Indian Ocean Holidays
Indian Ocean holidays
The Indian Ocean offers visitors a tropical paradise, with the diverse islands of the region all sharing white palm-fringed beaches, turquoise crystal-clear waters and stunning natural beauty. The third largest ocean in the world, the Indian Ocean is home to the Indian states of Goa and Kerala, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, the Maldives and the Seychelles – all exotic destinations which conjure up images of complete relaxation and idyllic tranquility. Today, all the islands of the Indian Ocean are remarkably accessible and have become established winter sun destinations for British travellers.
These islands are incredibly diverse, from the party-like vibrant atmosphere of North Goa, to the isolated and remote Maldives, each tiny island a resort in its’ own right. Attracting those in search of complete rest and relaxation, the Indian Ocean has some stunning picture-postcard beaches, with powdery white sands shaded by exotic palms and coconut trees, and the vivid turquoise waters of the region provide some of the best diving in the world. The coastline around Mauritius is surrounded by one of the largest unbroken coral reefs in the world, and is well-known as a top dive location, and the dazzling beaches of the Seychelles are perfect for all kinds of watersports. Sri Lanka offers pristine white sandy beaches, and a unique landscape full of verdant green mountains and Buddist temples, whilst the renowned shores of Goa, discovered back in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s by travelling hippies still retain a colourful free-and-easy atmosphere.
The exotic and idyllic islands of the Indian Ocean are a popular choice for couples and honeymooners, with the endless beaches perfect for leisurely romantic walks and secluded sunbathing. As well as relaxing on the tropical beaches, the islands offer activities such as the aforementioned scuba-diving, snorkelling, water-skiing, wind-surfing and deep-sea fishing, as well as pursuits away from the water including golf, tennis, horse-riding, hiking and helicopter flights. With accommodation ranging from friendly basic guesthouses to luxury hotels full of incredible facilities and top-class service, this tropical region can truly offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all who visit.
Package holidays from the UK operate to the Indian Ocean throughout our winter months (November to May) making these previously remote beaches now easily and cost effectively within reach.
Indian Ocean holiday destinations have similar things in common: superb beaches, stunning natural scenery, and fantastic weather. Holidays here will be blessed with long hours of sunshine, balmy warmth, and delectably warm sea water to ensure you make the most of the coral reefs and tropical fish here. Temperatures hold steady between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year in the Seychelles, for example, peaking in April. If you are heading to the Seychelles or Mauritius, the best time to visit is May to September when it is drier and slightly cooler.
Visit a Tea Plantation in Sri Lanka
If you’re holidaying in Sri Lanka you’ll find an abundance of excursions on offer to fill your days. Sri Lanka is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world which you can enjoy at resort centres like Bentota, Beruwela and Galle. Venturing inland will open up a world of Buddhist temples, rice paddies, tea plantations and cinnamon plantations. Safaris down the Madhua River in Balapitiya, or visits to the moon stone mines of Meetoyagoda are also popular. The capital Colombo is an historic and cultural hot spot full or amazing things to do and see. The island also boasts seven World Heritage sites and has a huge number of ancient temples, palaces and fortresses to explore.
Big Game Fishing in Mauritius
Mauritius is famed for its water sports facilities including water skiing, kayaking, snorkelling, parasailing and scuba diving. Resorts such as Sugar Beach Resort and La Pirogue Resort specialise in big game fishing. The sport is practised throughout the year in Mauritius, although the best season for marlin is from October to April. Catches also include sailfish, wahoo, dorado, yellow-fin tuna, bonito and shark. The island also benefits from a number of well-kept golf courses. Don't forget to take in the bustling capital of Port Louis with its thriving Chinatown, or for a taste of authentic visit any of the traditional fishing villages still dotted along the coastline.
Get Retail Therapy in Goa
Goa’s fabulous beaches and bustling coastal villages are primarily great places to chill out and soak up the sun. But a great thing to do while you’re here is venture into street and beachside markets to spend a few hours and pick up some bargains. Markets offer freshly prepared food, silks, jewellery, Kashmiri handicrafts, and beautiful wood carvings.
Stay in a Romantic Water Bungalow
Many holiday resorts in the Maldives offer romantic, beach-front accommodation so that you can slip from your private veranda into the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. Honeymoons in places like Hakuraa Club Resort or Mirihi Island Resort in the Maldives couldn’t be more stylish and idyllic.