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Cape Town Or Fiji For Honeymoon?  
User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

OK it's time for us to plan our Honeymoon (We have been married since September but haven't really been able to get the 2 weeks we want to travel.

I would prefer to go to Fiji, the wife wants to go to South Africa.

Who has been to either place?? What is their to do in Fiji and what is their to do in Cape Town?

Thanks folks.

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User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

When are you wanting to go? Fiji is temperate - you can pretty much guarantee the temperature year round. Cape Town can get quite cool in their winter.

What is you want to do on your honeymoon? Cape Town is beautiful with some scenery that cannot be beat anywhere in the world. Fiji has some amazing scenery too. If you are wanting to spend time exploring go to Cape Town. If you are wanting to spend time exploring (wink wink) go to Fiji.

Cheers!
Len



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User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1710 times:

I think we want to go in January of 2008.

I would prefer the relaxation and "exploring" in Fiji. Are there any places in Cape Town to relax? How are the beaches there. What can be done in Fiji to keep the lady occupied when she gest tired of the beach? How far are the safari areas.


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

Cape Town, Fiji isn't the most stable nation to take a honeymoon, i was in Cape Town a few months ago...its beautiful, the beaches are especially beautiful around the camps bay area, there is the beautiful V&A waterfront area, the Garden route which is phenomenally beautiful.

There are safari parks in Cape Town region...though they're not as good as those closer to Johannesburg...nevertheless they are worth a visit. Robben Is is a fantastic excursion, Table Mt is not to be missed...I'd choose Cape Town any day over Fiji. It's also a very safe and cheap city for a holiday.



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User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

Quoting JFK69 (Reply 2):
I think we want to go in January of 2008.

I would prefer the relaxation and "exploring" in Fiji. Are there any places in Cape Town to relax? How are the beaches there. What can be done in Fiji to keep the lady occupied when she gest tired of the beach? How far are the safari areas.

Since I don't know you well enough I cannot make a good recommendation. January is summer and gorgous in Cape Town. The game parks that are nice to venture to are quite a ways east - but there may be some closer that I am not aware of.

Personally - I would suggest Fiji. Cape Town is fantastic but you would be busy exploring the sites and sounds. Fiji is secluded and romantic and beautiful. Go there and forget about the world and things to do. Make it a time for just the 2 of you. Use Fiji as a chance to escape the world and the business of it - treat her to her. She may want to do Africa but tell her you just want to sweep her off her feet, dazzle her on a beautiful beach and treat her to what is natural about her being a woman. That you want to be able to stand at the shores of the ocean and look her in the eyes and tell her that your love is deeper than the ocean and you would go to the ends of the earth for her and that her beauty goes far beyond the palm trees and the white sand and the blue waters. Sweep her off her feet.

Cheers!
Len



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User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1690 times:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
Sweep her off her feet

Blah, blah, blah...nice words, but newly married at the beach still means one thing and one thing only. You get to rest, a lot, after some required 'exercise'. Did the beach during my honeymoon and it was great. Talking about the room, now... Wink


User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2010 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1686 times:
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I've been to Cape Town numerous times and love it. I also just got back from Fiji last week. For a honeymoon, there's really no comparison... Go to Fiji. The Cape Region is a fantastic destination. Cape Town is a great vibrant city, with much to do in relatively small distances. If you go up to the winelands or along the Garden Route it can also be very romantic. But, that said... its a long way to go, and it won't be the "Africa" of animals and game parks. For that, you'll have to go up to the Kruger area (east of Johannesburg).

Fiji on the other hand is the classic honeymoon destination of beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees, and lovely people. Forget what anyone tells you about stable governments or recent coups. Unless you plan to spend your time in Suva, the capital, you won't hear anything about politics whatsoever. Suva has no redeeming tourist value. Spend your time on one of the outer islands. The Fijians are absolutely lovely people. I would go back there in a second. It is also a fantastic dive destination if you're interested in scuba diving. We stayed on Taveuni, which is very remote and picturesque. I wouldn't recommend the place we stayed for honeymooners, since it caters primarily to scuba divers, but there are several beautiful hotels on/near Taveuni that do cater especially for honeymooners.

Please feel free to check out the pictures my partner and I took:

http://picasaweb.google.com/adabonyi/Fiji



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User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1684 times:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
That you want to be able to stand at the shores of the ocean and look her in the eyes and tell her that your love is deeper than the ocean and you would go to the ends of the earth for her and that her beauty goes far beyond the palm trees and the white sand and the blue waters. Sweep her off her feet.

Wow...Like a cheesy hallmark card. I like it.


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
She may want to do Africa but tell her you just want to sweep her off her feet, dazzle her on a beautiful beach and treat her to what is natural about her being a woman.

Oh for the love of god.

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
Sweep her off her feet.

You'd have to. After that stomach churning tirade she'd be running away from you as fast as she could.

QFF


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8464 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Goto Cape Town. You'll probably come accross large groups of rambunctious young Australians and New Zealanders in Fiji. Not to mention the crusted over remains of Jon Stevens career after hosting the hopeless reality TV Show "The Resort".

[Edited 2007-03-27 05:41:13]

User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1645 times:
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Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
That you want to be able to stand at the shores of the ocean and look her in the eyes and tell her that your love is deeper than the ocean and you would go to the ends of the earth for her and that her beauty goes far beyond the palm trees and the white sand and the blue waters. Sweep her off her feet.

You're so sweet, I'm getting dental cavities  duck 

Jokes besides ... it's a matter of personal preference: I'm one who would be bored to death in Fiji, I need action on a vacation (visiting cities etc), be it a honeymoon or just a regular one. Sitting on a beach relaxing? Forget it  Smile but if this is something you like, probably Fiji will be a better choice.

I would pick Cape Town...



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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5861 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
her you just want to sweep her off her feet

you don't think getting married is sweeping her off her feet?
 Yeah sure



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8602 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1638 times:
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January ? Definitely NOT Fiji then .

firstly , Australians and New Zealanders have their school holidays Dec/Jan so demand is high even though they ought to know better ( see point two )

secondly , during the Southern Summer the Pacific Islands are humid and prone to tropical storms

Not too sure on the weather in Cape Town in January , but it is a stunning city and would be my preferred choice of the two (at pretty much any time of the year )



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User currently offlineEmirates029 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1633 times:

January would be the summer in Cape Town. Cape Town all the way!

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

Go to Cape Town. The weather will be warm and nice in January, besides Fiji will be full of drunk Australians and Kiwis during that time.

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
That you want to be able to stand at the shores of the ocean and look her in the eyes and tell her that your love is deeper than the ocean and you would go to the ends of the earth for her and that her beauty goes far beyond the palm trees and the white sand and the blue waters. Sweep her off her feet.

Dude..wtf? Do you work for Hallmark?  crazy 



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 14):
Dude..wtf? Do you work for Hallmark?

Something tells me he does not.

QFF


User currently offlineANother From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

I vote for Fiji, it's where my wife and I spent our honeymoon (in August). We took the Blue Lagoon cruise - 6 days / 5 nights cruise up a small chain of islands, stopping at a different one every day. Bored? not a chance.

We loved it so much we went back for our 11th anniversary - and did the cruise again.


User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2597 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

The beaches are lovely to look at in Cape Town but the water is frigid at all times of the year, if this makes a difference to either of you.

I read this in the guidebooks. I saw it on message boards. Yet I rationalized it away ("..well the water isn't exactly warm in Southern California either...").

I was hoping beyond hope that somehow those beautiful inviting beaches were swimmable.

Nope. After several seconds in the water (foot only), I realized the only way I would get in was if I had flippers and a LOT more blubber (and this was in mid-January).

Great area to explore though!


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Nope - not Hallmark - just someone who is a romantic at heart.

Again - it depends on what your goal is. What is the purpose of your holiday? Think about that then make your decision.


Cheers!
Len



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User currently offlineJFK69 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 1419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

Thanks for all the answers, I have to sit down and discuss it with the women now.

User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1552 times:

No advice or anything, but from a woman's point of view, this:

Quoting CurtisMan (Reply 4):
azzle her on a beautiful beach and treat her to what is natural about her being a woman. That you want to be able to stand at the shores of the ocean and look her in the eyes and tell her that your love is deeper than the ocean and you would go to the ends of the earth for her and that her beauty goes far beyond the palm trees and the white sand and the blue waters. Sweep her off her feet.

 crazy  would only result in:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 8):
running away from you as fast as she could.

:D So... don't do that. Please.  Silly



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3012 posts, RR: 46
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1534 times:
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Quoting JFK69 (Reply 19):
Thanks for all the answers, I have to sit down and discuss it with the women now.

I hope the plural was a typo  Silly



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6361 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Cape Town...it is an amazing place. I absolutely love it. It really is hard to go wrong almost anywhere along the coast of South Africa...you can also split it up between Cape Town and someplace a little further east and quieter, like Arniston. Never been to Fiji though.

User currently offlineGemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5760 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Quoting ANother (Reply 16):
I vote for Fiji, it's where my wife and I spent our honeymoon (in August). We took the Blue Lagoon cruise - 6 days / 5 nights cruise up a small chain of islands, stopping at a different one every day. Bored? not a chance.
We loved it so much we went back for our 11th anniversary - and did the cruise again.

I knew there was a good reason I had you on my RU list  Smile

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
January ? Definitely NOT Fiji then .
firstly , Australians and New Zealanders have their school holidays Dec/Jan so demand is high even though they ought to know better ( see point two )

Not so much at the "honeymoon" resorts or the outer islands. Honeymooners tend not to have to worry about school holidays Smile and the outer island can get expensive for families. Avoid the NAN area however.

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 12):
secondly , during the Southern Summer the Pacific Islands are humid and prone to tropical storms

This is true, but you ARE on a tropical island and the cooling sea breeze is never very far away. At that time of year IT WILL RAIN, but rarely all day. My experience is in the outer islands of PapuaNewGuniea, but we basically just ignored the rain on most days, it would stop soon enough and you were warm and probabley in your swimmers anyway so the rain is only a minor nuisance. Some days though you WILL get a real storm, that does tend to keep you indoors, but hey its a honeymoon!

ANothers suggestion of a inter island cruise is a good one!

Gemuser



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