updated 07/22/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/22/2011 AT 12:40 PM ET
Their paradise newlywed life continues.
Hot bodies on display, Lachey, 37, and Minnillo, 30, cooled off in the ocean Thursday.
“We just wanted something relaxing,” Lachey tells PEOPLE. “We weren’t necessarily able to take our dream honeymoon because of timing, but we’ll take this mini-moon and do that one later.”
The Sing-Off host is due back to work within the week, he says, so the newlyweds couldn’t take off to their dream destination, the Maldives.
But one thing Lachey isn’t complaining about: his wedding day.
“It literally took my breath away,” Lachey told PEOPLE about the moment he saw his bride, dressed in a two-piece Monique Lhuillier ensemble. “It’s a moment you fantasize about, and I was certainly not disappointed.”
Reporting by JENNIFER GARCIA
For exclusive photos of Nick and Vanessa’s wedding – and all the details of their joyful ceremony – pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday