Many couples think of their honeymoon as a time for relaxation after the chaos of planning a wedding. But not everyone dreams of spending a week on the beach in Mexico after their nuptials. Some couples want to start their lives together by embarking on an epic adventure that allows them to mark something big off the bucket list. If you and your new spouse are adventure lovers, these 8 exciting and daring honeymoon ideas are the perfect choice for the trip of a lifetime.
8 Climb To The Skylodge, Peru
Peru is already an offbeat choice for a honeymoon; it doesn’t boast sandy beaches and blue waters for a vacation. Instead, Peru is a traveler’s destination with rich cultural experiences, challenging hiking trails, and one of the best national cuisines in the world.
Increase the adventure level in your Peruvian honeymoon by booking a night or two at the Skylodge Adventure Suites.
Located in the Sacred Valley in Cuzco, the Skylodge is a cliff-side accommodation option that requires guests to climb to their capsules. However, the view is a worthwhile reward for this harrowing experience.
7 Travel The Mekong Delta, Laos
The Mekong Delta is roughly 2700 miles long and winds its way through many Southeast Asia countries, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Couples seeking a unique cruise option that is far from luxurious can travel from Northern Thailand to Laos via the Mekong River.
It’s common to take a slow boat from Huay-Xai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos. The journey takes about two days and offers travelers a chance to see parts of Laos that are virtually untouched by tourism.
6 Extreme Sports In Queenstown, New Zealand
Newlyweds who thrive on adrenaline rushes should head to New Zealand for their honeymoon. However, instead of renting a camper van and driving the North or South Island, as many travelers do, thrill-seekers will want to base themselves in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital.
Queenstown is located at the southern end of the South Island and is the premier destination for bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, and whitewater rafting. Literally, jump into your new life together with one of these pulse-pumping activities that will have you and your beloved clinging to each other.
5 Summit Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Couples who love adventure and physical challenges can head to southeast Africa for their honeymoon and trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The tallest freestanding mountain in the world, the peak of Kilimanjaro, sits at 5895 meters above sea level.
Summiting Kilimanjaro is challenging, but it’s an unforgettable adventure that will bond newlyweds for a lifetime. Couples will need to support each other through the toughest parts of the multi-day trek and celebrate their success together when they reach the peak.
4 Stay At An Eco-Lodge In The Amazon, Peru
The Amazon Rainforest is an exotic destination for a honeymoon and staying in an eco-lodge means a couple immerses themselves in all the wildlife thriving there. Snakes, spiders, ants, piranhas, and more inhabit the trees and waters of the Amazon, so it will keep you on your toes.
An eco-lodge experience means taking guided tours on the Amazon River and walking through the rainforest to gain an appreciation of the biodiverse ecosystems in a safe and sustainable way. At night, you can cozy up together in your lodge and let the sounds of the rainforest lull you to sleep.
3 Cruise To Antarctica
For a truly adventurous couple, scratching off another continent on their travel map might be the ultimate honeymoon goal. This is by no means a budget excursion with prices for a cruise to Antarctica running anywhere from $6,000 to $25,000 per person, depending on the length of the trip and what’s included in the tour. It’s a pretty penny, but it’s worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of stepping foot on the icebergs at the bottom of the world.
Most cruises to Antarctica depart from the southern tip of Argentina in the town of Ushuaia. However, some cruises to the Ross Sea leave from New Zealand, Australia, or South Africa.
2 Visit Mount Yasur, Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a relatively untraveled island nation in South Pacific that is waiting to be discovered by those looking to get off the beaten path. The island of Tanna is the best choice for adventure because of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on the island with frequent explosions that are visible from a distance.
Even though it’s active, the volcano is accessible to tourists who hop on a guided tour. The tours take couples to the perimeter of Mount Yasur, wearing protective gear to watch the orange lava bubbling inside. Not for the faint of heart, this excursion is sure to give newlyweds an adrenaline rush. However, travelers should partake at their own risk and only with a professional tour guide.
1 Descend Inside A Volcano, Iceland
Driving the Icelandic ring road is the perfect honeymoon for adventure seekers because of the unique landscapes and experiences the Land of Fire and Ice offers. Couples can swim between two tectonic plates at Silfra Fissure or walk inside ice caves at Langjökull.
The biggest thrill in Iceland, though, is undoubtedly descending into Þríhnúkagígur Volcano. Þríhnúkagígur is a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted in 4,000 years, making it safe to explore the solidified magma chamber as part of a guided tour.