Calling all soon-to-be-hitched thrill-seekers! Choosing a honeymoon destination can be daunting, especially for those who prefer excitement and adventure over lazing at an all-inclusive resort all day long.Check out these exotic options for the bold and daring couples among us. Let’s get that adrenaline pumping and start your life together on a journey unlike any other!
The Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Daring Couples
The Galápagos are a group of Islands in Ecuador that are covered in volcanoes and the most exotic wildlife and sea creatures in the world. Each island boasts a diverse landscape of its own, from black, volcanic rocks to pure-white sand beaches and topaz waters.
You and your partner can get up close and personal with gigantic sea turtles, playful sea lions, and friendly marine iguanas. Most wildlife species are unique to the Galapagos because of its remote location, making it an extra special experience!
- Hike up to the summit of Sierra Negra volcano.
- Snorkel among vibrant tropical fish in Devils’ Crown or Prince Philip's Steps.
- Check out the black lava shoreline of Puerto Egas.
- Play amongst the penguins at Tagus Cove.
- Visit El Chato Tortoise Reserve to observe the creatures in their natural habitat or Isabela Island’s Breeding Center to hold a baby tortoise egg.
- Surf in Tongo Reef or Tortuga Bay.
- Cruise from Santa Cruz to the remote islands.
- Dine with a view at San Cristobal harbour.
Best time to visit: Many tourists visit the Galapagos islands in December and January to get the most out of the sunny skies and calm waters. Although the cooler, drier season, from June to November, attracts the widest variety of marine life.
From snow-capped mountains to lush rainforests, pristine lakes and relaxing beaches; New Zealand has a range of breathtaking scenery. The remote location keeps the tourists at bay and the island’s natural beauty untouched.
Beyond the beauty of the island, you won’t have any shortage of fun with your spouse. Queenstown is dubbed the Adventure Capital of the World thanks to a wealth of extreme sports and activities.
- Skydive, parasail or bungy jump in Queenstown.
- Cruise through Milford Sound for whale watching.
- Visit the Te Anau glowworm caves.
- Abseil, canyon, or rock climb in Waitomo.
- Helicopter ride above Lake Wakatipu for scenic aerial views.
- Dolphin watch in Auckland.
- Hike the Tongariro Crossing.
- Drink Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough.
Best time to visit: Any time of year! The climate is temperate without extreme hot or cold. It is often rainy in spring and autumn which keeps everything green. Summers are meant for relaxing at the beach, while winters are for hitting the slopes.
Keep the spark alive in the Land of Fire and Ice! Iceland has become a hot spot to visit over recent years, and for obvious reasons. Desolate roads lead to dramatic lava fields, turbulent waterfalls and ice blue waters - straight from a fairytale!
As you document your trip together, we can guarantee that you won’t need a filter for these snapshots.
- Take the 160-mile long Golden Circle route and stop at the Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.
- Take a romantic soak in the the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
- Kayak through the Eastfjords along Fossardalur (Valley of the Waterfalls) and the cliffs of Berufjordur.
- Explore a lava tube in Cave Víðgelmir.
- Visit the Skaftafell ice cave on the frozen lagoon of the Svínafellsjökull glacier.
- Ooh and ahh over the Aurora Borealis.
- Seek out the black sand shores of Reynisfjara.
- Check out the vibrant street art in the colorful capital city ofReykjavík.
Best time to visit: October to April to see the Northern Lights or June-August for warmer temperatures and the best hiking conditions.
Can you imagine a more romantic experience than a trek into history at one of the Seven Wonders of the World? Machu Picchu is an old Incan citadel made up of over 3,000 stone steps and surrounded by glorious mountain ranges. At the top, you and your honey will be greeted with breathtaking views of the surrounding ancient Inca ruins. Simply put, a hiker’s picturesque paradise.
- Classic Inca trail for the iconic route of the Incans (4 days, 28 miles)
- Lares Trek for immersing yourself in Peruvian culture with the locals and spotting Andean wildlife such as parrots and foxes (4 days, 21 miles)
- Cachicata Trek for lush farmland, ancient Incan sites and stone-age petroglyphs, waterfalls, Cachicata quarry and burial houses (4 days, 15 miles)
- Huchuy Qosqo Trek for sweeping valley views, snow-capped peaks, and subtropical cloud forest (3 days, 11 miles)
- Salkantay Trek for subtropical farms and the summer residence of the Incan emperor (5 days, 34 miles)
- Vilcabamba Trek for snow-capped peaks, subtropical cloud forest, stone paths of the ancient Inca highway (6 days, 37.5 miles)
- Inca Jungle Trek for downhill cycling, zip-lining and river rafting (4 days)
- Visit Machu Picchu’s sister city, Choquequirao (The Cradle of Gold).
Best time to visit: April to May or September to October. The warmest weather is from November to March but it is also rainy season. Busy season is June to August when the trails are crowded with tourists.
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