Honeymoon Ideas for Adventure Travellers
One of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is getting to plan your holiday afterwards. A honeymoon is the ultimate excuse to tick a destination off your bucket list and spend some quality time with your partner after the big day. So if you’re struggling to decide where to go for your post-wedding getaway, here’s our pick of honeymoon ideas designed to suit adventure travellers.
Adventure Honeymoon Ideas
If you and your partner are the type that easily get bored of lying on the beach, then an adventure honeymoon should be right up your street. Take a look at these destinations to give you a little more inspiration.
Set around 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are home to some of the most spectacular and unique scenery on Earth. Featuring volcanic beaches, fascinating lava and rock formations and stunning coastlines, this archipelago offers excellent hiking and caving. Spend your honeymoon on a cruise, stopping to swim, kayak or scuba dive and come face to face with the islands' famously fearless wildlife, including giant manta rays, sea lions and harmless white-tipped sharks.
If you’re looking to get off the beaten track for your honeymoon, Mozambique should be on your travel radar. Newlyweds can enjoy adventure activities such as hiking, paragliding, surfing and snorkelling, or island hop aboard a traditional dhow sailing boat. The Bazaruto Archipelago boasts some of the world's best diving, with dolphins, whales, dugongs and turtles all spotted within their turquoise blue waters. And if you’re looking for more wildlife encounters, Kruger National Park is just over the border in South Africa.
The world’s third largest island, Borneo is an eco-tourism paradise and an isle packed with adventure. Discover beautiful UNESCO-listed caves, explore jungle trails and cruise along rivers in search of Borneo’s incredible wildlife. Spot magnificent orangutans in the wild or in a sanctuary and hike Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in Malaysia. You’ll also find many unique rainforest lodges and resorts, so you can enjoy a surprising taste of luxury on your once-in-a-lifetime adventure honeymoon.
If your dream honeymoon involves a safari, there could be no better destination than Tanzania. Home to the endless plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, this East African nation boasts some of the great wildlife viewing on the planet. Search for the Big Five or time your visit with the Great Migration to see thousands of wildebeest arrive from the Masai Mara. For an extra special experience, opt for a sunrise hot air balloon ride and enjoy a bird’s eye view with a glass of champagne.
Beach and Adventure Honeymoon Ideas
Offering the best of both worlds, these honeymoon destinations not only give you stunning beaches and plenty of sunshine, but a wealth of cultural sights and activities. There’s high-end accommodation if that’s what you’re after, so following sightseeing or lounging on the beach you can enjoy a little luxury back at your hotel.
Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Start your honeymoon in the Teardrop Isle of Sri Lanka, where you can soak up the sights of the famous Cultural Triangle. Discover the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya, the temple ruins of Polonnaruwa and beautiful hill country, before a short flight to the Maldives. With their pristine white sands, turquoise blue seas and palm-fringed shores, these islands are the definition of paradise. So you can sink your toes in the sand and relax after all the excitement of your wedding day.
A popular honeymoon destination, Thailand is famous for its jungle-clad islands and beautiful beaches. But before you settle down to sunbathe, there’s plenty of sights to see in this captivating country. From the street markets and temples of Bangkok to the hill tribes of Chiang Rai and the UNESCO listed ancient ruins of Sukothai, Thailand has much to offer. Then when it’s time to hit the sand, you have the islands of Koh Samui and Phuket, the dramatic coast of Krabi and plenty more top beaches to choose from.
Thanks to its vast size and diverse array of attractions, India could keep honeymooners entertained for weeks. Start your holiday with a visit to the Taj Mahal, known as the world’s greatest monument to love, then discover the rest of the Golden Triangle. You and your partner could also take a cruise along the backwaters of Kerala, or visit Varanasi and witness the sunrise over the Holy Ganges. The options really are endless, but be sure to top off your trip with some time on Goa’s beautiful beaches.
Mini-moons are fast becoming a popular option. Perfect for if you’re short on time, have a small budget or are looking to go away for just a few days to save up for a longer honeymoon in the future. So if a mini-moon is what you’re after, take a look at the following recommendations.
Spend your mini-moon discovering the stunning Santorini, believed to be one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Pretty whitewashed towns rest along dramatic cliffs, with luxury accommodation offering plunging infinity pools and stunning ocean views. Dine on candle-lit terraces and watch as the sky transforms to create one of the island’s world-famous sunsets. And head inland to visit Santorini’s volcanic vineyards, where you can enjoy fantastic wine tastings.
A city like no other in Italy, or even in the world, Venice is a sight everyone must experience at least once in their lifetime. Wander with your partner around its beautiful streets or cruise amongst the famous waterways on an iconic gondola. Few other European destinations are as romantic. And as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Venice is rich in museums and incredible architecture, so by far the best thing to do is get lost and soak up the sights of this timeless floating city.
Whilst many would traditionally head to Portugal’s stunning beaches following their wedding, Lisbon is fast growing in popularity as a mini-moon getaway. Seven hillsides overlook the city centre, each presenting wonderful sunset views. Then down amongst the cobblestone streets, you’ll find stunning architecture and an excellent dining scene, where you can indulge in incredible seafood and world-class wine. The surrounding coastline also offers plenty of gorgeous beaches.
A city that needs little introduction, Paris has much to offer mini-mooners. If its sightseeing you’re after, you have the iconic Eiffel Tower, gothic Notre Dame Cathedral and the beautiful Sacre Coeur, to name just a few. But the capital of France is also packed with lesser-known gems, including hidden wine cellars, secret bars and underground catacombs. Explore by day, then in the evening choose from one of the many candlelit restaurants and enjoy a romantic stroll along the River Seine.
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