4 Must-See Places in the Indian Ocean


Swim with wild dolphins, stay in a rainforest lodge — whether you’re looking for adventure or just a chance to unwind, you’ll be sure to find your perfect holiday in these waters.

1. Maldives


The Maldives set the bar high for beach holidays – with its incredible diversity of marine life, be sure to plan some snorkeling or diving expeditions in the pristine turquoise waters. Both honeymooners and families will find luxurious accommodations at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda HuraaOne&Only Reethi Rah, or in a number of overwater villas. For large groups, find an all-inclusive package that’ll suit all of your needs.

2. Praslin, Seychelles


Powdery beaches and pristine waters aside, Seychelles is also a perfect spot for water sports. The Eden-like Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-visit. For some authentic Creole cuisine, be sure to try the cinnamon and coconut-flavoured curries before heading over to the food market in Mahé for a bite of fresh seafood and delicious tropical fruit.

3. Mauritius


Known for its incredible beaches and skydiving views, Mauritius is a beachgoer’s dream. Swim with wild dolphins or explore the the cliffs on the islet of Gunners Quoin off the coast of Grand Baie. At night, dance away to celebrity DJs spinning EDM inside the island’s exciting club scene. And for authentic Creole and Mauritian cuisine, try the street food—the dholl puri (flat bread filled with a spicy paste and vegetables) is a popular choice.

Top off your day with a stay at the new Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, which faces a protected marine park, or Le Touessrok Resort, which has its own private beaches.

4. Madagascar


An island teeming with biodiversity, Madagascar is perfect for the adventurous at heart. Go hiking, snorkel in some of the most vibrant coral reefs in the world, spot lemurs in Andasibe, and have a meal at Villa Vanille. Wildlife and nature lovers will be sure to appreciate a stay in a rainforest lodge and a trek through the safari in a pair of gumboots. There’s something for every traveler on this exciting island.


BOE Magazine