Do you dream of soft, white sand and warm ocean waters? Then why not plan your next getaway to one of the many paradise islands in the Indian Ocean. With one of the best climates in the world and almost year-round sunshine, the region is the perfect place to spend a holiday. Whether you are travelling with that special someone in your life, a group of friends, or as a family with young children, there is something to suit everyone. From the pristine beaches of the Seychelles to the luxury hotels of the Maldives and the fascinating culture and family resorts of Mauritius, you are sure to find what you’re looking for in the Indian Ocean.
A dream destination for families and young couples alike, Mauritius is a small island that lies just to the east of Madagascar. Its shores are lined with top-quality resorts and secluded beaches, meaning there is something to be found for all kinds of travellers. Kick things off in the sleepy capital of Port Louis. Here you can learn a little about the history of Mauritius at the Blue Penny Museum, or visit the Natural History Museum at which you can see skeletons of the legendary dodo, which once called the island home.
Next, it’s time to hit the beach. The most popular destination for tourists is the town of Grand Baie on the north coast of the island. This is where you’ll find a plethora all-inclusive resorts and a well-equipped town with all manner of shops, restaurants, and bars to keep you entertained on holiday. There’s also Trou aux Biches, which is close to Grand Baie and offers a similar atmosphere, with plenty of resorts and restaurants. If you are looking to get involved in some water sports like jet skiing and yachting, this is the perfect place to give it a go.
Get off the beaten track in Mauritius and explore the inland region, where you can find all manner of hiking trails and beautiful nature just waiting to be discovered. The largest park in the island is the Black River Gorges National Park, which offers countless trails that wind through the dense jungle and up the hillsides to give spectacular views of the island. Keep your eyes out for monkeys in this area, and make sure to visit a waterfall or two to cool off after a long day of hiking.
The Beauty of Seychelles
The Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean made up of 115 islands each with its own unique character. This is a popular destination for honeymooners, with some of the best and most romantic resorts in the world on offer. If you are looking for your own secluded beach, gorgeous terraces with sunset views, and top-class spas with indulgent treatments, then the Seychelles could be just the place for you.
Kick back and relax at some of the Indian Ocean’s most exclusive beach bars, or simply sip on fresh coconut juice at the beach. Take a dip in the pool or explore the shallows with a snorkel mask on to discover the coral reefs and tropical fish lying just beneath the surface. The choice is yours in the Seychelles, but you’ll find it impossible to resist the laid-back way of life in these paradise islands.
When choosing an island to stay on, make sure to do your research beforehand. There are three main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, as well as countless others that house everything from private resorts to beach villas and bungalows for rental. Mahé is the largest island in the archipelago, and it is also where you’ll find the world’s smallest capital city: Victoria. It also boasts a diverse offering, with a mountain range, marine parks, and plenty of excellent beaches and resorts for you to relax at. Praslin is similar to Mahé, only much less busy, with only 6000 inhabitants. This means you will find more untouched beaches and some spectacular coral reefs with a multitude of colourful fish swimming around them. You can reach La Digue by ferry from Mahé, and it is well known for its cycling trails. Rent out bikes for the whole family and set out on an exploration of the island’s many paradise coves and quiet beaches, with plenty of places along the way to stop off and take in the views.
Get to know the many islands of the Maldives on a family holiday or romantic getaway with your partner. This archipelago is made up of over 1000 tiny islands; it is the world’s flattest country, with its highest point measuring up at just 2.4m above sea level. These islands are particularly well known for their luxurious resorts, with many individual islands having their own private resort. This makes for the wonderfully secluded and isolated feel that has made it so popular with honeymooners and couples. You will find that many of the resorts here offer water bungalows, which are small villas sitting over the water on stilts that you can access via a jetty.
Of course, one of the main things to do in the Maldives is to sit back and enjoy the sunshine on the beach. You’ll notice a slow pace of life here, and it’s easy to wile away hours just sunbathing and going for a swim in the sea. If you want to pick up the pace a little, you can also get involved in some water sports such as surfing or stand-up paddle boarding. You’ll find that most resorts have water sports rentals available or can put you in touch with a centre. Why not take to the waters and hop aboard a boat tour? If you want to spot some of the abundant sea life here, this is one of the best ways to do so. Boats dedicated to dolphin spotting head out from many of the major islands, offering you the perfect chance to spot these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.
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