5 Breathtaking Island Destinations In The Indian Ocean
Last updated on 20 Mar 2015
By Miruna Corneanu
Bounded by Asia (India), Africa, Australia, and Antarctica, the Indian Ocean prides itself with precious clear beaches, turquoise waters, stunning islands, and marvelous scenery, being frequently considered one of the most appealing marine destinations on Earth.
Extremely popular among honeymooners, the breathtaking islands scattered throughout the Indian Ocean greet visitors with white powdery sands, incredibly clear waters kissing your feet, stunning natural landscapes, and plenty of unique activities.
Seychelles spans an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands scattered in the warm, beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean. The main islands are Praslin, La Digue and Mahe, all of them featuring stunning tropical beaches, superb coral reefs, beautiful weather, and exciting wildlife.
Although beach living and romance seem to be the favorite activities throughout the beautiful islands of Seychelles, holidays here are also famous for golf, island-hopping, nature tours, as well as water sports such as scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, or glass-bottom boating.
No vacation to Seychelles would be complete without a visit to the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve on the island of Praslin to see the rare Coco de Mer palms, or a boat ride to the Aldabra Atoll, renowned worldwide for its giant tortoises
Often regarded as a paradise on Earth, the island-country of Maldives lies in the Laccadive Sea, in the southwest of Sri Lanka. Glamorous, quixotic, and utterly spectacular, the islands of the Maldives enjoy an enviable climate, with verdant scenery soaked up in gentle sun rays all year round.
Whether you’re looking for romance, leisure, water sports, or utter bliss, the Maldives is one of the few places on Earth that can provide you with an impeccable experience.
Endowed with vibrant marine life and an underwater environment of rare beauty, there’s no wonder the Maldives Islands are a delight for water sports enthusiasts, especially for divers and snorkelers. Most popular underwater sites are the Banana Reef, the Fish Head, and the Wreck of the Maldives Victory.
Don’t forget to visit Male, the capital city, where many mosques, bazaars, and cultural sights are located.
With a rich history dating back to the beginning of time and an amazing cultural heritage complementing the stunning landscapes, Sri Lanka is a breathtaking beach getaway, a hot destination for adventurers, and a distinctive cultural spot, whose Buddhist feeling can be enjoyed in its entire splendor.
Featuring 1, 300 km of sublime beaches, 9 wonderful national parks, 6 bird reservations, and an incredibly diverse marine life, Sri Lanka offers plenty of things to do, from wild safaris, nature circuits, and sightseeing to water sports, cultural experiences, hiking, and of course, dream beach vacations.
Moreover, Sri Lanka is also a popular shopping destination (one of the best in South Asia), a vibrant nightlife hot spot, and a wellness sanctuary. Ayurveda, Sri Lanka’s traditional medical system is known worldwide for its miraculous benefits.
Located in the same glittering Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa, the Island of Mauritius is part of the republic with the same name, alongside Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues, and the Agalega Islands.
Surrounded by the world’s third largest coral reef, the island prides itself with a stunning natural beauty capable to seduce even the most pretentious of travelers. In addition to miles of white, sandy beaches, lush tropical forests, emerald waters with beautiful lagoons, and plenty of national reserves, Mauritius features a lovely mountainous landscape that gives it a truly special charm.
Known as one of the finest spa destinations in the world and an epitome of what we call a romantic getaway, the island offers an endless range of experiences, from various eco deeds, sport, and nautical activities to mountain climbing, hiking, quad biking, shopping, and much more.
Undoubtedly, the liveliest area in Mauritius is Grand Bay, a paradise for shoppers and partygoers. Other must see sights include: the spectacular Ile aux Cerfs, Black River Gorges Park, The Duch Ruins, and the enchanting Caselabird sanctuary.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo, and an incredible biodiversity hotspot.
Both nature enthusiasts and adventure travelers in Madagascar are greeted with outstanding national reserves. One of the most renowned is Andohahela, a very unusual paradise spread over 80,000 hectares. Featuring 3 different ecosystems, Andohahela is also home to the spectacular trees called baobabs.
In fact, it doesn’t really matter what kind of traveler you are because Madagascar is a magical, sundry, and colorful world with something for everyone, therefore culture aficionados, avid explorers, water sports fans, nature lovers, treasure hunters, and adventurers are all rewarded with some genuine unforgettable experiences. And although Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on Earth, that doesn’t mean this former pirate home with its fantastic diversity isn’t a real treat.
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