The Indian Ocean is made up of a sensational collection of islands, each with its own history, culture and charm. Explore verdant highlands, enchanting forests and soaring mountains, accompanied by majestic waterfalls and luminous lagoons. Unwind on pristine beaches with cloud-like softness, as sapphire waters gently lap the shore. Experience the magic of Mauritius, spend your days island-hopping around the Maldives or visit sacred cave temples in Sri Lanka. There is no end to the wonders you’ll discover on a trip to the Indian Ocean...
Wake up to the view of a glistening white beach surrounded by tropical gardens in Mauritius. Explore your own slice of paradise and stay on a private island at the heart of the Seychelles archipelago. Stay in a luxury villa overlooking misty mountains and a majestic jungle in Sri Lanka. Or the Maldives has an incredible range of accommodations to choose from, each oozing with its own sense of luxury.
The Indian Ocean covers approximately 20% of the Earth’s Ocean surface and is situated between the southern tips of Africa and Australia. The best-known islands in the Indian Ocean are the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Madagascar.
The Indian Ocean has a subtropical climate, which means most of the year sees warm and dry weather conditions. The best time to go depends on which country you want to visit. April and May are the best months to visit Seychelles, as the trade winds aren’t blowing, you’ll also experience great weather in October and November. The Maldives sees dry and warm weather from November – April, perfect timing to escape the European winter. Mauritius experiences its hottest weather October – December, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 29°C. Sri Lanka is an amazing year-round holiday destination. The southwest has the best weather between December – April, whereas the east coast and north experience the best weather between May - September.
Watersports such as diving, snorkelling, tubing, parasailing are all popular activities in the Maldives. If you’re an avid surfer, the Maldives is perfect for you, these waves are some of the best in the world. Take a boat trip and visit one of the many sand banks, tiny islands surrounded by glistening, pristine waters. Mauritius is much more than just a honeymoon destination, wander through lush green rainforests and discover colour-changing sand dunes, majestic waterfalls and botanical gardens. Explore tiny towns, coconut plantations and a primeval forest in Seychelles. In Sri Lanka, you can walk with wild elephants in a national park, discover the ruins of an ancient palace and visit a tea empire in Nuwara Eliya.
Mauritius is a land of glorious, unspoiled beaches with picturesque views. Towards the southeast side, you’ll find the stunning Blue Bay Beach. Soft white sand is lapped with a bright turquoise lagoon which blends with the ocean on the horizon. This beach is bordered by coconut trees, giving you a true tropical experience. On the west coast, you’ll find the beautiful Flic en Flac Beach. This beach has pearly white sand, surrounded by an enchanting landscape of casuarina trees and emerald-cloaked mountains.
The Maldives offers a slice of paradise topped with a dollop of luxury, which is largely thanks to its array of idyllic beaches. For a serene stay, visit the blissful shores of Landaa Giraavaru. This beach is made of pristine white sand which seamlessly blends into crystalline waters.
Spices such as tamarind and ginger are widely used in Seychelles cuisine, fish is abundant in this part of the world, so traditional meals include fish curry, salted rougaille and fresh grilled fish. The most popular way of cooking fish is directly on the hot coal of a BBQ, with coconut husks for additional flavour. Sri Lankan cuisine shares similarities with South Indian food but does have its own unique taste. As well as a variety of spices, coconut and fish play an important role in Sri Lankan gastronomy, curry and rice are a national favourite.
Mauritius has a huge variety of cuisines, popular dishes include octopus curry, biryani, fried rice and noodles. Be sure to try ‘Dholl Puri’ while you’re here, a favourite amongst locals. The cuisine of the Maldives is hugely influenced by its neighbours India and Sri Lanka. Traditional dishes centre around three vital ingredients, coconut, fish and starches.
Sri Lanka has a captivating culture, influenced by Theravada Buddhism heritage, which is especially prevalent in its southern and central regions. The remnants of ancient and sacred sculptures, paintings and architecture can be found across the country.
Mauritius has a diverse set of cultural traditions, the population celebrates many festivals including Hindu, Muslim and Catholic festivities. Music is a huge part of Mauritian culture, popular genres included Séga, Reggae and Seggae.
Seychelles’ culture is a melting pot of African, Asian and European influences. You can find some French influences in the Creole language, food and religion, African influence in national music and dance and Asian influences in cuisine and trade.