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8 places to visit in the Indian Ocean

January 12, 2019

If you’re looking for the perfect destinations to visit in the Indian Ocean, look no further. We’ve listed down 8 of our favorite holiday getaways, all which we’re sure you’ll love too. From a detailed look into Sri Lanka and the Seychelles, to a brief overview of our other selected destinations, her’s our top 8 places to visit in the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka

The most populous of all islands in the Indian Ocean, this ancient place formerly known as Ceylon is home to more than you may know. An island so small yet overflowing with history and culture, Sri Lanka is a destination with spectacular coastlines, colonial towns, national parks, and temples, with a history that dates back to more than 3,500 years ago.

Sri Lanka offers tourists an adventure full of activities and tours. Visit a Tea empire in Nuwara Eliya, or climb Sigiriya. Eat all the seafood you could imagine combined with the very best flavors and spices of the Sri Lankan cuisine, or simply relax on the beach of Arugam Bay. With plenty to do, see, and eat, Sri Lanka is perfect for travellers looking to discover a destination brimming with culture and history, yet still provides the everyday holiday essentials and experiences.

The best way to get around Sri Lanka is by railroad with their hill railways being an absolute highlight to guests. For those that enjoy the water, discover untouched islands as you enjoy island hopping, or sit in awe as you go whale watching and get to experience close encounters with the world’s biggest mammals. The Yala National Park is another must visit and is home to a leopard sanctuary where the big cats thrive in territories.

For the small country that it is, Sri Lanka’s weather can be rather complicated. Being affected by two monsoons, it’s wise to carefully select what time of the year you plan to visit. Rain in the west and southwest coast can be expected during April/May to September with April to June being the wettest, while the east coast normally experiences rain between November to March with November to December being the wettest. Depending on your route, the best time to visit the west and south coasts of Sri Lanka is between December to March, and April/May to September provide the best weather in the east.

Seychelles

Sandy beaches, palm trees and pretty towns, the Seychelles is the perfect honeymoon retreat. Indulge yourself in the luxuries of the Seychelles all while enjoying the full package holiday.

Home to picture-perfect sceneries, luxury retreats, and such a wide diversity of cultural experience, the Seychelles is a getaway you’ll never want to leave. The archipelago that makes up the country of the Seychelles is combined of 115 islands and is situated off the east coast of Africa. Offering sunny tropical vibes, the warm welcomes, and smiles of the Seychellois community, and a whole selection of luxury resorts, it’s here you’ll find your serendipity as you sit back, relax, unwind, and let the peaceful environment do the rest.

Witness giant tortoises, enormous coconuts, and tropical rainforests with various treks for the adventurous one. Get lost in a tropical paradise overflowing with fauna and every shade of green before retreating to witness mesmerizing sunsets from one of the many beautiful beaches.

The Seychelles is a place for one to truly sit back and relax. With bicycles or golf buggy’s being the main mode of transport, exploring the in’s and outs of the Seychelles is a treat as you peacefully bike through the streets. While there are no large hotels, there are plenty of luxury hideouts for couples, and a good selection of budget-friendly accommodation for the individual traveller or groups of friends.

With plenty to see and do, visiting the Seychelles is the perfect way of experiencing your own paradise getaway. Home to friendly faces, history, culture, delicious food, and their must-visit beaches, it’s here you’ll meet find the perfect holiday which you’ll never want to leave.  

Mauritius

Located between the Seychelles, Madagascar, and Reunion, tropical Mauritius is one of the most culturally diverse island destinations in the Indian Ocean. Known for its stunning beaches, lagoons, and reefs, the island overflows with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails, wildlife, and the Black River Gorges National Park.

The Maldives

The unique country of the Maldives is home to some of the most pristine beaches and corals in the world. Consisting of 26 coral atolls and 1,192 islands, the Maldives offers luxurious holiday getaways with private island resorts, world-class diving sites, and breathtaking sceneries.

Zanzibar

A semi-autonomous region of Tanzania, Zanzibar is 25–50 kilometers off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba Island. Offering everything from cultural diversity, history, delicious food, and great beach getaways, Zanzibar isn’t to be missed.  

Madagascar

Home to a plethora of truly unique animals, and the fourth largest island in the entire world, Madagascar’s ecology and biodiversity are a major tourist attraction. The ideal place to witness animals in their natural habitat, Madagascar is perfect for those looking for a safari escape.

Mozambique

A southern African nation, Mozambique offers a long Indian Ocean coastline dotted with popular beaches and offshore marine parks. Famously known for it 250 km of coral islands, quality fresh seafood, and fantastic artwork, Mozambique is an excellent choice for those looking to discover somewhere new.

Comoros

Comoros can be found off the coast of East Africa and is a tropical charm. The beautiful nation consists of four main islands, Grand Comore, Moheli and Anjouan, and Mayotte. The mini towns are perfect for exploring while a tour to the crater of the massive Karthala volcano isn’t something you’ll want to miss.

 

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