Arguably one of the most beautiful locations in the world, it’s no wonder holidays to the Indian Ocean have increased in popularity over the years.
If lounging on the beach all day is your thing, or feasting on heaped plates of sumptuous cuisine, you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere more ideal than the Indian Ocean.
We’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 amazing destinations in the Indian Ocean to help kick start your next getaway!
Paradisiac down to the last grain of sand, the Maldives is perfect for an all-inclusive holiday. Comprised by several serene atolls, you can expect to find countless luxury hotels, pristine beaches and an unparalleled hospitality in this island country.
Watersports enthusiasts will also relish the many opportunities the Maldives provides to go snorkelling and diving, in calm waters that house some of the world’s most exotic sea life.
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Over the years, Sri Lanka has grown in popularity with tourists all over the world – and it’s not difficult to see why. Endless beaches, fragrant cuisine and multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites all contribute to the charm which Sri Lanka exudes.
With more than 2,000 years of rich history on offer, you can spend your days in Sri Lanka exploring ancient temples, drinking fragrant tea grown locally and, soaking up the sun on miles of glorious beach. Bliss.
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Java is a diverse landscape, home to Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, as well as active volcanoes and ancient temples – perfect if you’re after a once in a lifetime cultural experience.
Spend your days lounging on the warm beaches of Pangandaran, exploring the breathtaking Buddhist temple of Borobudur. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, pay a visit to Krakatau – the world’s most aggressive volcano!
If your idea of the perfect holiday consists of lounging on champagne pink coloured sands, feasting on delicious cuisine and surrounding yourself with miles of tropical rainforest, look no further than the Seychelles.
Home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, where the emphasis is on creature comforts, you won’t struggle to find the perfect accommodation during your holiday.
Away from the luxurious resorts, the Seychelles boasts miles of rainforest which beg to be explored, and house all manner of rare and astonishing birds and wildlife.
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Nature lovers are sure to savour a holiday to Mauritius. A treasure trove of calm waters, tropical landscapes and rare wildlife, Mauritius is the perfect holiday destination whether you’re travelling as a couple or with the kids.
Keep an eye out for some of the Indian Ocean’s most elusive birds, including the pink pigeon and Mauritian kestrel, as well as pods of dolphins and roaming giant tortoises; if you’re lucky, you might even be able to see them hatch!
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There’s nowhere else in the world quite like Madagascar. From its towering baobab trees to the rice fields which dot the island, once you set foot in Madagascar you won’t forget it in a hurry.
When you’re not exploring national parks home to many rare varieties of flora and fauna, you could be drinking up the local culture in Antananarivo, famous for its shopping and eating. Of course, if you prefer the slower pace of life, Madagascar boasts some of the world’s finest beaches, making for the perfect sunbathing session.
Think of Zanzibar and calm waters, fine weather and fresh spices spring to mind. Perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, there’s little not to love on this beautiful island.
If you can tear yourself away from Zanzibar’s velvety beaches, you’ll be pleased to know that the island is a hub of watersports activities. Whether you fancy deep sea fishing, snorkelling or windsurfing, you can do so surrounded by some of world’s finest vistas.
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