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The islands of the Indian Ocean are a hidden treasure trove. The white sands and gently waving trees bring to mind desert island adventures in books and films, and many people choose to holiday here to escape from daily life and explore a completely different side of the world. The slower pace of life and natural beauty allows for total relaxation, leaving you free to simply enjoy the scenery around you.

Mozambique coastline

Beautiful Indian Ocean

Whatever you’re seeking, whether it’s culture, adventure, relaxation or unforgettable experiences, there is something to suit everyone when exploring the Indian Ocean Islands. In this post, we share some top tips for getting the most out of your time there.

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Prepare for your adventure exploring the islands of the Indian Ocean

Unless you’re happy to just go with the flow, doing some research before you travel is the best way to maximise your holiday experience. That doesn’t mean cramming everything in, but rather making sure that you get to visit the places that interest you the most.

Indonesian Island hoping

Crossing the Indian Ocean on a ferry

Firstly, you’ll need to decide which island to visit. Perhaps some of the most famous islands are Mauritius, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and the Seychelles, but if you’re looking for a more unusual location, try Christmas Island, Réunion or the Cocos Keeling Islands. Or if you have the time, why not try some island hopping and get a taste of multiple destinations?Another option to consider are private island rentals.

Explore the culture of each island

When you’re planning your holiday, make sure that you actually venture outside of your resort. It can be tempting to stay on the hotel’s private beach or by the pool, but you’ll get the best experience if you explore the island from a local’s point of view. Otherwise, you could be anywhere – so find out what makes your chosen destination so special. Leaving your resort is also a chance to give back to the local community, and meet the people who call the island  their home.

The locations of these islands make them a melting pot of cultures, so there’s sure to be something new for everyone to discover. Why not tie your visit in with a national celebration to get a real feel for what island life is all about? For example, visiting Mauritius during Holi, the festival of colour, is the perfect chance to see the island at its most vibrant.

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

Enjoy nature on the islands

The Indian Ocean islands are renowned for their natural beauty, with lush green forests, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters. From the towering Baobab trees of Madagascar to the vibrant coral reefs of the Seychelles, there is an abundance of natural wonders waiting to be explored.

The islands are also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including lemurs, giant tortoises, and exotic bird species such as the Mauritius kestrel. With unspoiled landscapes and rich biodiversity, the Indian Ocean islands are truly a nature lover’s paradise.

Relax and enjoy

Whatever you decide to do during your holiday, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time on these beautiful islands. Ten days or even two weeks would be the perfect amount of time for your visit, allowing you to relax, explore and soak in all the Indian Ocean islands have to offer.

Adventure on!