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The best adventure honeymoon destinations (2023)

For couples who don't want to lie on a beach the whole time, we've got some of the best adventure honeymoon destinations.
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For many couples lying in a luxury all-inclusive resort, sipping on a cocktail made of exotic fruits, watching the perfect sunset from the beach is the ultimate honeymoon dream, for others couples who want all action-packed honeymoon itinerary with bucket list adventures, we’ve got some of the best adventure honeymoon destinations below!

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Bhutan

One of the most unique adventure honeymoon destination on earth, Bhutan, is certainly a country where you can go off-grid. If you’re not inspired by the ubiquitous tropical beach honeymoon destinations, then this tiny Himalayan Kingdom may be the dream destination for you.

Why Choose Bhutan for Your Honeymoon? The answer is simple: Bhutan is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Asia. Dramatic mountain scenery, relatively untouched culture and rich history, it is something special.

Enjoy the hospitality of friendly local people, hike through lush ancient forests and marvel at the traditional Buddhist temples. The architecture is breathtakingly beautiful. A highlight is Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high at the side of a mountain. For honeymoon adventure seekers, there are plenty of outdoor adventures. Besides the epic hiking trails in places like Jigme Dorji National Park, you can go mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and horse riding.

In 2022, Bhutan re-opened the Trans Bhutan Trail after 60 years. This relatively unexplored trek is ideal for intrepid adventure honeymoon seekers who love the outdoors and really want to get off the beaten track.

The best time to visit Bhutan on an adventure honeymoon: You can visit Bhutan all year round. However, the best time to visit Bhutan is from March to May and from September to November.

How to get to Bhutan: Fly to Paro Internation Airport (airport code: PBH) near the capital Thimphu with Drukair from Singapore (SIN), Thailand’s Bangkok (BKK) and India’s Delhi (DEL) & Calcutta (CCU) and Nepal’s Kathmandu (KTM).

Where to stay in Bhutan: Six Senses and Aman have luxury lodges dotted throughout the country. G Adventures have some exciting tours, including the Trans Bhutan Trail.

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Australia

Australia truly has it all for an adventure honeymoon. Known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforest and cosmopolitan cities, for couples who want to explore the outdoors, we can’t think of a better adventure honeymoon destination.

Hire a car or a motorhome / RV or tag onto an organised tour and explore this majestic country. Learn about indigenous Aboriginal culture. Snorkel and scuba dive on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Barrier Reef. Go skydiving over Mission Bay, bungy jump in Cairns, learn to surf on Bondi Beach and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge – Australia is a true adventure seekers paradise. There is probably not much you can’t do – rock climbing, quad biking or jet skiing. You name it, Australia has it.

Of course, the beaches are iconic, so do plan some downtime to just relax and enjoy each other. Watch a romantic sunset and sip on a cocktail at one of Sydney or Melbourne’s innovative restaurant and bars.

We guarantee that an Australian adventure honeymoon will be the trip of a lifetime.

The best time to visit Australia on an adventure honeymoon: You can visit Australia all year round. However, it gets extremely hot in summer and it is the wet season in the north from December to February.

How to get to Australia: Australian cities like Sydney (airport code: SYD), Melbourne (MEL), Brisbane (BNE), Adelaide (ADL) and Perth (PER) are well connected from Asia including Singapore (SIN), Bangkok Thailand (BKK), North America including Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) & Vancouver (YVR) and the Middle EastDubai (DXB), Abu Dhabi (AUH) & Doha (DOH).

Where to stay in Australia: Australia has a wide range of accommodation, from luxury hotels to hostels. Some of our favourites include Elysian Retreat Whitsunday Islands, Blackbird Byron Bay and Longitude 131° in the Red Centre.
G Adventures has fun small group adventure trips for those short on time.

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Argentina

With stunning expansive landscapes, incredible food and wine, and vibrant cities, then look no further. Argentina awaits for an epic adventure honeymoon.

Argentina is brimming with activities for couples of all interests. Whether you are history buffs or food lovers, you won’t be disappointed! Explore the European-influenced Buenos Aires. Marvel at the Tango and eat the best steak if your life. For football / soccer lovers, La Bombonera is a must.

Outside of the capital, much adventure awaits. Go trekking on a glacier lake at Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Wonder at the snow-capped peaks of the Andes on a hike near El Chaltén. Hit the trails of the Lake District around Bariloche (and don’t forget to try the chocolate shops!). Bike around the wine region of Mendoza and take a tour of the Salinas Grandes Salt Flats (a smaller version of Bolivia’s Solar de Uyuni) near Salta. Go horse riding at a ranch in the Pampas. Don’t forget the majestic Iguazu Falls, where you can cross over into Brazil. For a truly once in a lifetime experience, cruises to Antartica sail from Ushuaia in the south.

As you can see, you may need to book an adventure anniversary trip!

The best time to visit Argentina on an adventure honeymoon: Argentina is a year-round destination depending on where you want to see. Some parts, such as Patagonia and the south of the country, experience cold temperatures during the Southern hemisphere winter, from May to September. During the southern hemisphere summer (November to February), the north is hot. The best time to visit Argentina for a honeymoon is during Spring and Autumn.

How to get to Argentina: There are direct flights to Buenos Aires (airport code: EZE) from Europe including Paris (CDG), London (LHR) and Madrid (MAD), North America including New York (JFK), Atlanta (ATL) and Miami (MIA). There are also flights from most major South American cities. Buenos Aires also has a regional airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP).

Where to stay in Argentina: We love Faena Buenos Aires, Awasi Iguazu and The Vines Resort & Spa.
G Adventures has many exciting small group adventure tours including options that including neighbouring countries like Brazil and Chile.

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South Africa

South Africa is one of our all-time favourite adventure honeymoon destinations. This spectacular country is ideal for couples wanting a diverse range of experiences.

Cape Town alone has so much to offer. From the beaches, dining, wildlife and wine region, there is no shortage of romantic experiences in and around this beautiful African city. Honeymoon adventure lovers can bike Table Mountain National Park, hike Lion’s Head, go whale watching, zip lining and cliff jumping and take a hot-air balloon ride, to name a few.

Along the famous Garden Route drive, you’ll find Tsitsikamma National Park, one of the best adventure destinations in Africa. Coastal scenery, wild rivers and lush forest await. Go scuba diving, kayaking, rafting, hiking, abseiling and mountain biking. Do a bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge – the world’s highest bridge jump.

For animal lovers, a safari will be on the top of your to-do list when visiting South Africa. Kruger National Park offers some of the best game viewing opportunities on the continent of Africa. You can also explore one of the game reserves, like Amakhala or Shamwari, in the Eastern Cape at the end of the famed Garden Route drive.

South Africa is the perfect spot for a road trip adventure honeymoon! 

The best to visit South Africa for an adventure honeymoon: You can visit South Africa all year round. However, it gets cooler during the winter from June to August around Cape Town and the Garden Route however, this is the best time to visit Kruger National Park.

How to get to South Africa: South Africa’s major cities Cape Town (airport code: CPT) and Johannesburg (JNB) are well connected to most major European cities like London (LHR), Paris (CDG) and Amsterdam (AMS) and the Middle East (Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Doha & Istanbul)

Where to stay in South Africa: One of the best things about South Africa is the wonderful choice of accommodation. We love The Silo, Mont Rochelle, Shamwari and the unique Train on the Bridge, Kruger Shalati.
G Adventures also have some wonderful tours, including options that take in neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe and the majestic Victoria Falls.  

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Costa Rica

With an abundance of diverse activities, no adventure honeymoon list would be complete without Costa Rica. This Central American paradise is full of natural beauty and thrilling escapades that honeymoon adventure seekers will love. It’s one of the best destinations for a sustainable honeymoon.

Take a tour of Tortuguero National Park where you can explore the canals by boat while keeping an eye out for sloths, monkeys and toucans. Visit Arenal Volcano National Park and soak in hot springs that overlook the volcano. Explore San Jose’s colorful cityscape filled with art galleries, museums and cultural attractions like La Paz Waterfall Gardens or Poas Volcano National Park. Get up close and personal with wildlife on a jungle safari tour through Corcovado National Park—home to over 500 species of birds. Spend a day at one of Costa Rica’s many beaches where you can relax in hammocks or go snorkeling in crystal clear water.   

With the lush landscapes and abundant wildlife, it’s easy to see why this honeymoon adventure jewel should at least make your shortlist!

The best time to visit Costa Rica for an adventure honeymoon: The best time to visit Costa Rica is during the dry season from December to April.

How to get to Costa Rica: You can fly to San Jose’s Juan Santamaria Airport (airport code: SJO) from most major American hubs like New York (EWR / JFK), Miami (MIA), Atlanta (ATL), Houston (IAH) and Orlando (MCO) and Los Angeles (LAX). You can also fly direct from Madrid (MAD) and Paris (CDG) in Europe. You can also fly from Bogota, Colombia (BOG), Panama City (PTY), Mexico (MEX) & Cancun (CUN).

Where to stay in Costa Rica: We love the Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo for a touch of luxury.
G Adventures has multiple exciting small group adventures which are also phenomenal value.

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Iceland

We love Iceland. This remote north Atlantic Nordic nation is ideal for a honeymoon with a difference. With otherworldly landscapes of snow-capped mountains and volcanoes, glaciers, and geysers, there is so much adventure to be found. In fact, it has some of the unique things to do for any honeymoon destination on earth.

In winter, one of the biggest draws is the celestial Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights. Book a tour on a super jeep to witness this magical phenomenon. Go ice caving in Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull Glacier.

During summer there is plenty to do. It barely gets dark, so the long days mean you pack is much in to the long days. Visit waterfalls such as Gullfoss or Seljalandsfoss. Go horse riding through ice fields or snorkeling between two tectonic plates in Silfra Fissure. You won’t want to miss out on outdoor adventures like snowmobiling around Langjökull glacier or whale watching around Faxaflói Bay.

There are also plenty of cultural attractions like museums and galleries for those who prefer Reykjavik’s is a cultural gem. Hallgrimskirkja church offers stunning views of Reykjavík cityscape while Perlan Museum showcases Iceland’s natural wonders under one roof with its spectacular 360-degree observation deck offering panoramic views over the city skyline. See a concert at the Harpa. Relax in the Blue Lagoon or the newer Sky Lagoon.

Iceland is one of our favourite unique honeymoon destinations.

The best time to visit Iceland for an adventure honeymoon: You can visit Iceland all year round. However, the Northern Lights are only visible from October to March.

How to get to Iceland: Icelandair connects Keflavík International Airport near Reykjavik (airport code: KEF) to most major European and North American cities.

Where to stay in Iceland: Iceland has some beautiful hotels like Reykjavik EDITION and Deplar Farm.
G Adventures also has multiple small group adventure tours to choose from.

Let us know in the comments if you’re planning an adventure honeymoon!

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