The oceans contain some of the great unknowns of our planet. Water covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface but we’ve barely explored 20% of what lies within it. 

While the Pacific and Atlantic are bigger than the Indian Ocean, it is home to the world’s warmest seas. This means it offers several unique features that are well worth exploring in detail. 

Why the Indian Ocean? 

Although the warmer waters are unable to support a large amount of marine animals, you will still find endangered species including turtles, seals, and dugongs, and a host of glorious coral reefs. 

As well as seeing incredible wildlife, you will have the chance to relax in some of the most pristine beaches and exclusive resorts in the world. 

But as the Indian Ocean is split into four general climactic regions, be sure to do your research to know when the best times to travel are. 

Where to visit? 


There aren’t many holiday destinations that are as remote as Seychelles – Madagascar is its closest neighbour and lies around 700 miles to the south. 

You could be forgiven for thinking that this tropical paradise is only of interest to sun worshippers, but this is not the case. Hikers can head up to the summit of Morne Seychellois on Mahe or take a stroll on the Copolia Trail. Go diving with sharks and rays, play golf at the five-star Constance Lemuria resort, or try out a new activity like surfing. 


More than 1,000 miles south of the Seychelles is Mauritius, which has a large main island that’s surrounded by stunning coral reefs and sun-kissed beaches. 

When you are not kicking back and relaxing, keep an eye out for the bottlenose dolphins that patrol the island from your chartered yacht. For something a bit different, head down to Le Morne Brabant mountain and explore the hidden caves of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, go to the unspoilt Black River Gorges National Park to feel like you’ve stepped back in time – just remember to take some supplies. 


The Maldives is an idyllic holiday destination of 1,192 islands boasting white sands and azure lagoons. Banana Reef in Kuda Kalhi is great for both snorkelling and scuba diving and you can end the day by watching the sunset before witnessing the shores glow blue through an incredible display of luminescence. 

With around 1,000 of its islands being uninhabited by humans, it’s the perfect destination to go island hopping and get a unique experience 

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