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Off the grid (almost) honeymoon, Ninamu, French Polynesia

People have quite high expectations for their honeymoon. It has to be romantic and somewhere special where you normally wouldn’t go to. Most importantly, both of the halves should be entertained.

After some contemplation, this place for us was to be Tahiti, or more specifically a tiny little island called Ninamu in Tikehau.

On the world map it looks like something like that:

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And if you zoom out, you get something like that:

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Hence my point being, that it really is tiny. The attraction of Ninamu was obviously the remoteness, but also the fact that a lot of the activities on the island were included in the price of the stay. There was sailing, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, visit to the Eden island to dive for pearls, swims with mantra rays and dolphins. Ninamu itself has quite a unique vibe, with only six bungalows it’s Chris and his wife Greta who run the place with a couple of local guys Kaina and Noah and Cedric, all the way from France. My favourites where the two pit bulls that live on the island – Chop Chop and Astro. They loved lounging about on the beach and eating coconuts and sometimes chasing the little harmless black tip reef sharks that we ended up naming as “pet sharks” as they’d always hang about near the island. Here’s a little video of our stay.

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Zanzibar – Seaweed Centre

In a relatively small village of Paje, next to emerald sea and annoyingly pure white sand, there is the Seaweed Center, where local women have been trained to produce soaps, creams and body scrub out of their local seaweed, which can be planted and collected when the tide is low. All 100% natural, with beeswax, lemongrass and other pleasant ingredients complimenting the seaweed.

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‘Tok-tok’ is the usual familiar sound one hears when visiting the beaches of Israel. It’s Matkot – a game where two players hit a rubber ball with wooden rackets as many times as possible without dropping it. When you’re local, you’re probably used to it. When you’re not a local, you look for nice and quiet ‘tok-tok’-less beaches. Beit Yanai, north from Tel Aviv, is the place to go. Peaceful, absolutely gorgeous beach for collecting seashells and munching some aubergine with tahini and seafood at their cosy beach restaurant.

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Best of Israel II

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Best of Israel I

What I like the most about Israel, is the falafel. It’s juicy, just the right size and it’s green inside. The best falafels I tasted can be found at Jaffa Port in a restaurant called ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Even better is a falafel at midnight in a kebabs no, with tahini, spicy sauce in a pita bread with a huge selection of salads. Ina city called Akko, a man has managed to make a big name for himself as the best falafel maker in the whole country. Ask for Falafel Arfa when there and you’ll be guided at the right direction by all the locals.

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Here’s a little falafel guide.

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