Maldives, Fiji, Bora Bora, Moorea, Seychelles, Mozambique...
Tropical islands scream relaxation as the exotic overwater bungalows call your name!
I’ve been asked, on multiple occasions, "Which island should I visit?"
"It depends" is the short answer. The long answer? Read on to learn about the differences from island to island and what to keep in mind when choosing which island to visit.
Travel time How much time you have is crucial in planning your vacation. You don't want to spend more time in the air than on vacation.
Tahiti, the main hub in French Polynesia is a direct 8 hour flight from LA. From there, Moorea is a ferry ride away and Bora Bora a sea-plane flight away. Fiji is slightly farther at approximately 12 hours direct while getting to the Maldives or Seychelles in the Indian ocean can easily take at least double that time.
The islands are also great places for a stop-over. Planning a trip to New Zealand or Australia? Add a trip to one of the French Polynesian Islands or Fiji on your return or end your African Safari vacation on the beaches of Mozambique.
Overwater bungalows The Maldives, made up of over 1000 coral islands, is home to 500+ resorts and accounts for more than a third of all overwater bungalows. With the resorts spread apart on private islands, the Maldives is the place to be if you are looking for privacy and luxury.
French Polynesian islands are synonymous with overwater bungalows and are naturally a good fit. For privacy head to Bora Bora which oozes romance while still family friendly. Moorea is slightly less private and more laid back with plenty to explore on the island.
Fiji offers overwater bungalow options, though limited and the Seychelles is not home to any overwater bungalows, but offers spectacular resort immersed in nature and overlooking the water.
Activities All islands are wonderful choices for water activities with spectacular snorkeling and diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and boating.
In the Maldives, the islands are only a few feet above sea level. Enjoy a private picnic on a sandbank, go parasailing and fishing, take a traditional dhoni sunset cruise and relax.
If you want more than water activities, consider Moorea, the Seychelles or Fiji. On the lush French Polynesian island of Moorea you can hike, go 4 wheeling, explore waterfalls and immerse in the Polynesian culture. Bora Bora and Moorea both offer great dining both on and off of the resort.
On the Seychelles, you will find a mix of spectacular gold-sand beaches, rainforests and waterfalls. Great for travelers looking for both land and water activities. Head rock climbing, hiking or bird watching in Vallee de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Morne National Park, enjoy a game of golf, find the Giant Tortoises on Aldabra Atoll and go mangrove kayaking and fly fishing.
Fiji is great whether you are looking for privacy or feeling sociable. Explore the culture, arrange a tour of a traditional village - one of my favorite memories from Fiji and participate in the ancient kava ceremony. For an adrenaline rush, raft the white waters of Navua River and give 4 wheeling a try.
Wildlife All islands are home diverse marine life from beautiful corals, manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, sharks and many tropical fish.
The Maldives is home to mainly marine wildlife. What makes the Maldives and Mozambique unique is the opportunity to swim with whale sharks.
In French Polynesia, enjoy over 90 birds and seasonally humpback whales that come to the warm waters of the South Pacific to birth. Also enjoy the beautiful tropical flowers of the islands that many Tahitians wear in their hair. Snorkel off of your overwater bungalow deck or go diving in Moorea where its steep landscape continues below the water.
The Seychelles are home to the world’s largest population of giant Aldabra tortoises as well as nearly 250 different species of birds, 12 of which are endemic to the islands.
The islands of Fiji are home to 27 bird species unique to Fiji along with many other bird species. Make sure to bring your binoculars and a bird guide!
So, which island is calling your name? Where do you want to escape to?