You can experience romantic moments anywhere if you’re with someone special. Still, to witness it truly flourish, it sure helps if you’re in the right place too. So without further adieu, here are the world’s 16 most romantic island getaways.
The Palawan archipelago remains unspoiled. Veteran visitors praise it for its karst outcrops, pristine water, and white beaches. Be sure to take the popular underground tour of the mighty Puerto Princesa Underground River and take in the impressive stalactites on this unrushed excursion.
Experience the romance of gliding along in a boat as the fireflies light your way. If you’re both foodies, this area is famous for its food. Mind you, a unique romantic dinner for two might require you to step a bit out of your official comfort zone. Would you care for some delicious minced crocodile?
Capri embodies the good life. Situated in the glistening Tyrrhenian Sea off Italy’s Sorrento Peninsula, in the Campania region. It is highlighted by upscale shopping spots, stunning views, and lovely, little coves. This place has been a popular resort going back to the time of the vaunted Roman Republic.
Sample the local limoncello at the world-famous Blue Grotto. Surprise your someone special by secretly booking a romantic couples’ boat tour of the island. The tour includes a tasty lunch, wine, and even snorkeling. It is quite private, just you, your significant other and your guide.
Catalina Island, USA
Also known as Santa Catalina Island, this rocky, sunny isle is found off the coast of California in the beautiful Gulf of Santa Catalina. Before things get too hot and heavy take the small-group guided tour of Avalon, a casual food and walking tour. Other highlights of the island include diving, snorkeling, and swimming at the beaches, and even wildlife spotting. You can also engage in the zip-lining eco-tour that has you soaring an exciting 600 feet above sea level. If you are both the gambling sort, visit the Art Deco Catalina Casino.
St. Lucia, Caribbean
St. Lucia, a sovereign island nation found in the West Indies, is known for its volcanic beaches, gorgeous rainforest, and (surprisingly) fine dining. Experts say these are but three reasons why this place is a rather obvious choice for a romantic getaway. Hop aboard a catamaran and take in the surroundings.
You will even stop for a romantic stroll walk through the verdant tropical greenery of the lovely Diamond Botanical Gardens. You could also enjoy some champagne and hors d’oeuvres on a relaxing sunset cruise. Take the small-group aerial tram tour and get acquainted with the island’s fascinating Jacquot parrot.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Tahiti is legendary for its lovely landscape which consists of a pair of connected islands. Experience the black sand beaches, lagoons, volcanoes, and local homes that appear perfectly perched above the beauteous blue water. Take one of the interesting Tahiti island tours and take in the excellent views.
You will see the stunning tropical flowers and waterfalls of the lovely Vaipahi Gardens. If you enjoy watching ocean waves you can sign on to a special excursion to watch the big ones break at Teahupoo. You might even spot a surfer or two who think they’re up for the challenge.
The island of Maui in Hawaii is traditionally one of the most romantic places on the planet for good reason. It has long been famous for its magnificent beaches, sunrises, and sunsets. Indeed, you can take in one of those legendary sunsets together on a romantic dinner cruise that veteran visitors describe as “evening views” you will die for.
If you enjoy tropical fish and swimming try snorkeling at the Turtle Arches reef on a special boating and snorkeling trip. Perhaps you prefer a bird’s eye view? See the islands from the sky. Take a helicopter tour over Maui and Molokai too.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Roughly 17 kilometers (almost 11 miles) northwest of Tahiti you will discover a smaller island known as Moorea. The isle is part of the Windward Islands and one of the Society Islands too. The name is Tahitian for “yellow lizard.” It also features wonderful white-sand beaches and a lovely lagoon. Moorea also includes hiking trails that lead through the lush, local hillsides, a guided twin jet ski tour, opportunities to swim with stingrays and sharks, transparent kayak tours over the warm-watered lagoon and more.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Beautiful Virgin Gorda is reported to be both the third-largest and the second-most populous of all the British Virgin Islands. Past visitors say it’s very easy to crank up the romance here. If you have saved some money take a private sunset sail.
If not, then sign on for a special sunset catamaran cruise complete with snorkeling time. You must see the isle’s famous natural landmark, The Baths, too. It consists of time-smoothed granite boulders that form arches, pools and even atmospheric tunnels.
Santorini is perhaps most famous for its near-trademark bright blue and white homes stacked high into the hillsides. It is also an incredible, popular place for a memorable romantic island getaway. Be like Gilligan and company and take a three-hour tour that comes complete with a volcanic hike and a comfy dip in the local hot springs. Other options include a sunset catamaran cruise that includes snorkeling and swimming, a genuine Greek barbecue, and incredible views at sunset.
St. Barthelemy, Caribbean
The rich and famous have made this hot spot in the Caribbean a world-class and world-famous romantic island getaway. An overseas collectivity of France, this place is popular for its fragrant gardens, coves and cliffs, and soft, clean sands. Explore Gustavia’s harbor and you just might see some exclusive yachts and maybe even a couple of famous faces, too.
You can also go looking for sea turtles and humpback whales. There are 22 beaches from which to choose. However, if you are into beach-combing for a sea-polished souvenir or a simple romantic stroll, then visit Shell Beach.
A province of Indonesia, Bali is also one of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Considered by some travel writers to be one of the world’s “most romantic islands,” it is highlighted by its idyllic beaches, historic temples, and fantastic food. Let’s not forget the tumbling waterfalls, steaming hot springs inquisitive monkeys who live there either! You can check them all out on a private Ubud tour. Go snorkeling and you will get to see butterflyfish and moray eels too.
Off the African coast, in the Indian Ocean, is the island nation of Mauritius. It features unforgettable eats, beautiful beaches, and noteworthy coral reefs. There’s quite a lot to do here. Available activities include taking in wildlife, a full-day catamaran cruise, a day-trip to Bénitiers Island to see the dolphins, a visit to the popular Saint Aubin sugar estate, a one-day excursion in southern Mauritius, and (especially if you’re a foodie) sampling all the traditional tasty Mauritian fare, too!
Seychelles, an archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean, is another upscale location for famous honeymooners. No worries though because you too can stay there if you avoid the more expensive accommodations and simply rent a private home. Suggested activities include a half-day tour of Victoria’s historic landmarks, a boat trip to St. Anne Marine Park to learn about the local marine life, swimming, snorkeling, or simply kicking back on the beach.
Bonaire, a peaceful isle in the Leeward Antilles, is not only one of the top choices of a romantic island getaway, but it is also a big fave of divers. Visit the well-known Bonaire National Marine Park and go snorkeling around the cool coral reefs. First-timers are also encouraged to take the popular three-hour tour of Bonaire’s main villages, the salt flats down south, and Lake Gotomeer with its favored, fashionable flamingos. Do you need more adventure on your romantic island getaway? Try windsurfing or kitesurfing.
Islamorada, Florida is actually an incorporated village found in Monroe County. It is most notably an exceptional spot for a number of activities including eco reef adventures, fishing, and or flying high on an exciting parasailing tour of the Florida Keys to take in an amazing aerial view of the area. You can also go birdwatching, snorkeling, or hiking in popular Indian Key State Historic Site.
Mackinac Island, USA
Last but not least is the Michigan island resort, Mackinac Island. Said by some travel experts to be perhaps a “hidden gem” getaway destination, it is a nice, peaceful “car-free zone” situated on Lake Huron. If you would rather not hike everywhere you will need to rent electric scooters or bicycles. You can also take a romantic horse-drawn carriage tour to acquaint yourself with the area. You can play golf, engage in various water sports and take boat tours too.
There you have it, dear readers, the world’s 16 most romantic island getaways. Did we miss your favorite romantic hot spot? By all means, let us know in the comments section!
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