12 alternative activities in traditional honeymoon hotspots

12 alternative activities in traditional honeymoon hotspots

If you're tempted by white sand and blue sea but want something different to do, here are 12 exciting alternative activities to spice up a picture-perfect honeymoon

The Bahamas

1. Catch your own supper

What could be more romantic than learning how to catch your own supper? Take a boat out over the salt-water flats of Nassau and Paradise Island to discover the art of fly fishing. Master bonefish angler Simon Bain can teach you how.

 

2. Tunnels of love

The Bahamas have more than just surface appeal; explore the depths of the country, literally, with a visit to Lucayan National Park. Stroll along isolated trails to a limestone plateau where you'll find countless caves leading to the largest underwater cave system in the world. Hang onto each other in the mangrove paths and soak up the view when you reach the beautiful Gold Rock Beach.

 

3. Get your adrenaline pumping by learning to kite surf

Take in the beautiful beaches from above and when it all gets too much, the warm blue sea is below to catch you. Build up your appetites for a romantic evening meal and take a lesson from Exuma Kitesurfing.

Maldives

4. Ride the waves on a surf safari

Surf's up for water babies; see the Maldives from the back of your board on a safari of the islands' best waves. There are boats for all budgets, from floating paradise to more value-vessels. ClearWater has some good listings, including ones where you can just go along for the ride and work on your tan, or get underwater with some diving or snorkelling.

 

5. Visit the Sultan's Palace

Trace the Maldives back in time together as you peruse the brilliant collection of objects belonging to the Sultans at the National Museum. Located in the capital of Malé, this makes for a perfect cultural afternoon. The Maldives Tourism website has more information. 

Barbados

6. If the way to your heart is by your stomach…

If you're drawn by the cuisine of Barbados then learn how to recreate the romance of your honeymoon at home with a cooking class. The wealth of fish available, particularly the sought after flying fish, make for an exciting culinary adventure. Sweet Potatoes restaurant offers a day cookery class or, for the very keen, book yourselves onto a Culinary Tour with Caribbean Culinary Tours.

 

7. Get festive

Dozens of festivals and events take place in Barbados throughout the year. Make it a trip to remember with music and culture taking centre stage. From the Holetown Festival celebrating the founding of Barbados in 1627 to the Caribbean Film Tales Festival promoting Caribbean-made movies, there's something for everyone. The Barbados Guide has a helpful list of the country's cultural calendar. 

 

8. Raise a glass with the tipple of choice

Travel back in time together to discover the secrets behind the making of Barbados's tipple of choice - rum. Several distilleries offer tours and at the 300 hundred-year-old Mount Gay distillery you begin your journey in a lush tropical garden. Sample the rums and test each other on how well you can detect their subtle nuances.

Thailand

9. A bicycle tour for two

Discover the hidden delights of Bangkok on two wheels as you take a cycle tour of the city or the surrounding area. You'll take in some of the most magnificent sights and meet the locals as you wend your way through this bustling metropolis.

 

10. Take an enchanting star-lit paddle

Navigate the Phang Nga river in Phuket by starlight on a kayak trip. Explore limestone caves called Hongs (only accessible by kayak), then paddle off for a swim, while the sun sets. Enjoy a sumptuous meal of Thai seafood before experiencing the magic of the Hongs in starlight and silence. John Gray's Hong by Starlight offers the ultimate tour.

Mexico

11. Float through the gardens of Xochimilco

These brightly coloured floating gardens cover a vast network of waterways south of Mexico City and date back to the Aztec times. Join in the fun and climb aboard one of the traditional boats called trajineras and sample the delicious fare from one of the kayaking vendors. You can even hire a mariachi band for a personal performance to celebrate your marriage. For a wealth of information, visit Planeta.

 

12. Marvel at ancient must-sees

For lovers of intrigue and history, a visit to one of Mexico's many archaeological sites is a must. Maya and Aztec legacies left their mark on this country and you can experience the marvels yourselves with a private guide to make the most of this awe-inspiring experience. For a round up of Mexico's Maya secrets, Journey Latin America are the experts.

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