11 adventure vacations for couples

While some couples equate tropical beaches with paradise, others prefer something a little more adrenaline-pumping. If adventure is your thing, consider one of these action-packed destinations for your next romantic getaway
Climbing team struggle to the summit of a challenging rock mountain.
Climbing team struggle to the summit of a challenging rock mountain. Photo: Greg Epperson/Shutterstock

Traversing the Cinque Terre (Italy)

Just outside Florence is a Unesco World Heritage Site that's perfect for rugged adventure-lovers on holiday. (Does it get any more romantic than Tuscany?) The Cinque Terre, which literally translates to 'The Five Lands', is a web of five villages that intertwine along the coast in an explosion of vibrant-coloured architecture and stunning seaside cliffs. Hiking one of its many trails on foot is among Italy's most popular attractions. Explore the Cinque Terre with Insight Guides' From Venice to Florence trip

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (West Coast of the United States)

This trail was made famous by the book-turned-hit movie Wild. But while the story's protagonist was on a solo journey, many couples take to the PCT together. The long-distance trail is known for its jaw-dropping views, challenging terrain, and unmatched access to the majestic Sierra Nevada.

Cycling alongside the Mediterranean

Couples who cycle together can add a romantic element by taking their bikes on an awe-inspiring trek. The EuroVelo EV8 route runs directly alongside the glittery, aqua-colored waters of the Mediterranean. Spanning all the way from Barcelona to Cyprus, the route mixes a high-intensity workout with some of the most dazzling sights in Europe.

Manarola village at sunset. Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria Italy. Photo: Sorin Colac/ShutterstockCycle through Manarola village at sunset on the EuroVelo 8 route. Photo: Shutterstock 


Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

Dive into the deep, azure waters of the Coral Sea to discover one of the world's most exotic wonders—the Great Barrier Reef. Spanning a whopping 2,300 kilometres, the reef is brimming with colourful, exotic sea life. Exploring it is nothing short of a heart-pumping adventure.

Bungee jumping from Kawarau Bridge (Queenstown, New Zealand)

For thrill-seeking couples, nothing spells adventure quite like a tandem bungee jump over the Kawarau River. This famed jump point also boasts water touches – after you make the 43-metre leap, of course. 

White shark cage diving (Isla Guadalupe, Mexico)

Couples who really thrive on excitement might enjoy this heart-pumping getaway. Descend into the depths of the Pacific to get up close and personal with white sharks in their natural environment, If you dare! Experience Mexico's Pacific Coast with Insight Guides' Baja trip.

Rock Climbing at Joshua Tree National Park (California)

For some nature-lovers, indoor rock climbing just doesn't cut it. To experience the sport in all its glory, head to Joshua Tree. Rock-climbers flock to the park's hundreds of climbing formations to take in panoramic views and unspoilt terrain.

Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. Commercial Bungy Jumping was born here in 1988 and every year tens of thousands make the 43 meter jump. Photo: Nicram Sabod/ShutterstockFall 43 metres on the Kawarau Bridge Bungee Jump. Photo: Shutterstock 

A Walking Tour of Mount Sinai (Egypt)

History buffs who are also looking for some thrills might enjoy an on-foot journey on Mount Sinai. The three-hour climb to the summit ends above the clouds with magnificent vistas like no other.

Camping in the trees (Germany)

Privacy takes on new meaning at Waldseilgarten, where couples can literally spend the night suspended in the treetops. This unique spin on camping dials up the romance with unmatched sunsets and the chance to really feel alone with nature.

Seeking adventure on the high seas (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Sailing enthusiasts can turn their next adventure into a dreamy getaway. Take to the Caribbean, coasting above translucent, emerald waters and untouched white sands. Novice couples can also make a trip of learning the art of sailing in this paradise.

Braving an African Safari (Namibia)

You can't get much closer to wildlife than by going on safari. Off-road exploring in Namibia opens the door for one-on-one encounters with rhinos, elephants and more. For couples looking for something a little tamer, the country also offers luxury safaris.

Safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia. Photo:  EcoPrint/Shutterstock

Experience the wildlife in Etosha National Park in Namibia. Photo: Shutterstock

This article was originally published on December 7, 2015.