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The Indian Ocean is home to tiny islands of reefs and tourist resorts. Once British occupied, the ocean was the main route of transport between India and Europe, transporting precious Indian spices. Today, the most popular Indian Ocean destinations are tiny jewel-like islands sitting in the vast blue expanse of the ocean.
The luxurious Maldives, exotic Madagascar, heavenly Mauritius and the Seychelles archipelago islands are also known as the most beautiful islands on earth, with tropical birds, fish and plants often solely unique to the Indian Ocean. These include the legendary birds of paradise, one of the most mysterious birds on the planet.
Indian Ocean holidays conjure up images of acres of white sand beaches framed by swaying palms and lush green vegetation. With sparkling sweet water pools, bays and waterfalls, it’s no wonder they are the playgrounds of the rich and famous. Coupled with stunning accommodation, the islands of the Indian Ocean offer a tropical haven to soak up the sun and escape reality.
Probably one of the most well known of the Indian islands, the Maldives are a series of tiny atolls famous for their unspoilt beauty, and are a popular destination for honeymooners and newlyweds.
Many of the atolls are home to just one resort each; life is idyllic, laid back and very, very peaceful.
If you are looking for a mad party island with vibrancy and lots of people, then look elsewhere. In the Maldives, beautiful sunny days spent on perfect white sands are very much the order of the day.
Surrounded on all sides by beautiful coral reefs, The Maldives is famed for the fantastic array of sea-life and watersports. Grab a snorkel and a waterproof camera and dive down! Many of the beautiful tropical fish are protected and unique solely to the Maldivian corals. Alternatively, there are an array of charming little fishing boats and jetties if you fancy taking a slow, lazy stroll along the crystal waters with a cooler and a good book. The beautiful resorts offer a huge range of luxury activities, from high-end spa treatments, to diving lessons in the corals where you can find endangered giant turtles, myriad tropical fish and sea horses.
The dry season runs from November to April and is the perfect time to visit the Maldives. The temperatures are consistent at 25-35ºC and benefit from long hours of sun. Being very close to the equator, humidity is extremely high too, and the island can experience some light rainfall. The wet season runs from May to October. During this period the Maldives experience very hot, humid weather as well as consistently high rainfall. Hurricanes and cyclones are also prevalent, too. However the island still receives large numbers of tourists; the days are still very sunny, hotels are much cheaper and the beaches are open all year-round.
Not to be forgotten is the island of Mauritius - home to the most luxurious accommodation in the Indian Ocean. Famed for its beautiful resorts, they provide everything from spas, salons, leisure activities, restaurants and late night entertainment.
Accessible by transfer plane or boat, Mauritius is peaceful, dreamy and tranquil. With warm, shallow waters perfect for snorkelling, acres of pure white sand and lush landscapes for ultimate exploration, Mauritius is the perfect antidote to unwind and forget about reality for a while.
The climate of Mauritius is relatively hot and humid; right under the point of Capricorn, it has the longest sunny days out of all the Indian islands. Summer is from November through to April, when weather is extremely hot and humid. Temperatures are highest during December, January and February.
Wintertime is from May to October. Temperatures are a little lower than the summer season, with the lowest typically around 20ºC, in middle of August. This is also the most popular season for surfing, due to slightly stronger breezes and waves.
The Seychelles are among the most mysterious collection of islands on Earth. Made up of a small archipelago of 115 islands, the Seychelles are famed for their fantastic culture, art and festivals.
With strong French, African and British colonial influences, Seychelles life is vibrant, energetic and fascinating. Gabled British architecture sits comfortably on elegant boulevards and French patisserie shops; while in the next flash, African markets selling everything from tropical feathers to handmade musical instruments compete.
Away from the cosmopolitan tropical bars and French cafes, life is no less fast-paced. On the idyllic acres of white sand beaches, colourful fishing boats are moored, with friendly owners frying freshly caught fish and making beautiful crafts. A huge range of watersports including coral diving, snorkelling and turtle watching are available too, as well as day excursions to turtle breeding beaches and glass bottomed boats.
The Seychelles is certainly the livelier, more energetic cousin of sleepy Maldives, with its regular, fantastic festivals -- in particular the Turtle Festival, a fascinating celebration of the endangered species. With a great choice of resorts to suit all tastes, including beachside hotels for a chilled holiday or the livelier resorts with a blend of entertainment, The Seychelles have something for everyone.
The Seychelles experiences a year-round hot, humid climate with temperatures consistently staying between 24-32ºC.
May through October brings a very hot, dry season; rainfall and humidity are at their lowest, with temperatures averaging at around 27ºC. This is also the most popular time to visit for tourists, particularly surfers, when seas can experience strong currents.
November through to March experiences a very warm, wet season. December to March experiences the highest precipitation and very warm temperatures. This is also the season when vegetation and plants flourish, and is ideal for trekkers.
Just south of India and surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, lies the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. With miles of unspoilt, palm-fringed beaches, this is the perfect choice for a relaxing break. For those seeking adventure, the island also has a wealth of attractions to be explored. Sri Lanka’s heritage dates back 2,500 years and visitors can delight in its many UNESCO World Heritage sites and temples.
Travel inland and the temperate hill stations offer lush panoramic views over the surrounding tea plantations and provide an insight into traditional daily life. A holiday to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a visit to one of its many national parks, which thrive with fascinating wildlife, including hundreds of elephants and the world’s densest population of leopards.
Sri Lanka is a tropical island with very distinct seasons. Both seasons experience monsoons.
Dry season is between December and March, when temperatures are typically at their highest and humidity lowest, however the Yala Monsoon brings high rainfall to the south western part of the island. The Maha Monsoon is present from October to January, and brings rain to the north and east, with drier seasons between May and September.
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Picture yourself relaxing on silky soft sands, shaded by the fluttering palm trees overhead, exotic cocktail in hand, gazing across the rippling lagoons that sparkle like diamonds in the tropical sun... this is paradise and it’s waiting for you on an Indian Ocean holiday.
No other location in the world has the power to conjure such majestic fantasies, yet there is absolutely no substitute for seeing, touching or experiencing a holiday to the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka or the Seychelles for yourself.
Turn your dreams into reality with an unforgettable Indian Ocean holiday, whether you seek the luxury and romance of the Maldives, the cosmopolitan finery of pretty Mauritus, the history and culture of colourful Sri Lanka or the secluded splendour of the sumptuous Seychelles.
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The Indian Ocean covers around 20% of the water on Earth, and features some of the most picture perfect islands on the planet. Its warm waters lap the shores of Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Seychelles and Mauritius. All of these are tropical paradises in their own right, so what should you pack when travelling there?
Tropical climates with year-round sunshine, most people go to the azure waters to relax and unwind. The white sandy beaches mean that the first thing to go in is beach clothes and suncream. Those long days on the beach mean you probably need a change of swimwear while you will need something to cover-up in the intense midday soon. Suncream is imperative while aloe vera is likely to be needed at some stage, no matter how cautious you are.
Sandals and flip flops are more than enough on your feet while keep it to light layers as the evening cools off. Linen trousers will be useful, and while resorts are fairly smart, you can keep it casual so high heels and dressy outfits aren’t necessary.
With so much tourist traffic, things will be available on the islands but it is always better to carry your own medication and bits from the UK. There will be activities on offer so whichever island you are going to it is worth checking to see if you need any particular clothing. The interior of Sri Lanka is beautiful while the Seychelles has forests to explore so keep that in mind.
Found near the Tropic of Capricorn, the weather is usually pleasant and warm throughout the year. The islands of the Indian Ocean are paradise on earth with beautiful daytime temperatures and clement evenings.
The Maldives has a 30ºC average temperature throughout the year. Dry season is when the tourists come and that lasts from December through March with the wet season coming in from May to November.
Mauritius gets much of the same in terms of temperature but the summer changes slightly, from November to April. Heavy rain often comes from January through March and a good time to go can be in the winter when it’s not as humid and actually gets less rain.
The Seychelles has warm temperatures that don’t get too intense and is a great spot for beach lovers whatever the time of year. It gets the most rain from December to February and this coincides with the hottest weather which runs from December through April – with high humidity. May through October bring a dry period but the tourist season runs year-round.
We complete the set of year-round destinations with Sri Lanka. There are two monsoon seasons: May through September sees rain while December to March is the dry season. The weather doesn’t always stick to the script though and blue skies are often seen in rainy season so it’s almost better to plan a trip here around your main elements.
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