After many months of wedding planning, you deserve your honeymoon. All some people want to do is chill out on a beach somewhere hot, sip on cocktails and be waited on hand and foot. Others need a bit of adrenaline pumping through their veins, and a relaxing beach holiday is just not going to cut it. Here, we look at some locations that will really get the blood racing through your veins – from Moroccan desert treks to swimming with sharks in Australia.
Swim with sharks in Australia
Visit Fiji, Mexico, Thailand and various other places around the world, and you can get up close and personal to these incredible creatures. However, more often than not, this is not done in a sustainable fashion, putting both the environment and the sharks themselves at risk. Fear not, however, as at the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia you can swim with sharks, knowing that you are doing it safely and not harming them. It is one of the most pristine and intact coral reefs left in the world and is carefully regulated by the government to ensure it stays that way. It is remote and quiet, giving you the chance to experience this extraordinary landscape at it’s very best. Time it right, and you may even be able to swim in the middle of a humpback whale migration!
Trek through the desert in Morocco
Put down the phones, let go of the home comforts and go totally off-grid on a Moroccan desert trek. Despite being a popular tourist location, much of the Sahara desert remains untapped by tourists and visitors, allowing you to feel completely connected with both your loved one and the environment you are surrounded by. As well as the traditional camel rides, many camps offer buggy rides and even dune surfing, if you are looking for something a little more fast-paced.
Hike or bike through the Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands aren’t given enough credit as a honeymoon destination. It might lack the glorious sunshine and golden beaches of other locations, but if you want something more than lounging on a beach, you will fall in love with the raw beauty of this area. From challenging climbs and descents to make your heart race, whiskey distilleries aplenty, it is not hard to get caught up in the romance of this rugged and weatherbeaten location
Trek through an African jungle
It is about as far from chilling on the beach as you can get, but if you are looking to create the memories of a lifetime, you can’t get much better! Pay a visit to the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, where experienced guides can lead you through the humid and dense jungles filled with wildlife, and rewarding you with a face to face encounter with endangered African gorillas. Make sure you look for a company that offers sustainable tours.
Jump off a building in Kuala Lumpur
There is so much more to a city break than shopping and restaurants, especially in the city of Kuala Lumpur. We guarantee that you will fall in love with this modern metropolis – a real melting pot of culture. You never know – you could find yourself looking at Kuala Lumpur property prices! If you are a real adrenaline junkie and have experience in base jumping, you can launch yourself off the top of the Kuala Lumpur towers. This certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted at a whopping 1099 feet high! If you want to see the city from above, but without the jumping, climb to the top of Broga Hill, in Semenyih. This takes you 1300 feet above sea level, rewarding you with some incredible views.
Wade through ancient caves in Belize
From high up to down low – couples seeking adventure will love walking through the Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan cave in Western Belize. It is thought to be the portal between the living and the dead, getting you up close and personal to ancient Mayan artifacts and skeletons.
Ice climb in Iceland
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice and is the perfect honeymoon spot for any thrill seeker. It boasts some of the biggest glaciers in Europe and some of the most active volcanoes in the world. There are plenty of geothermal pools, icy glaciers, waterfalls and lava fields, all ready to be explored with an experienced tour guide.
Swim in the Devil’s Pool in Zambia
Located at the edge of the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls, this natural pool will make your heart pound like no other before. Between August and January every year, this infinity pool pulls you towards the very edge of the falls, which are 355 feet high. The rock walls keep you from going over the edge. If you want something even more terrifying, you can try your hand at bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls bridge, which is one of the highest bungee jumps in the world. It allows you to freefall for around four seconds in front of the falls – the largest in the world!
White water raft in Sri Lanka
Between December and May, you can experience some of the best rapids in the world on the Kelani Ganga river in Sri Lanka which has become a bit of a mecca for white water enthusiasts. The river roars out of the hills, creating some incredible and thrilling grade five rapids. If you want to try out some more towering waves, head to Arugam Bay, which is thought to be one of the best places in the world for surfing.
Visit the world-famous Machu Picchu
Last, but certainly not least, what about a trip up to the Machu Picchu, in Peru? This Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains continues to reveal many secrets about the Incan way of life. You will need to hike through the Inca trail in Sacred Valley for around four days through some pretty harsh conditions to get to it, but once you are there, you are rewarded with some of the most spectacular views on the planet.
What are your top destinations for an adventure packed honeymoon?