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The Best Honeymoon Destinations in August

It’s the height of summer in the UK and one of the most popular times to have a wedding. While it’s also the school holidays and you might have visions of family-filled resorts, that’s not always the case. There are plenty of hotels aimed at couples and there’ll be no shortage of places to relax in a peaceful environment, no matter where you go on your honeymoon in August.

It is the perfect time for a honeymoon in the South Pacific, with The Islands of Tahiti and Fiji looking their sunny best. If tropical seclusion is what you’re after, then the Indian Ocean is another brilliant choice for an August honeymoon, with the bonus of it being whale shark season only adding to the exotic allure of the Seychelles and Mauritius.

In Asia, the dry season makes Borneo’s jungles and wildlife-filled wilderness at its most accessible, while central Vietnam offers charming history and valuable beach time. In Australia, the crayon-coloured splendour of Ningaloo Reef in the west and the jungles and headlining wonder of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland are ideal at this time of year.

Elsewhere, New York City is gorgeous in the summertime, while whale sharks also frequent the waters off the coast of Mexico’s Riviera Maya. If you fancy going on safari, then Botswana and Kenya are in their prime and Zanzibar offers the perfect relaxing escape afterwards!

Destinations

The Best Places to Honeymoon in August

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Impossibly lush and fringed by slender strips of white sand, Mauritius is an island that looks like it has been ripped straight from a postcard. There’s so much to do here: hiking, cultural tours, adrenaline-charged activities, snorkelling and diving and so much more. Plus, you need to make sure you find time to relax, too! Mauritius is a place you could easily spend a fortnight on and every day be different. It’s a honeymoon destination in August that has everything.

Why visit in August?

  • Mauritius welcomes dry and cool weather during its wintertime but don’t worry, the temperatures are still hot enough for chilling on the beach.
  • Even though it’s the school holidays, it’s considered the low season in Mauritius so it will be quieter on the island.
  • It’s prime humpback whale-spotting season along the west coast of Mauritius, so you can see these in August along with sperm whales, which can be spotted year-round.

More about honeymooning in Mauritius.

South Pacific

The Islands of Tahiti

Just uttering the name The Islands of Tahiti transports you to land of emerald-wrapped islands, impossibly blue lagoons and a kind of rustic exoticism you will struggle to find anywhere else. The fact these dreamy isles are in the middle of the South Pacific with nothing else around for hundreds of miles only adds to the allure and, in many ways, it’s the ultimate place for a honeymoon in August. In Tahiti, you’re guaranteed to get away from it all.

Why visit in August?

  • August is during Tahiti’s dry season, so get ready to enjoy warm weather and cloudless skies.
  • The islands welcome the south-easterly mara’amu winds, which helps regulate the warm temperatures, keeping them pleasant but not too hot!
  • It’s one of the best months for spotting humpback whales, which arrive from Antarctica between July and October.

More about honeymooning in The Islands of Tahiti.

Africa

Kenya

If you’re after a slice of authentic Africa for your honeymoon in August, then Kenya offers it in spades. An acacia tree standing lonely in the terracotta-coloured African savannah? Check. Game being chased at breakneck speed by a big cat? Check. The Great Migration, possibly the world’s finest wildlife experience? Check. Kenya has it all and a honeymoon here will leave your hearts full and your memory bank fuller.

Why visit in August?

  • August is one of Kenya’s dry seasons, so you’ll be blessed with warm and dry weather.
  • The dry weather also means that wildlife is easier to spot, as they won’t be sheltering from the rain.
  • It’s the best time for the Great Migration! It’s a wildlife spectacle not to be missed, as over a million wildebeest charge from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara.

More about honeymooning in Kenya.

Australasia

Australia

Australia is so big that it can be difficult to know where to begin. Most of the time though, every region has its own microclimate, so different places have their best weather at different times. In August, Western Australia and Queensland are exceptional and adventure awaits on your honeymoon, whether it’s in an Outback station in the Kimberley, a rainforest retreat in Daintree Rainforest or swimming with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef. To finish, you can hide away on an island in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef!

Why visit in August?

  • There’s very little rain and temperatures aren’t too hot, making them comfortable enough for being outside exploring.
  • It’s the best time for spotting magnificent marine life at Ningaloo Reef, including whale sharks (which you can swim with) and humpback whales.
  • The currents around the Great Barrier Reef are gentler at this time of year, which makes it a great time for snorkelling.

More about honeymooning in Australia.

USA

New York City

Stunning architecture, blocks upon blocks of superb shops and restaurants and its fair share of world-famous icons, there’s nothing that New York City doesn’t have. For a honeymoon destination in August, there’s plenty of romantic moments you can share together: that first glimpse of the Big Apple in its entirety from atop the Empire State Building, sharing a quiet patch of grass in Central Park or enjoying a show together on Broadway. It’s a city unlike no other.

Why visit in August?

  • New York City is at its sunniest, with warm weather and clear, blue skies.
  • There’s plenty of festivals and outdoor concerts which really bring New York City to life and give it a brilliant summer vibe.
  • Central Park is looking green and gorgeous and is the perfect sun-soaked sanctuary in which to escape the city buzz.

More about honeymooning in New York City.

Asia

Vietnam

A thin, long country, Vietnam is packed with diversity. There’s jaw-dropping limestone karsts, tropical islands, Vespa-crammed cities and quaint time-honoured charm, all of which are found from top to toe in this fascinating country. This wealth of experiences makes it ideal for a honeymoon in August, where every day reveals itself as another unforgettable adventure. The landscapes will make your eyes pop out of your sockets, while Vietnam’s people will warm your soul.

Why visit in August?

  • Despite the northern and southern tips of the country having rainy periods, Central Vietnam is dry and sunny.
  • If you’re not hopping about Vietnam as much, you can really get under the skin of Hoi An, an atmosphere town that feels frozen in time.
  • You don’t just have to stay in Hoi An while you’re in Vietnam, there’s the beautiful beaches of Ninh Van Bay – or you can combine it with another country.

More about honeymooning in Vietnam.

Africa

Botswana

A stunning patchwork of wildernesses, Botswana is great if you want a honeymoon on the wild side. The watery world of the Okavango Delta is the headlining act, a place where a cruise in a mokoro (dug-out canoe) can take you nose-to-trunk with elephants and over 500 species of birds, as well as others. The glistening white of the Makgadikgadi Salt Plans is an otherworldly place that looks like the surface of the Moon, while the Big Five call Chobe National Park home – just another of Botswana’s wildlife wonders.

Why visit in August?

  • Despite it being Botswana’s winter, temperatures are pleasantly mild and there’s clear skies.
  • You can observe Botswana’s landscapes spectacularly changing colour, drying from a lush green to a khaki brown colour.
  • Floodwaters from Angola start to fill up empty streams and lakes, attracting thirsty wildlife to the waterholes. This leads to some excellent game viewing!

More about honeymooning in Botswana.

South Pacific

Fiji

With unbelievably exotic landscapes and charming and friendly local life, Fiji ticks a lot of the boxes when it comes to the ideal location for a honeymoon in August. Every one of its island clusters are different as well, from the ancient culture you can still find in the Yasawas, the Robinson Crusoe lookalikes of the Mamanucas and the emerald beauty of Taveuni. We’d encourage hopping between a few if you have the time for a more complete picture of Fiji and an incredible honeymoon that will stay with you for the rest of your life!

Why visit in August?

  • It’s winter in Fiji, which is characterised by warm weather, little rainfall and low humidity.
  • Fiji’s lagoons at their clearest, so it’s ideal for snorkellers and divers looking to explore the crayon-coloured coral.
  • It’s prime manta ray season in the Yasawa Islands, where they head to feast on the abundant plankton.

More about honeymooning in Fiji.

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

The Seychelles was once described by General Charles Gordon as the original Garden of Eden while exploring the archipelago in the 19th century. This just gives you a sense of what the Seychelles is like, a collection of granite and coral islands that all feel gloriously untouched, offering that rich slice of isolation a honeymoon deserves. If General Gordon were to visit the Seychelles today, he’d likely find they haven’t changed too much.

Why visit in August?

  • The Seychelles is in its dry season so days are warm without being too hot and, more importantly, dry.
  • This cooler weather in comparison with the hot and wet rainy season makes it ideal for exploring the islands’ jungle interiors and relaxing on their powder-soft beaches.
  • Seychellois wildlife comes alive in August! Whale sharks can be spotted off the coast of Mahé and it’s also peak nesting season for many of its seabirds.

More about honeymooning in the Seychelles.

Caribbean

Riviera Maya, Mexico

A beautiful coastal corridor that is oozing with wonders, Mexico’s Riviera Maya is an excellent choice for a honeymoon in August. Much quieter than its neighbour to the north, Cancún, there are long stretches of prime powder-soft beach lapped by crystal-clear waters harbouring kaleidoscopic clusters of coral. Head inland and you’re in Maya territory, with crumbling pyramids slowly being reclaimed by nature and the majestic Chichén Itzá the most famous of them all.

Why visit in August?

  • Even though it’s the rainy season, you can still enjoy plenty of sunshine and rain-free days.
  • It’s technically the hurricane season, but it’s extremely rare for the Riviera Maya to be affected. Instead, you can find great value travelling at this time of year.
  • It’s one of the best times for spotting whale sharks and dolphins off its coastline.

More about honeymooning in Riviera Maya.

Asia

Borneo

An island that is iconic for being one of the last refuges of the orangutan, Borneo is a place that conjures visions of thick jungle wilderness bursting with wildlife you can’t spot anywhere else on the planet. If you’re looking for an animal-filled honeymoon in somewhere that doesn’t look quite like anywhere else on Earth, then Borneo is it. Spot proboscis monkeys in the trees while walking in the Danum Valley, spy pygmy elephants strolling along the banks of the Kinabatangan River and relax on a tropical island off the north coast. Epic!

Why visit in August?

  • August lies within Borneo’s dry season, so you won’t experience the long showers which characterise the monsoon season.
  • It’s fruiting season, so wildlife such as the silvered leaf langur and proboscis monkey will be out eating in the trees and easier to spot.
  • The dry weather is preferred by orangutans (who doesn’t?!) and are far more likely to be spotted in the tree canopies instead of sheltering from the rain.

More about honeymooning in Borneo.

Africa

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago that seems to have forgotten by the gods of time, a collection of islands which seem to be stuck in a period that has long been lost. But that makes Zanzibar such a cool place for an August honeymoon, where the simple life rules supreme: driftwood-speckled beaches, snorkel-worthy cerulean lagoons, smiling locals, billowing sails and ancient history. You really can just kick back and relax here and just watch the world go by.

Why visit in August?

  • August is within Zanzibar’s dry season, so you’ll be treated to sunny and dry days.
  • The waters are calm so if you’re keen on snorkelling or diving, this is the time for you.
  • August is also the best time for a safari on mainland Tanzania or in Kenya, so you can easily twin one of them with Zanzibar for a beach escape.

More about honeymooning in Zanzibar.

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Our Top August Honeymoon Resorts

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