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Honeymooning with friends – it’s a thing!

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Flight Centre, where honeymooners and their closest companions explore exotic destinations and share once-in-a-lifetime experiences together.

A hot air balloon ride with falcons in Dubai’s desert? Nighttime volcano trekking in Bali?

A new trend is emerging where honeymooners bring their best friends along for the ride. This is not limited to traditional weddings but also extends post-weddings, as a natural progression of the destination wedding. It’s an unforgettable experience when your best friends join in on the fun during your honeymoon.

So, if you’re planning a destination wedding or you would like to bring your friends and family with you, you’re probably still deciding on the ‘where’ and the ‘what.’

Here are eight unforgettable destinations, which have been included as the hottest destinations for 2024 in Flight Centre South Africa’s whitepaper, “South Africa’s Year in Travel 2023”. Each destination offers a unique and exciting experience that is definitely worth exploring.


Best time to go: May – December

Mauritius – every South African’s favourite Indian Ocean Island (it’s visa-free, after all). Where you can sip mojitos on the beach day in and day out at your peaceful adults-only resort, work on your tan, and eat way too much food (and way too many coconuts). But did you know you can also go underwater waterfall snorkelling? Or, at least, you’ll think that’s what you’re doing. Near the southwestern tip of the island, near Le Morne Brabant, is a mind-bending optical illusion created by the movement of sand and silt under the ocean currents, giving the appearance of a waterfall under the ocean. Just because it’s a trick of the mind doesn’t make exploring these waters any less magical!

Expert tip: Make the most of your post-wedding nuptials in Mauritius by sailing back home to Cape Town on a cruise. Perfect for you as the newlyweds and your closest friends. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn will sail from Port Louis, Mauritius, to Cape Town on a 12-day journey on 5 January 2025, stopping at various amazing ports, such as Maputo, Mozambique, and Richards Bay.


Best time to go: November – March

In Dubai, you can haggle through bustling souks and conquer the dunes on a safari at sunset. But for a real ‘pinch me’ moment, imagine soaring over the expansive desert in a hot air balloon at sunrise, with a twist – flying with falcons. Yes, you heard right. With these powerful birds accompanying your ride, you can take hot air ballooning to new heights and enjoy a traditional Emirati falconry experience high above the sands. The early wake-up call will be so worth it!


Best time to go: November – April

Ahhh, Phuket. Where most honeymooners and groups of friends choose to spend their days lounging on the sand and their nights partying until dawn, but have you ever considered jumping off a platform in the middle of the jungle?

“Welcome to jungle bungee jumping in Kathu, where you can take the leap surrounded by greenery and a sparkling lagoon below. Once you’ve braved the bungee, you can brag about it over some spicy Thai street food or while exploring the island’s serene temples,” advises Flight Centre South Africa’s General Manager, Antoinette Turner.


Best time to go: September – April

Fine wine, great food, and even better company—Stellenbosch always goes down a treat when you’re visiting with friends. If you’re looking for something more unique than traditional wine tastings, consider one of the town’s many wine pairing experiences.

“Delheim Wines does a tantalising fynbos cupcake and wine pairing, including honeybush, rooibos, and buchu cupcakes and plenty of the estate’s finest wines, from Pinotage to Chardonnay Sur Lie.”

Jeanneret Momberg, CEO of Visit Stellenbosch


Best time to go: April – October

Bali’s another go-to for beach bums, but if the sunshine alone isn’t enough to excite you and your friends. If you’re looking for a unique adventure, consider nighttime volcano trekking. Imagine trekking under the stars, feeling the cool night air as you make your way up Mount Batur. The promise of a breathtaking sunrise at the summit awaits you, creating an experience that pits you against the elements in the most surreal way. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will leave you feeling invigorated.


Best time to go: September – November and April – June

It’s the city of love, lights, and… lurking spirits. While most tourists are sipping wine by the Seine or admiring the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you and your friends can rendezvous with the mysterious instead. Descend into the Paris Catacombs for a night tour, where history and spookiness intertwine in the underground labyrinth of skulls and bones.

“It’s a chilling yet utterly fascinating journey through the city’s hidden underbelly, far from the glitz of its boulevards.  And once you resurface, the contrasting charm of Paris by night, with its cosy bistros and twinkling streets, will seem even more enchanting,” comments Flight Centre South Africa’s General Manager, Antoinette Turner


Best time to go: Year-round

Seychelles is a scattered necklace of islands in the Indian Ocean, famous for its postcard-perfect beaches. The most memorable experience for your honeymoon and your nearest and dearest travelling with you? Hiring a private yacht to explore the islands! It’s the ultimate group travel experience where the cost gets more wallet-friendly with every buddy on board. Christine Vel, Director for Africa at Tourism Seychelles, puts it best:

“In Seychelles, every island has its own personality and is worth exploring. Yachting here is the ultimate luxury, made even more memorable with friends.”


Best time to go: September – November and April – June

It’s all about romance, history, and winding waterways in Venice, Europe’s ‘floating city.’ While you can’t go wrong with a guided stroll through winding streets, uncovering hidden gems and tales that only Venice can tell, no visit to the floating city is complete without a serenaded gondola ride. Glide under bridges and alongside historic buildings, all while being serenaded by local musicians.

So, whether you’re Bali-bound or setting off to Stellenbosch, pack your bags, grab your besties, and make it a time together to remember. The only thing more beautiful than the views and more memorable than the experiences will be the bonds you strengthen along the way.

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