Some couples don’t abide by the standard images of a honeymoon. While spending all day sitting on a beach somewhere is all fine and well, more adventurous couples seek something a bit more daring for their honeymoons. If you crave adrenaline and your spouse does too, your honeymoon destination doesn’t have to one big snooze. You have to find destinations that speak to your thrill seeking hearts. Luckily, we have come up with some of the most adventurous, heart racing and unique honeymoon destinations for the thrill seeking couple.
Landlocked Zambia might have you thinking there isn’t much to do here. However, the country wows with all the natural adventure that it contains, especially Victoria Falls. The world’s largest waterfall, measuring 354 feet and dropping into a mile long gorge sits partially on Zambia land. Aside from the falls, Zambia boasts mostly remote wilderness, untamed and filled with great wildlife diversity. Its lack of crowds call for a more adventurous spirit, proving ideal for couples seeking a few thrills.
Bungee Jump off Victoria Falls Bridge
Adventure activities abound in Zambia beginning with bungee jumping off Victoria Falls Bridge. Considered one of the highest bungee jumps in the world, couples can plummet 111 meters toward the Zambezi River. The colonial-era bridge marks the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. For four seconds of free fall, you will be right in front of the largest curtain of falling water in the world. Several companies offer the chance to bungee jump in such an iconic location like Shearwater Victoria Falls and Zambezi Safaris for $160 per jump.
Swim in the Devil’s Pool
The adventure doesn’t end with bungee jumping. Post jump, you can also take advantage of several other heart-racing activities like swimming in the Devil’s Pool. Located at the edge of Victoria Falls on the Zambia side, each year a natural infinity pool forms from mid-August to mid-January. While you must make a rocky walk and swim in the Zambezi River to reach Devil’s Pool, once you do, your heart will race as the water pulls you to the edge. The natural rock walls keep you from being carried away, but the pool still sends hearts racing.
Zipline Across the Batoka Gorge
Called the Bridge Slide, many couples select to zip line across the Batoka Gorge to round out their thrill seeking activities in Zambia. The zip line glides 300 meters from the Zambia side to the Zimbabwe side. It is possible to go solo or with someone, but most likely, you’ll want to go together to appreciate the views of Victoria Falls.
Where To Stay
Even adrenaline junkie couples need a bit of a breather on their honeymoons. The perfect spot to rest up is the luxury safari resort Tongabezi. Right on the banks of the Zambezi River, Tongabezi is just a quick drive from Victoria Falls. Post bungee jumping, swimming on the edge of Victoria Falls or zip lining, you can rest up in one of the resort’s cottages and houses that all boast their own terraces overlooking the river. In addition to private terraces, you’ll also get to take advantage of plunge pools, plush beds, and valet service.
Adventurous couples often find Iceland to be just their cup of tea. The otherworldly country boasts some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Called the land of fire and ice, Iceland’s natural wonders make it an easy choice for thrill seekers. Nature has gifted Iceland with lava fields, geothermal pools, icy glaciers and waterfalls to explore on a number of tours and activities. The great diversity of Iceland’s landscape overflows with opportunities to feel that rush of adrenaline, all while viewing some out-of-this-world settings.
Dive or Snorkel in the Silfra Fissure
Iceland affords the opportunity for honeymooning couples to dive or snorkel where two continental plates meet, the American and Eurasian continents. Located at the rift between the two, the Silfra Fissure is the only place in the world where you can dive between two continents. The freshwater fissure is also home to some of the clearest water in the world with visibility stretching over 100 meters.
Ice Climbing on the Sólheimajökull Glacier
Located on the south coast of Iceland, couples can experience the sensation of walking on ice at the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Home to a unique terrain with crevasse, sink holes and ice ridges, a number of tour companies make it possible to walk across the glacier and even ice climb on an ice wall.
Where To Stay
Iceland’s wealth of adventure pursuits will require a nice place to rest up at night. The ION Luxury Adventure Hotel provides just that, less than an hour from Reykjavik. The boutique hotel sits against a dramatic backdrop of mountainous lava fields. Its luxurious deluxe rooms provide a fine honeymoon escape with Icelandic design and floor to ceiling windows. The property also features an on-site spa, restaurant, and award-winning bar. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is also focused heavily on facilitating adventure, as its title would imply. Couples can go directly through the property to book their heart racing excursions in the country.
You better Belize it. Squished in between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a treasure trove of natural wonders. You can hike rainforest mountains, scuba dive with sharks and scale Maya ruins, all in the same day. For thrill seekers, Belize doesn’t disappoint, especially if you are a couple that loves to dive. The country not only claims the second largest barrier reef in the world but also some of the best diving on the planet.
Wade Through An Ancient Maya Cave
In Belize, adventure-loving couples can enter Actun Tunichil Muknal, also known as ATM, with a licensed guide. The ancient Maya cave sits in Western Belize. It acted as a portal between the living and the dead for the Mayans. Today, couples can hike, wade and swim through the Mayan sacrificial site. Not only will you be right up close and personal with ancient Maya artifacts but you can also see skeletons and burial sites used by the Maya.
Zip Line the Longest Course in Belize
Zip line fans can’t pass up the chance to fly along the longest course in the country. Located in the Mayflower Bocawina National Forest, the course measures 2.5 miles and stretches across 12 platforms. Its longest single run measures an impressive 2,300 feet. Not only can you partake in day zip line tours but you can also zip line at night on one of the nighttime tours. The park is also worth exploring as it is home to five different waterfalls and unexcavated Mayan ruins.
Dive the Great Blue Hole
For most adventurous couples, you come to Belize to dive. The most famous natural wonder in Belize, the great Blue Hole, is one of the top scuba diving spots in the world. Measuring 1,000 feet across and 412 feet deep, taking a dive in the Blue Hole is one of those quintessential Belize experiences. Essentially a sinkhole, the Blue Hole sits in the middle of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Where To Stay
Post diving, zip lining and sifting through Maya artifacts, couples will want a little privacy and relaxation time in their accommodations. Cayo Espanto is one of the best spots in Belize to kick up your feet after a long day of adventuring. A short boat trip from San Pedro, Cayo Espanto boasts 7 villas spread out on their own stretches of island paradise. You can enjoy your privacy and also sea views from every villa. You can also arrive at Cayo Espanto with an adventurous spirit by touching down on its very own helipad.
Buddhist temples, palm fringed beaches, UNESCO World Heritage sites and a lush jungle make up the postcard perfect image of Sri Lanka. The island has become an exemplary southeast Asian holiday hotspot, thanks in part to its deep blue sea and sunshine. To the surprise of some, Sri Lanka is also a haven for adrenaline seekers, a place where you can white water raft, surf, dive and even trek through tea trails. Thanks to its pure makeup and diversity of landscapes, thrill-seeking couples won’t be hard press to find adventure in Sri Lanka’s great outdoors.
White Water Rafting in Kitugala
Known for its moderate to grade 5 rapids, Kitugala sits just 80 kilometers from Colombo. From December through May, you can experience some of the best rapids on the island. Kitugala has become a white water rafting mecca as the Kelani Ganga river roars out of the hill country to create some challenging and thrilling rapids.
Surfing Arugam Bay
If your thrill-seeking heart tends to beat a little bit faster for large waves, look no further than Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka. Located on the east coast of the island, the bay is known internationally as one of the best places in the world to surf. Honeymooners taking their post-wedding trip from May through November will find the best waves during this time. Most of the waves at Arugam Bay travel all the way from Antarctica.
Where To Stay
When you need an escape from the heart pumping white water rapids of Sri Lanka or its large waves on Arugam Bay, Ani Villas Sri Lanka answers. Located on the central south coast of Sri Lanka, the oceanfront estate provides two main villas outfitted with several rooms for honeymoon stays. In addition to luxury rooms, couples can enjoy wellness areas, an outdoor tennis court, waterslides, butler service and daily gourmet meals at Ani Villas Sri Lanka.
South Africa is the stuff of dream honeymoons. The place of natural beauty and wildlife affords couples countless game reserves, vineyards, mountains and beaches all in one honeymoon destination. You don’t have to settle for one type of honeymoon in South Africa. You can have a little bit of both from modern city escapes to dream safari trips. South Africa is also a country of great adventure, where thrill seekers can dive with great white sharks or bungee jump off some of the highest perches in the world.
Bungee off of Bloukrans Bridge
Couples who can’t get enough of bungee jumping probably have the Bloukrans Bridge Bungee on their bucket list. The world’s third highest bungee jump (and the highest from a commercial bridge) plummets adrenaline seekers some 216 meters. Run by Face Adrenalin, the experience attracts adventure junkies from all around the world.
Cage Diving With Ferocious Creatures
South Africa has become known as a destination where you can cave dive with some of the most feared creatures on earth. A number of commercialized tours offer the chance to cage dive with the often-feared great white sharks. If sharks aren’t your thing, it is also possible to go crocodile cage diving. Only offered in South Africa, you can cage dive with crocs at Cango Ranch in Oudsthoorn in the Western Cape. The 4 meter long crocodiles view humans as prey making for a truly stomach churning, heart racing honeymoon activity.
Where To Stay
South Africa lends a wealth of luxury accommodations, perfect for relaxing after cage diving with sharks or skydiving. Singita Lebombo Lodge is just one of those options, located in Kruger National Park. After a one-hour flight from Johannesburg, you can arrive at Singita Lebombo Lodge, one of the finest safari lodges in South Africa. The 15 loft style suites provide guests with floor to ceiling windows to appreciate the 33,000-acre area. The lodge can also arrange for adventurous activities like Land Rover safaris, mountain bike treks, and bush hikes.
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