Adventure sports - get up and go on your honeymoon
When the high intensity of wedding preparations, nervous anticipation and hectic planning have come to an end, the calm after the (hopefully beautiful and oh-so worth it!) storm can be quite unnerving. While many couples want nothing more then to escape to a deserted beach or hideaway for a couple of weeks, others prefer to hold on to the high and pump the post-wedding adrenaline into a more extreme escapade.
Adventure honeymoons are increasingly popular among newlyweds - and if you and your spouse decide to begin your marriage with a big ol' adventure, there are tons of incredible locations that won't disappoint.
Hawaii is really popular as a honeymoon destination and has been for years. But behind the postcard-pretty beaches and blue seas lies a different type of romantic adventure. At the side of the Haleakalã volcano you'll find the longest downhill bike tour experience in the world - a breathtaking 6,000-foot plunge. For free-spiriters, many cycling companies there (such as the Haleakala Bike Co) offer you the chance to ride the route at your own pace, so you and your new spouse can have an intimate adventure. Begin the day sharing an amazing sunrise on the mountain known as "The House of Sun" and end with a spa experience at one of the many luxury hotels on the island, covering miles of breathtaking Hawaiian terrain in between.
Adventure honeymoons don’t all have to be about hard graft and rough‘n’tumble. For adventure seekers who want to intimacy and seclusion, Fiji offers the perfect combination. Its crystal clear waters, famous for the most colorful coral and diverse sea life in the world, are the perfect place to dive, scuba, snorkel and frolic while feeling miles away from the real world! Water temperatures make it ideal for year-round diving, with clear visibility ensuring your honeymoon snaps will be exquisite. For an even more romantic underwater adventure, try a night dive, followed by some star-gazing on one of Fiji's secluded beaches. Adventurous and relaxing!
For a cultural experience that still oozes romance, make for Peru and one of the many Inca Trails leading to the magnificent Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Arriving at the breathtaking Andean setting as newlyweds and embarking on a mind-blowing two- to five-day trail will be unforgettable - a memory you'll share forever. Stay in one of the amazing hotels within the Inca city itself, like The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge or the gorgeous Inkaterra.
A honeymoon safari will not only be one of the most memorable and surprisingly romantic trips you will ever take in your life, it also ticks one off bucket list. From Zanzibar to Mozambique, Africa is full of safari companies offering brilliant honeymoon packages that see you frolicking with the world’s most amazing animals by day and dining in the desert by candlelight at night. Many safaris offer private vehicles with a personal driver. Accommodation is secluded and luxurious and the earthly experience leaves you connected like never before. For great packages check out Sabi Sabi's safari programmes or luxury safaris with Mahlatini.
A classic Caribbean cruise is all well and good, but for those looking for a sea adventure with an icy twist, a glacier cruise is just the ticket. This weeklong voyage usually begins in Vancouver, sailing north along the Alaskan coast and ending in Anchorage. Along each mile you and your other half will take in stunning scenery and wildlife, pristine mountains and, of course, magnificent glaciers. May temperatures average at 61 degrees so the cold won't be too extreme, and the ships themselves boast restaurants, pools and spa facilities. There are many variations available from a range of different companies. Princess Cruises does a special honeymoon package that will have you pampered royally and dining in bliss.
Wherever you end up, don't forget your honeymoon to-do list - and remember, this is the best chance you'll get to chill out and recharge after the fuss of your wedding, so turn off your cell at every available opportunity!