When most people hear the word honeymoon, they don’t immediately think of adventure. Most people immediately think of spa hotels and desert islands, with a week spent little other than eating, drinking and sunbathing. But, for some couples, a relaxing honeymoon doesn’t sound like their idea of bliss at all. If the two of you are thrill seekers, then an adventure honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to create unforgettable memories with the one you love.
Going somewhere entirely new and trying crazy things you’ve never done before that is a great way to kick off a marriage. After all, marriage is going to be a pretty wild ride and will take you into brave new worlds, so an adventure honeymoon will help make sure the two of you are ready to take it on, as the ultimate team!
And, if you’d like a bit of both, the good news is that you don’t actually have to choose just one kind of honeymoon. Below we’ve listed 5 honeymoon destinations that are perfect for those who want to feel the adrenaline pumping but are also ideal for a honeymoon with adventure and relaxation combined. Read on for a list of cool honeymoon ideas and discover the perfect adventurous romantic getaways for you and your new spouse.
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: perfect for an adventure and beach honeymoon
Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, is the main thing that draws adventure-lovers to Tenerife. This volcano last erupted in 1909, making it dormant, not extinct. Why not make spending the night in a refuge on top of a dormant volcano and watching the sunrise from its peak in the morning the highlight of your honeymoon?
There’s a cable car to take you up or down the mountain, but if you love a challenge almost as much as you love your new husband or wife, then why not do it all on foot?
If that’s not enough excitement for one trip, then you’ll be glad to know that a Spain honeymoon spent on the island of Tenerife means you can try your hand at all kinds of watersports.
And, when you’ve run out of energy, you can take a break from your adventure honeymoon and relax and unwind on the beach, or beside the pool at your adults-only hotel.
Mauritius: one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations
Mauritius has a reputation for drawing couples who are after the best beach honeymoon spots, but you might not have realised that it’s just as perfect for those who want to combine an adventure honeymoon with a bit of R&R.
Have you ever wanted to try kite surfing? This is the perfect spot to take a lesson and see which of you masters this thrilling sport the quickest!
Mauritius also boasts some of the world’s best diving through coral reefs, perfect for everyone from beginners to experts.
Bonito, Brazil: one of the best different honeymoon destinations
Bonito is a tiny town right in the heart of the South American continent that’s long been a favourite with Brazilians but is as yet largely undiscovered by international tourists, meaning that, during the low season, you’ll have a lot of the incredible natural tourist attractions around here entirely to yourself.
If you’re looking for adventurous honeymoon destinations, Bonito’s crystal-clear rivers mean you can go white-water rafting, tubing, diving, and waterfall jumping. You might even yourself snorkelling alongside an anaconda, or abseiling into a mind-blowing cave, and then snorkelling in its waters to get a glimpse of the incredible rock formations below.
From Bonito, why not fly or drive down to the legendary Iguazu falls, and take a boat ride to get up close to the incredible power of the water.
Guatemala: the queen of active honeymoon destinations
Guatemala is an adventure-lovers dream come true, and one of the best active honeymoon destinations out there. It’s got everything from ancient Mayan ruins to incredible rock formations, dense jungle, and volcano-ringed lakes. The people are enchanting, and the history is fascinating.
Tours to the region’s active volcanoes leave from the charming city of Antigua, and you could even spend the night on the summit of one of them, watching the incredible light show created by the bubbling lava.
Scottish Highlands, Scotland: adventurous honeymoon ideas closer to home
The good news for those who don’t fancy going so far afield is that you don’t have to fly halfway across the globe to enjoy an adventure honeymoon.
Sure, the weather can’t be trusted, but as long as you’re prepared for the odd rain shower, then there’s adventure aplenty to be had in Scotland. Explore it under your own steam by taking a bike tour across the Scottish Highlands.
There are plenty of tour companies that will organise your trip, transporting your bags from one place to the next, so you’re able to freewheel around the place without being weighed down.
Throw in a few watersports on the incredible lakes in the area or go wild swimming, try your hand at canyoning or white-water rafting, and even hold your husband or wife’s hand whilst you bungee jump.
Reward yourselves with stays in luxury hotels, and treat yourself to as much tea, shortbread and whiskey as you can handle, and you’ll be talking about your awesome honeymoon for years to come.
H2: If you’re going on an adventure honeymoon, make sure you do it at the right time
If you’ve got big plans to visit exciting honeymoon destinations, it might not be the best idea to rush off straight after the wedding. Weddings can be draining, and you’ll want to be feeling your best to enjoy your active honeymoon.
Plus, bear in mind that with all the wedding planning you’ll be doing, you won’t have large amounts of time available to plan the perfect adventure honeymoon.
If you’re desperate to get away immediately, why not go on a minimoon to combat those post-wedding blues and then take the ultimate exotic honeymoon further down the line once both you and your finances have recovered?
Whatever you decide to do and wherever you decide to go, if you focus on really soaking up every single minute spent with your new partner in life and crime, then you’re sure to have an amazing honeymoon.