Impossibly blue water, ice-white sands and a remarkable world beneath the waves - Indian Ocean holidays are the epitome of paradise. From the nature-packed verdant beauty of Mauritius to the luxurious, overwater bungalows of the Maldives, you’ll feel a world away from anywhere else on the planet.
Mauritius: Nature's Playground
Mauritius is full of natural wonders. Grab your snorkel to see a kaleidoscope of corals and exotic fish, alongside turtles, octopus, and if you’re lucky, even a few dolphins. And the highlight? A massive underwater waterfall. This mind-blowing optical illusion has to be seen. It’s also safe to swim and surf over, despite the jaw-dropping 4000-metre abyss below.
Back on land you’ve got lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and bio-protected parks to explore. Hike up the Black River Gorges National Park to see endangered animals, like the famous pink pigeon, all while soaking up the most serene nature trails. And for a bucket-list-worthy Indian Ocean holiday, make your way to the Seven Coloured Earths in Chamarel. These breathtaking sand dunes are made up of violets, blues, reds, yellows and greens.
The Maldives: Island Bliss
The poster child of Indian Ocean holidays, where an endless turquoise horizon becomes your backyard. Pristine white-sand beaches, massages at open-air spas, and crystal-clear waters. In the Maldives, relaxation is practically an art form. And the aquatic world beneath the surface is second to none. Strap on your snorkel gear and explore technicolour reefs, gentle sea turtles, 700 species of colourful fish.
Want to dive a little deeper? The Maldives is made up of over 20 ring-like atolls (groups of coral islands) to be explored. The most unspoiled of all is Haa Alif Atoll, which is great for beginner divers and has its own wreck! And if you’re more experienced, head into South Ari Atoll, famous for its encounters with whale sharks and manta rays. There’s also plenty of overwater adventure to play for, from paddleboarding to surfing, and jet skiing to catamaran rides.