Five stunning islands to visit in the Indian Ocean

by Kim on July 19, 2013

When dreaming of your next beach vacation, why not set your sites on the dozens of stunning islands that dot the landscape of the Indian Ocean? Below you’ll find five crowd-favorites to choose from. There’s no doubt that you’ll be blown away by these choices of Indian Ocean holidays.

1. The Maldives

Situated in the western part of the Indian Ocean, the Maldive Islands are a chain of 26 atolls and 1,192 coral islands. The islands are famous for their live coral reefs and sand bars. The Maldives are a popular honeymoon spot and visitors from all over the world flock to these islands to relax and unwind. But if spa treatments and lazy days at the beach aren’t quite your thing, the Maldives is also world renowned for it’s scuba diving opportunities.

South Nilandhe, Maldives

2. The Andaman Islands

Located in the eastern part of the Indian Ocean, the Andaman Islands are technically a part of India, though they feel a world away. Situated in the Bay of Bengal, these sparsely populated islands will help unleash the explorer in you. Make sure to stop by the Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park where you can hike through creeks and indulge in the underwater delights by diving and snorkeling.

3. Zanzibar

The African island of Zanzibar in Tanzania consists of a number of small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba. Zanzibar is known for its stunning beaches and exciting wildlife. Rare native leopards and endangered monkeys are just two of the many animals you may encounter when visiting Zanzibar. If you prefer to skip the exotic wildlife and relax on the beaches instead, Zanzibar will not disappoint. The warm aqua waters of the Indian Ocean will grab ahold of you and refuse to let go.


4. Seychelles

Located in relative proximity to Zanzibar, the Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state. The islands of the Seychelles are small and hot year-round, which makes them perfect for a visit at any time of year. The white-sand beaches and crystal clear water invoke a true island paradise. The Seychelles are regularly voted the best islands in the world.

5. Mauritius

Mauritius Island is located in the western Indian Ocean and is the perfect location for anyone looking for an active vacation. Whether you choose to bike around the L’Etoile Nature Reserve, walk with lions at Casela Nature Park or just spend your days snorkeling and swimming the pristine waters of the island, Mauritius is guaranteed to keep you moving.

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