10 Amazing Adventure Honeymoon Destinations

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Bored at the idea of laying beside a pool all day? An adventure honeymoon may be just what you’re looking for. Beaches and lazy days in the sun are great, but many couples want a bit more from their once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Luckily, there are countless exciting and surprisingly accessible locations that can offer you and your new spouse an adventure to remember.

Here are 10 amazing adventure honeymoon destinations you should consider:

Cape Town, South Africa

1. Cape Town, South Africa

This buzzing, coastal city is alive with culture, great food and endless adventure opportunities. Table Mountain National Park stretches across the city, giving active couples the chance to hike and explore to their heart’s desire. Try cave diving among sharks if you’re feeling brave or enjoy a luxury safari just a short distance from the city.

2. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Known as ‘the rose of the north’, Chiang Mai is the perfect combination of culture, adventure and romance. Mae Wang National Park, just 1 hour away, is a stunning mountain setting ideal for trekking, and honeymooners will fall in love with the city’s undeniable charm.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

3. North Coast, Northern Ireland

You don’t have to travel across the globe to enjoy an amazing adventure honeymoon. Lusty Beg Island, located right here in the heart of Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, is a fantastic base for exploring all that NI has to offer, including the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, Bushmills Distillery and countless beautiful hiking areas. Stay in one of their self-catering lakeside cabins or chalets in the midst of stunning woodland for a memorable adventure holiday that you don’t have to go far to find.

4. Glenorchy, New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand is a breath-taking destination from which you can embark on a Dart River Safari and explore the home of several iconic Lord Of The Rings filming locations. Take a jet boat up the beautiful glacial river through a paradise of mountains, ancient forests and stunning wilderness for a honeymoon adventure you won’t forget.

adventure honeymoon

Machu Picchu, Peru

5. Cusco, Peru

The continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, Cusco is a city characterised by ornate cathedrals, charming cobbled streets and rich culture. It is an ideal base for exploring the world famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, regarded by many as the spiritual centre of the world. Honeymooners can hike the incredible Inca Trail Trek in 10 days and soak up the unique atmosphere of South America’s most ancient historical site.

6. Reykjavik, Iceland

The hot springs, beautiful glaciers, waterfalls and wildlife of Iceland make for an exciting honeymoon that adventurous couples will love. In the summer time, this Scandinavian island sees 24-hours of daylight, and the dark skies of winter are perfect for seeing the magical Aurora Borealis. Reykjavik’s vibrant bar and restaurant scene along with its gorgeous array of hotels and holiday homes provides a great base for exploring all that Iceland has to offer.


7. Sandakan, Borneo

The Malaysian paradise where TV series ‘Survivor’ was filmed, Borneo is an ideal destination for couples looking for something different. Discover the amazing culture of Borneo’s indigenous tribes, take a jungle trek, stay in beautiful boutique hotels, climb one of South-East Asia’s highest mountains, or spot turtles on one of many pristine beaches – the opportunities are endless.

8. Bergen, Norway

Rated the best place to live on earth, it’s no surprise that Norway is a popular honeymoon destination. When it comes to adventuring, Norway’s breath-taking fjords, quaint coastal villages and vibrant cities make for an exciting getaway. Check out the ocean wildlife, including whale a seal spotting, or pack up your tent and camp among this beautiful, expansive Scandinavian landscape.

9. Kayseri, Turkey

Cappadocia was named by the Persians as ‘the land of beautiful horses’, and travellers to this unique landscape will have the opportunity to see the wild mountain ponies that roam there. Couples can take a horseback riding adventure through deep canyons and rocky terrains, exploring remote valleys and staying in either a traditional tipi or one of many charming boutique guest houses and hotels.

Colorado, US

10. Colorado, United States

For couples who love skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowmobiling, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado is your perfect winter honeymoon location. Live the American Dream in this ideal adventure setting and get stuck into fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and river rafting in the spring/summer months.

By Abby Williams, Excalibur Press