Did you know the Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world? It has boundaries with Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica. The Indian Ocean is home to some magnificent countries and islands and is home to some of the best tropical beach islands in the world. It is said to be the best waters for marine life and diving. We have put together a list of 8 AMAZING Indian Ocean Islands to add to your bucketlist.
The archipelago that makes up the country of the Seychelles has 115 islands off the east coast of Africa. Seychelles has endless amazing Sandy beaches and beautiful little towns and villages as wells stunning landscapes. Seychelles is well-known for it luxury world-class hotels, however many people dot realise you can do Seychelles on budget by booking with Airbnb or by booking a homestay Whilst driving around the mainland Mahe we saw endless bed and breakfast’s around the island. There are so many things to do in Seychelles you will find it very difficult to get bored here from island and beach hopping to visiting local villages and historical sites, and the beautiful botanical gardens on Mahe Island, Seychelles is definitely a place to have a fantastic beach holiday mixed with culture. Seychelles also has excellent snorkelling, diving and hiking activities. Check out this Guide to the Seychelles.
Sri Lanka formerly known as Ceylon that has a history that dates back more than 3,500 years. It lies approx 1 hour for mainland India. It is home to a stunning coastline and numerous of colonial towns, national parks and temples. The best way to get around Sri Lanka is by railroad—the hill railways are an absolute must if you visit Sri Lanka. Accommodation can be found on the island to suit all budgets. It is also very easy to visit other India Open Islands from Sri Lanka such as Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles.
Mauritius, an island located between the Seychelles, Madagascar and Réunion, is one of the most culturally diverse island destinations in the Indian Ocean. The island has been colonised by many different cultures, including the Dutch, Portuguese, Africans, French, Indian and Chinese. Mauritius is rich in culture and history. Most people who visit Mauritius mainly think of beach type trips, however there is so much to do and see on the islands, from beach hopping, to exploring surfing islands, sampling the delicious food, to diving, trekking and seeing stunning lagoons and landscapes, Mauritius has it all. one great way to explore the island is by hiring a car for about £22-£25 per day – definitely worth it to explore this amazing island.
The Maldives is a beautiful country, located southwest of India, it consists of 26 coral atolls and about 1,192 islands, a couple of hundred of which are inhabited, plus an additional 80 or so that are home to a resort. All the islands that make up the archipelago of the Maldives lie two metres or less above sea level. The main activities in Maldives are water type activities such as diving, and snorkelling, you can also visit some islands on various tours. The capital Male is also a great place to visit.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and is attracts many visitors due to its uniqueness. Madagascar is home to some incredible wildlife and plants, approx seventy percent of the species of plants here are to food anywhere else on earth. Many people visit here to see the lemurs and beautiful chameleons that live on the island. The island also has lots of historical sites to explore as well as the toms and villages.
Zanzibar is an island which name calls up images of explorers and spice traders. This historically significant island is a part of Tanzania off the African east coast and offers everything from beach getaways to cultural diversity and incredible food choices. Most people visit Zanzibar to expedite the stunning beaches and learn about the cultural and historical past of this fascinating island.
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLADS
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the remotest territory of India. Located in the Bay of Bengal, they made up of approx almost 600 islands. Most of the Nicobar islands tourists cannot bits due to some of the protected tribes that live there. However tourists can freely visit most of the Andaman Islands which also great for a lazy beach holiday – there are many activities such a scuba diving, diving, exploring historical places and enjoying the delicious food. From India the prices are fairly reasonable get tot he Andaman Islands and there is accommodation available to suit all budgets.
Technically an overseas territory of France, the small island of Réunion is located between Madagascar and Mauritius in the western Indian Ocean. This is a destination filled with jungles, impressive waterfalls, empty sand beaches and volcanoes. One fantastic activity to do in Reunion is trekking the Caldera Volcano. Reunion is very easy to get from Mauritius and a must visit destination.