Falls, swim in the Ocean Beach, climb to the top of Mount Karioi, walk The Te Toto Gorge Track and cycle the Pipiwharauroa Trail.
Margaret River, Australia
Australia has a large number of surfing places, and if you are wondering why Margaret River is on this list instead of, let’s say, Noosa, well, it is because it is perfect for honeymooners. Besides being a surfing heaven (great waves all year long), this region is famous for its amazing scenery, fantastic wine (20 percent of Australia’s premium wine is made here) and delicious food. So, basically, Margaret River offers you the adventure of a lifetime, while still having some of Paris up its sleeve.
Teahupoo is a village on the south-west coast of Tahiti. It is one of the most legendary surfing spots in the world, but it is not for the faint of heart and unskilled. Its heavy and glassy waves sometimes reach up to 7m. If you want to spice up your travel with romance and luxury, you can do that in Le Meridien Tahiti resort, located 20 minutes from downtown Papeete, so it is far from the crowd, while style being in the centre of happenings. The hotel is located less than 50km away from Teahupoo, and you can still find great surfing places nearby.
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia
Imagine the most beautiful and romantic place in the world where you can catch the waves. That is definitely the Isle of Pines. There you can see the abundance of typical local pines, picturesque stretches of sand, nature’s swimming pool – Oro Bay, remarkable flora and fauna and extraordinarily clear turquoise water. You can catch both left and right waves (depending on the side of the island). Since it is not overcrowded with hotels, you can find unique and likeable places to stay, from apartments to villas.
Honiara, Solomon Islands
The capital of Solomon Islands is hardly love at first sight, with its unsightly architecture and traffic snarl-ups, but when you get used to it, it has an incredible charm, and some great sights such as Botanical Garden and Central Market. If you prefer a peaceful honeymoon, you can stay in nearby villages in many of the guest accommodations and surf camps. The sublime weather makes surfing a breeze, and if you are willing to do some exploring, you can even find some virgin waves.
Honeymoons are not all about dinners and wine. They are about doing something both newlyweds love. If you and your partner share a passion for surfing, consider visiting some of these amazing places. You’ll not regret it.
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