Indian Ocean Holidays

When you think of Indian Ocean holidays, postcard-worthy white sands, impossibly blue ocean waters and gently swaying palm trees are sure to come to mind. And while this part of the world is without a doubt the ultimate in barefoot luxury holidaying, it’s also a destination of diversity that goes beyond your simple sun-and-sea escape.

Step off your seaplane in the Maldives onto a private island and you’ll soon discover there’s so much more to do than spend blissed-out days on the beach (though there is plenty of those too!) Here there is everything from underwater dining and open-air beach cinemas to on-island golf courses.

And when you explore beyond Mauritius’ exceptional coastline – home to the world’s third-largest coral reef – you can find yourself quad biking through nature reserves, dancing to the rhythm of sega and taking part in authentic cultural experiences with the local population.

With a collection of 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is one of the world’s least populated countries and makes for a secluded holiday destination popular with honeymooners – but there is adventure to be found as well with dramatic hikes and extraordinary snorkelling. Finally, there’s Sri Lanka, one of the best places for wildlife encounters and cultural wonders. Mix your beach stay with a tour around the island, exploring ancient cities, hilltop citadels, timeless ruins and heading into the national parks to spot elephants and leopards.

Whether you are travelling as a family, planning the perfect honeymoon or simply looking to escape the mundane with friends, one of our Indian Ocean holidays will cater for you. Browse our collection below and book with confidence in the knowledge that we are ATOL protected and everything from flights to accommodations included in the overall price.

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Indian Ocean Holidays Travel Information

The majority of flights available between the UK and the Indian Ocean are indirect. It is essential to be up to date with all vaccinations for a holiday in this part of the world.

  • Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa (Maldives), Seychellois rupee (Seychelles), Mauritian rupee (Mauritius), Sri Lankan rupee (Sri Lanka)
  • Time difference: varies depending on destination
  • Flight from UK: varies depending on destination
  • Visa: varies
  • Language: Large variations
  • National drink: Raa
  • National dish: Milk rice

Travel Tips & Advice for Indian Ocean Holidays

Indian Ocean Activities

The Indian Ocean region is ideal if you just want to relax and do nothing much at all thanks to the seemingly endless stretches of beautiful beaches. This also means there is no shortage of sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling to enjoy. However, don't just stick to the beach or the resort poolside, head out into the populated areas to catch a glimpse of local life on the island, book a guided tour through one of the stunning vegetated areas or plan an epic hike on one of the many trails. The Copolia Trail in the Victoria area of Seychelles is a popular choice or sign up for a days hike to Ella Rock, 1,000 metres above sea level with stunning views once you reach the top.

Indian Ocean Food & Drink

Wherever you choose to take your holiday, you'll enjoy a whole new world of mouthwatering cuisine every single day. Sri Lanka's coconut milk infused curries are a favourite for many while seafood lovers can tuck into dishes of freshly caught fish and shellfish while holidaying in Mauritius. For those who opt for a holiday in the Maldives, you can dine on the likes of deep-fried fish cakes or bajiya (a soft pastry stuffed with fish, onion and coconut) and then wash it all down with raa which is tapped from palm tree trunks. Our range of resorts across these locations also provide a plentiful array of dishes from various cuisines to satisfy all tastes and needs. Indulge in buffet-style breakfasts and themed dinners or enjoy a sunset barbecue once a week at some of these luxury resorts.

Indian Ocean Attractions

Depending on where you choose to stay, you'll find a range of attractions to enjoy should you fancy a day outside of your resort. Whether it be the ancient ruins of the Sigiriya Fortress in Sri Lanka or marvelling at the giant tortoises on Curiese during your stay in Seychelles there's so much to see and do. Marianne Rock in the Seychelles is another tourist hotspot for those who love nothing more than snapping on a snorkel mask and catching a glimpse of the underwater world. Of course, many choose an Indian Ocean holiday to take advantage of the plentiful sunshine and gorgeous coastlines available in these far-flung destinations so opt for a resort close to the beach and you'll be set for your whole holiday.

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