Why Holiday In The Indian Ocean

I’ve regularly been asked where I would most like to travel to, or what is the most enjoyable destination I have visited.

My answer to both of these questions is the same, The Indian Ocean. Granted that is a rather broad response however it is very hard to narrow down a specific part of the region, The Maldives, Mauritius and The Seychelles would be my top 3 destinations within the region but choosing between them would be a hard feat as all have their own unique charms and features that entice me back year after year.

The Indian Ocean offers a variety of holiday highlights, here I will look into some of the most enjoyable things to see and do when holidaying on three of the very best Indian Ocean islands.

Go Big Game Fishing – Mauritius

Mauritius is known for its wide variety of marine life, it’s also known as one of the finest areas for fishing in the world. Here you can rent a boat equipped with an experienced skipper and head out to sea to take your chances catching Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Yellow-fin Tuna, Bonito and Shark. Fishing experiences can also be arranged overnight and for 2-3 days at a time for the more experienced angler.

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Visit an uninhabited island – The Maldives

The Maldives are made up of 1,190 islands, yet only 200 of these are inhabited, as such a short oat ride will take you to your own tropical paradise where you can enjoy a private dinner or just soak up the sun without having to worry about sharing the beach with other holiday makers!

Get to know some of the rarest creatures in the world – The Seychelles

The Seychelles is home to the rarest species of Tortoise in the world, The Giant Tortoise. A protected creature these huge animals weigh up to 300kg and can live as long as 200 years making them one of the oldest species of animal on the planet. Their home here in The Seychelles is Aldabra Atoll, a world heritage site and a must visit destination when visiting the region.

Get Married / Take a Honeymoon – The Maldives

In my opinion The Maldives is a dream wedding destination; white sandy beaches combine with lush rainforests, beautiful wildlife and friendly locals to offer up a picture perfect wedding the likes of which are rarely found outside of The Indian Ocean. May resorts will have their own wedding planner on hand to assist with your special day and wedding packages include many benefits for the bride and groom including complimentary room upgrades. In a similar vein Honeymoons are incredibly popular here as water villas and private over-water decks create an unrivalled romantic setting.

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Spend at day with the socialites at Champ de Mars – Mauritius

The most famous racecourse in Mauritius is also the oldest in the southern hemisphere, here you can spend a day mingling with aristocracy and sipping champagne while tucking into delicious canapés. Soak up the atmosphere and take a flutter on your favourite horse as you enjoy “the sport of kings” – Mauritius style.

Explore the Jungle – The Seychelles

The majority of Mahe is blessed with lush tropical rainforest that just begs to be explored, local tour guides can arrange hikes lasting from just a couple of hours to a full day. Those who choose to trek through some of the wildest vegetation in the Indian Ocean are rewarded with the stunning views across the islands such as those visible from the summit of Morne Blanc.

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