8 Valentine’s Day Experiences for Outdoor Lovers

Embark on a romantic journey like never before. From soaring helicopter tours to heart-pounding bungee jumps, discover thrilling activities that will elevate your connection and create unforgettable moments with your partner. Perhaps you can fulfill your loved one's dreams!

Wherever you live, there’s nothing more romantic than getting outdoor Valentine's Day experiences in nature with the person you love. Thankfully, a lot of outdoor activities and ways of engaging with nature are universal, so here are our Top 8 fool-proof (non-location-specific) ideas for Valentine’s gifts…

1. Wildlife Experiences

Whale watching in Tromso
Brim Explorer

What better activity to bond over, or treat your partner to, than a wildlife experience? Whether you fancy whale watching in a colder climate, bird-watching on a hike in your local area, or heading somewhere sunny and spotting big cats, there’s nothing more fun than cozying up to your loved one on a boat, branch, or the back of a jeep and passing time watching beautiful animals or at least trying to spot them. What better gift for outdoors lovers than admiring the beauty of nature?

2. Scenic Flights

Scenic Flight In Mauritius

Take your relationship to new heights, by soaring over the sights… whether you take off from your local airfield, or are on a trip to a new destination, see places from a whole new perspective, together. We can’t think of anything more romantic than holding hands whilst you and your loved one admire the beauty of crystal clear waters like in Mauritius, or snow-topped peaks. Giving the gift of a scenic flight suggests that you see your relationship going somewhere and that you’re willing to go to the moon and back (well, not quite) for your other half.

3. Canoeing

Canoeing in the wilderness
Roberto Nickson

Paddle into the enchanting world of romance and experience the magic of a peaceful canoe journey, creating a picturesque memory together. Location is key with this sport, so try not to go anywhere too busy, for a bit of alone time. Time of day will also be key here – a sunset canoe trip could be the peak romance film activity, watching the sunset from the water and gliding along the water’s surface near the person you love.

4. Scuba Diving

Scuba diving in Réserve Cousteau, Guadeloupe
Atlantis Formation

Get ready to do scuba diving and live an extraordinary experience under the water! If you and your partner are both scuba enthusiasts and have at least Level 2 certification then this may be the greatest Valentine’s experience gift you’ll ever make. Take to the open water, gaze into each other’s eyes/masks, and take in the beauty of the sunlight hitting the waves above you, and maybe even take some cute photos with fish. Couples who have never done scuba diving can experience a first dive and spend just as well an unforgettable moment underwater.

How deep is your love?

5. Stand up Paddle

Stand up Paddle in Corfu
Dassia Ski Club

Paddleboarding is one of the unique Valentine's Day experiences that is suitable for anyone, you don't need any prior experience to do this sport! It is a peaceful sport that can be made competitive. Race across the still water and the winner chooses where to go for dinner, (or make your variation). Like kayaking/canoeing, location is key for this experience, so if you’re headed somewhere sunny soon then this would make for the perfect outdoor activity Valentine’s gift for your other half… For bonus points, do a stand-up paddle in the evening and head to a secluded beach or spot that means something to both of you.

6. Tandem Skydiving

Tandem Skydive in Portimao
Skydive Algarve

Okay, so you can’t jump at the same time – as you’ll each need to have an instructor strapped to you for your jumps, but what could be more fun than learning a new sport together?

This unique experience of going up in the same plane, holding hands to comfort each other’s excitement, and watching one another jump out into the unknown, will be memorable! A skydiving experience is the perfect adventure gift for a partner who wants to start ticking off some bucket list activities or a loved one who felt stuck in a rut recently and needs a boost of adrenaline to prove to themselves they can overcome any obstacle!

7. Hot Air Ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning
Alexander Schimmeck

Elevating your day by taking a tranquil hot air balloon journey together is certainly one of the most romantic Valentine's Day experiences. Floating above scenic vistas hand in hand – whether it be over Marrakech or Mallorca, Annecy Lake or Seville, cuddle up close and watch the cities and sights below get further and further away. An added perk of this adventure activity gift is the alone time because some locations offer private experiences where you can fly the balloon yourself (so no third-wheeling pilot has to come up with you, luckily for you, and them!)

8. Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Flight and Summit Landing Reykjavik
Nordurflug Helicopter Tours

To keep the head in the clouds, embark on an aerial love affair with a romantic helicopter tour, where you and your partner can revel in the grandeur of breathtaking landscapes from a unique perspective. Because taking your relationship to new and unknown heights is what Valentine’s is all about. Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a fast-paced adventure flight 1000ft over a location of your choice! Keep it local and head out, (and up) above your local area, or head to a destination that means something to both of you.

9. More activity ideas for Valentine's Day

If your loved one is an adrenaline junkie?

If you and your partner are fearless adventurers, these daring duo Valentine's Day experiences are designed to test your limits and create lasting memories. Discover our selection of activities that can conquer his or her heart now and forever...

Bungee Jumping from the Souleuvre Viaduct in Normandy
Skypark Normandie by AJ Hackett

Hearts can beat even faster with this activity... Experience bungee jumping with your partner. Prepare yourself for a real adrenaline rush through your body! The bungee jump will give you thrills and a feeling of freedom at the same time. Get ready for a unique experience for the special day lover.

Ready to turn your love story into a breathtaking aerial display?

…you spend Valentine’s Day without a Valentine?

paragliding Kronplatz
Christoph Niederkofler

Unfortunately, this year you'll be alone for Valentine's Day. Don't worry, Manawa has some ideas for activities you can do on your own. And who knows? Maybe you'll find your other half during an unusual activity...? We have some ideas of activities that you will enjoy, your Valentine's Day is going to be the best day you will ever have. Discover the top Valentine’s adventure activities for singles!

…you’re lucky to have Valentine’s Day experiences in Italy?

romantic kayak excursion in Venice
Cao Rio

Taking your loved one to Italy for Valentine’s Day is a pretty safe bet considering it’s one of the most romantic countries in the world. If you and your partner are more into adventures than hotels with spas, we have a nice selection of activities in Italy on Valentine’s Day.