Indian Ocean Holidays
For glistening turquoise waters and pure, untouched beaches of powder soft white sand – there’s simply no question that the Indian Ocean laps some of the most idyllic islands in the world. Blissfully romantic, and scattered like emeralds across this azure ocean, holidays to Mauritius, Seychelles holidays, Maldives holidays and holidays to Sri Lanka all boast their own alluring irresistible appeal – perfect for honeymooners, romantic couples and families looking for a wonderfully warm, tropical and exotic beachside escape and holidays to the Indian Ocean.
Reasons to visit the Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean is an area laden with romance, shimmering waters dotted with dreamy tropical islands. There are powder-soft beaches, gin-clear lagoons and blissful seclusion, all key ingredients for the perfect honeymoon for you and your loved one. There are many different honeymoon destinations across the Indian Ocean. The tiny island gems of the Maldives are often considered the ultimate for a honeymoon destination with their incredible selection of overwater bungalows, while the Seychelles adds natural drama to its tropical splendour. Both Mauritius and Réunion mix adventure with relaxation and if you're after more culture and heritage on your honeymoon, Sri Lanka is the ideal choice.
As far as beach holidays go, there are few places better than the Indian Ocean. Its islands harbour some of the finest sands and best beach resorts found anywhere in the world – all of which offer that priceless paradise quality. The Maldives is renowned for its sugar-white stretches of sand, while beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Intendance in the Seychelles are consistently voted as some of the best on the planet. Mauritius has a great selection of beach resorts both for couples and families, too.
The great thing about the islands of the Indian Ocean is that you can easily combine two or more in one holiday. The Seychelles and the Maldives are both vast archipelagos whose individual islands, especially those within the same atoll or island group, can be combined by boat or a short flight. Mauritius and Réunion also lie very close together and while a lot of people wouldn't consider the pair together in holiday, their beautiful beaches and wild interiors make for an irresistible combination.
The Indian Ocean isn't just a fantastic destination for holidays and honeymoons, it's also a place with plenty of unique features. Here are some of our favourite facts about the Indian Ocean:
- The Indian Ocean amounts to 20% of the Earth's seawater and 14% of the planet's entire surface.
- With land masses nearly on every side, it's considered a 'closed' ocean, with Africa, the Arab Peninsula, Asia and Australia all surrounding it.
- It's also home to a submerged continent, the Kerguelen Plateau, which is believed to be of volcanic origins.
- It's the youngest of the world's oceans.
- It's thought the Indian Ocean actually grows by 20cm a year!
- The deepest point of the Indian Ocean is the Sunda Trench just off the southern coast of Java in Indonesia, which is around 7.5km deep.
Whether you're a family or honeymooners, we appreciate the ease and simplicity that an all-inclusive plan can bring. Many of the resorts we feature across the Indian Ocean, including those in Mauritius, the Maldives and the Seychelles, all have an all-inclusive option. While it's a bigger upfront cost, it removes the worry of a rising food and drink tab while you're away! We don't sell hotels or resorts that only have all-inclusive packages, so if it's something you're not interested in, you still have the same great selection of places to stay.
Indian Ocean FAQ
The Indian Ocean is bound by land from nearly every angle. The Arabian Peninsula and southern Asia are the borders to the north, Southeast Asia and Australia are found to the east, the African continent and Madagascar to the west and Antarctica to the south.
The Indian Ocean is huge and, when you take a closer look, studded with many different and wonderful islands. Its most famous resident is undoubtedly the Maldives, a necklace of islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean whose palm-flecked beaches and shimmering turquoise lagoons need no introduction.
Closer to the eastern coast of the African mainland lies the Seychelles, a similarly dreamy collection of postcard-perfect islands known for their boulder-pocked beaches and pristine nature. To the east of Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world and by far the biggest in the Indian Ocean, you can find Mauritius and Réunion, both packed with excellent beaches, lush interiors and Creole culture. And who can forget Sri Lanka? Dangling off the southern tip of India, this teardrop-shaped isle is brimming with adventure, wildlife and culture.
Wherever you are in the Indian Ocean, there is bound to be magnificent marine life awaiting you. Islands like Mauritius and those found in the Maldives and the Seychelles are surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, turtles, reef sharks and rays. However, larger creatures can also be discovered beneath the surface, with the Maldives known to be one of the best places in the world for swimming with manta rays, as well as dolphins, whale sharks and even bioluminescence.
A boat trip off the west coast of Mauritius will afford sightings of bottlenose and spinner dolphins, while Réunion is also a great choice for spotting dolphins (Risso's, blower and pantropical spotted) and whales (sperm, fin and humpback). Many of the Seychelles islands are used by turtles for nesting, too.
It depends where you are, but temperatures in the Indian Ocean don't typically drop below 22°C, unless you're in the southern polar regions. It goes without saying that if you're staying on one of the islands around the tropics, like Mauritius, the Seychelles or the Maldives, you'll likely experience warmer sea temperatures than in Sri Lanka.
Again, it entirely depends on where you're visiting! For example, the best time to visit the Maldives is between October and April, while the dry season in the Seychelles is from May to October. However, we regard the pair as year-round destinations as even the 'off season' in both places can still be a great time to visit.
Like its Indian Ocean island sisters, we'd recommend visiting Mauritius at any time of year, with the peak summer season from November to April. Mauritius' near neighbour, Réunion, shares the same weather patterns.
Sri Lanka is a law unto itself, with several areas of the island experiencing different weather throughout the year entirely. We'd advise checking our main Sri Lanka page for the full breakdown of the country's climate.
Where to go in the Indian Ocean
We only work with hotels that we have visited and feel that they offer something special! Some of our favourite hotel groups have hotels in most of the Indian Ocean islands and offer stunning accommodation in some of the best locations, not forgetting impeccable service. Our long time favourites include Huvafen Fushi and Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives, The Residence in Mauritius, Constance Lémuria in the Seychelles and Ulagalla in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka.
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