Why: About 300 islands in the South Pacific and two distinct cultures -- native Fijian and Hindu -- make up the alluring tropical nation of Fiji. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the two largest islands; many smaller islands also beckon. Known for its friendly people, lush foliage (one-third of which is endemic), and rich sea life, Fiji is the ideal destination for couples seeking castaway tranquility, an exotic culture, and unspoiled beaches.
When to go: Fiji has the best weather during its dry season (called Fiji Winter) from May to October. Rates remain the same year-round, but yearly festivals (including the Hindu Holi, or Festival of Colors, in February or March and Diwali, or the Festival of Light, in October or November) could mean exciting celebrations for your guests to experience.
Guest activities: Called the "Soft Coral Capital of the World" by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Fiji is the perfect spot for your nature-loving guests. Observe hard and soft corals, caves, grottoes, and a Carnival parade of marine life. Feed sharks, explore sunken ships and a WWII aircraft. Visit the Garden Island of Taveuni, southeast of Vanua Levu, and the Bouma National Heritage Park to stroll the Lavena Coastal Walk or take the guided Vidawa Forest Walk that endis with a natural water slide and swim in the idyllic Bouma waterfalls, which was a rainforest movie set for Return to the Blue Lagoon. Fiji also offers terrain to suit every action figure -- trek the Sigatoka sand dunes; scale the vertical face of Joske's Thumb or hike the Mt. Korobaba Range, both on Suva; tee off on palm-studded golf courses by the sea; or careen down the rock mazes of the Wainikoroiluva River on Viti Levu in a whitewater raft.
Best spots for weddings:
Sonaisali Island Resort, Nadi (Sonaisali.com)This island escape is only a three-minute boat ride from the main island of Viti Levu but you won't feel marooned! The luxury resort offers fine dining, exciting activities, and relaxing spa services. For weddings, they can't be beat. The hotel even provides Fijian flower girls and warriors in traditional costume to escort you down the aisle!