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The Indian Ocean has wonderful islands that provide a various number of activities and are filled up with luxurious resorts and spa making them unexceptional as holiday destinations. There are many interesting island that you may want to visit each having their own culture, cooking style and attractions leaving you a variety of choices to choose as destinations for a great vacation.

In this article, we have included only two of the best islands as holiday destinations in the Indian Ocean and also some insider tips so that you have a full experience package for your trip to any of these islands.

Mauritius

Mauritius attractions: Top view of Le morne
Mauritius attractions: Top view of Le morne

Mauritius is a small island of about 2040 kilometre square. There is a lot to discover in the island. The country has quite a past and many interesting historical sites which will leave you breathless while you uncover its history. Thanks to its rich historical past, Mauritius became a multi-cultural island.

Some examples of Historical sites in Mauritius are the Eureka plantation house, the Fort Madelaine also known as the citadel and the museum.

If you want to learn more click on History of Mauritius

The island is a real beauty and a well-visited place such that tourism is an important industry for the economy of the country. Famous for its stunning beaches, its clear lagoon and reef and its mountainous corners, it is the best holiday destination choice for many foreigners. Many tourists go to Mauritius for the purpose of shopping, business dealing, honeymoon and weddings or just to spend leisure time with family.

Sega Mauritius
Sega dance on the beach

Included in the Mauritian culture is the epic ‘sega’. The ‘sega’ is a mixture of song and dance invented by slaves brought into Mauritius long time ago. It represents the culture of the Mauritian.

 

Mauritian also imitates cuisines all around the world. This makes Mauritius a much more interesting island to visit. As Mauritius is a multi-cultural island, its cuisines originate from many countries such as China, Africa and India.

You may find foods that are sold in your country. Being a vegan is not a problem in the small island. There are vegetarian foods all around the island as there is a significant proportion of the population of the island who are vegans.

 

Mauritius has many facilities available for the foreigners who want to visit the island. The island enchant its visitors and make them feel home. Visitors have personal attentions and they are the priorities. A promising holiday awaits you in Mauritius. If you want to travel to Mauritius, quickly book your flights to Mauritius now with AirSeychelles!

 

The Seychelles

seychelles-with-couplesThe Seychelles is an archipelago with a combination of 115 small islands. The Seychelles is indeed an amazing island with millions of things to discover.

 

 

 

The Praslin Island

 

Seychelles beach
Sunset in Seychelles

Praslin is a beautiful island, including all its natural belongings but mostly famous for its stunning beaches. Being pretty small, the island is inhabited by 6,500 people. However, Praslin is considered as the second biggest island in the Seychelles. Some of its beaches in Praslin are renown in the world as the most beautiful beaches. Anse Lazio and Anse Googette are the most famous locally and worldwide.

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As for food, there are several good restaurants in Praslin.

Pk’s @ Pasquiere restaurant and gastropub

The restaurant is ideally situated at Anse Boudin. The restaurant happens to be situated in a lovely spot where you can contemplate the beautiful views of Praslin and the surrounding islands while relishing your meal. However, the restaurant only offers seafood meals. The famous corner warmly welcomes its clients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner even late at night.

Laurier restaurant

Situated at code d’or is the famous Laurier restaurant. The Laurier restaurant offer Barbecue.The Laurier restaurant is famous for its buffet. It offers a wide range of cold dishes. The prices are also at a reasonable rate.

Mahe Island

mahe seychelles victoria
mahe seychelles victoria

The Mahé Island is the biggest island in the entire 115 island of the archipelagos. Victoria is the capital of the island.

There is a lot to explore in Mahé. It is full of stunning beaches. While most of its people live in Victoria, there are also several towns where people follow the Creole culture. There are many activities which can be done on the island such as mountain walk, scuba diving and sea kayaking.

The seaside of Mahé is a great place to swim. The beaches are often tranquil but the best beaches on the island of Mahé are found in the south or the north of the island. The south is also the most convenient place for you to stay. As the bays are not far from each other, tourists have full tie to discover and explore the island. Many holidays packages are available. You may stay on the east-north coast where you will find attractive coastline or the south for the best beaches.

Beau Vallon, a beach find in the Victoria is a major tourist area. The calm, safe atmosphere of Beau Vallon is stress-free and relaxing. The police patrol at the Beau Vallon beach and make it a safe for everybody whether its families, the children or individuals.

Bird Island

 seychelles-bird-islandAmong the islands of the Seychelles lies Bird Island.

The Bird Island is a small paradise for nature lovers. A true masterpiece of nature, the bird island attracts many tourists which are home to a variety of birds of different species.The island is a nature preserved site. Visitors are allowed to watch and take pictures at a distance of an arm length. However, the republic of the Seychelles is strict on the rule of ‘No hunting is allowed’.

On the island, visitors have the opportunity for activities such as deep-sea fishing, snorkelling, watching the sunset and exploring the nature. There is also a restaurant opened to visitors on the island. The bird island’s restaurant has a good reputation for its cuisines and its atmosphere.

 

sunny day in the Indian Ocean

If you are trawling the web to find a warm holiday destination, you can take a look at the many beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean. They will definitely delight you.

When we talk about Indian Ocean, many will think about “summer all year round” and that’s probably right. Covering 70,560,000 km², the Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean of the world and is for many paradise on earth. The warmest ocean of the globe, the Indian Ocean is situated on the north of the equator and guarantees unforgettable experience.

Indian Ocean Beach

With the blue oceanic waters and spellbinding islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, it is hard to resist the temptation of laying back there. Popular for its iconic islands notably: Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion, the Indian Ocean might be the sunshine break you need.

Summer in the Indian Ocean

While the European countries face cloudy skies and chilly climatic conditions, islands in the Indian Ocean enjoy a sunny warm and humid atmosphere.

Mauritius

Beaches in Mauritius

The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has conquered many hearts by now. Located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and in the African continent, the Republic of Mauritius covers an area of 2040 km². It is a volcanic island with coral reefs protecting the coastline. The capital city Port Louis is also the business center and main administration of the island.

Mauritius is extremely famous among holiday seekers for its postcard beaches, breath-taking landscapes, lush vegetation and rich cultural value. Reputed for its racial harmony and stability, this sublime island proved to be unique.

Unsurprisingly, Mauritius is one of the leading holiday destination in the world, it provides over 200 activities, attractions and interesting sites all waiting to be discovered.

Summer in Mauritius

Situated in the southern hemisphere, the tropical island is full of bright sunshine. Mauritius summer, starts from November and lasts till April where temperature varies between 29°c to 32°c during the day and 26°c to 29°c at night.

Attractions and Activities

The paradise island of Mauritius is jam-packed with attractions and activities that will keep you entertained throughout your journey. Mauritius pristine beaches are the perfect location to lay down your towel on. Mont Choisy, Bereybere and Flic en Flac beaches are among the spots tourists will not leave without visiting. To enjoy your stay in Mauritius, we recommend hotels in Flic en Flac, namely Villas Carolline.

Other attractions such as; Le Morne Brabant (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Trou aux Cerf, Chamarel coloured earth, Chamarel waterfalls and Mauritius National Botanical Garden are not to be missed.

Quad biking

Mauritius, as said earlier is the destination of fun and leisure, popular activities are:

  1. Surfing
  2. Kitesurfing
  3. Scuba diving
  4. Catamaran cruise
  5. Underwater sea walk
  6. Swimming with dolphins
  7. Quad biking
  8. Zip lining
  9. Golf
  10. Sky diving

Car rental in Mauritius is definitely the best way to commute around the island.

Seychelles

Iconic Anse Source d'Argent

Ever wondered how heaven will look like? If yes, then it is strongly possible that your description of paradise match itself with the Seychelles. Indeed, Seychelles is an island of all wonders.

Covering a land area of 459km², the Republic of Seychelles is an incredible archipelago of 115 islands nestled on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Among the 115 islands, 41 are granitic islands and the remaining 74 comprises of coralline islands and few atolls. Between 4 to 10 degrees south of the Equator, this fabulous archipelago has a population of approximately 89,173 inhabitants.

Seychelles has 3 main islands: Mahé, La Digue and Praslin, where Mahé is the largest and most developed island in the archipelago. The capital city Victoria in Mahé is the smallest city in the world.

Constantly acclaimed for its legendary beauty, Seychelles is home to the world’s most beautiful beaches, sceneries and a rare and unique flora and fauna. 50% of Seychelles landmass is classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Summer in Seychelles

Summer in Seychelles is warm, humid and lively. Summertime starts from November to April where temperature reaches its peaks in January and February. Temperature can climb up to 31°c during the day and fall down to 28°c in the evening. Seychelles is located outside the cyclone zone.

Attractions and Activities

The Seychelles archipelago comprises of many stunning and unspoiled beaches among which Anse Source d’Argent is the Star. The magical effect of Anse source d’Argent has even mesmerized the Hollywood directors, many films featured this tropical gem.

Anse Lazio, the co-star of Anse source d’Argent is also remarkable. As per Lonely Planet, Anse Lazio is the best beach of Praslin, an amazing spot away from the hectic hustle and bustle of daily routine.  For accommodation check out hotel in Praslin and villa in Praslin.

Other attractions include: Vallée de Mai National Park, Morne Seychellois National Park, Natural History Museum, Bird Island and Aride Island.

Scuba diving in the Indian Ocean

Activities include:

  1. Scuba Diving
  2. Kitesurfing
  3. Surfing
  4. Banana Rides
  5. Snorkeling
  6. Golf
  7. Horse Riding
  8. Zip Lining
  9. Rock Climbing
  10. Island Hopping

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Réunion

Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island

Réunion Island, once known as Ile Bourbon is a French department located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 2,512 km². About 200 km southwest of Mauritius, Ile de la Reunion is more popular for its volcanoes, especially, Piton de la Fournaise which adds a special touch to the uniqueness of the island.

The island is inhabited by nearly 844,994 persons and the shores of the islands are constantly gaining meters with each major eruption of the massive Piton de la Fournaise. The capital city Saint-Denis is well known for its architectural houses.

Ile de la Reunion has a lot to offer, from beaches, iconic volcanoes, rich biodiversity and picturesque landscape to a lovely culture.

Summer in Reunion

The Island enjoys a tropical climate nearly all year round. The atmosphere in summer is sunny, warm and humid where occasional breezes soften the climate. Summer is from November to April, similar to her sister island Mauritius. Average temperature is 26°c in this period.

Attractions and Activities

Attractions: Piton des Neiges, Piton de la Fournaise, Bassin Aigrettes Saint Gilles les Bain, Cirque de Cilaos, Cirque de Mafate, Cirque de Salazie and Miracle Church.

Parachute jumping in Indian Ocean

Activities:

  1. Hiking
  2. Canyoning
  3. Paragliding
  4. Parachute Jumping
  5. Scuba Diving
  6. Glass bottom boat trip
  7. Kitesurfing
  8. Surfing
  9. Big Game Fishing
  10. Jet Skiing

Have a nice trip to the majestic Indian Ocean!

The sensation of being on holiday eternally, the feeling of being on La Digue Island of the Seychelles! The atmosphere is relaxed. Locals moving on their bike while humming! The life on the island seems to have stopped some fifty years ago.  La Digue is a small island. Only 5 km long and 3 km wide.

It may seems bizarre but you will find no real roads on La Digue! So no need to rent a car. On the west of the island are found the only three villages of the island: La Passe, La Réunion and L’Union. The small villages are clustered and form a group of houses.

The island of La Digue is the most photographed of the islands of the Seychelles with its magnificent granite rocks bathing in turquoise water and its beautiful white sandy beaches! Moreover, La Digue is the most chosen honeymoon destination.  Every year, a large number of couples coming from outside the Seychelles celebrate their weddings on this picturesque island. The island has only one luxury hotel, the rest of the accommodation being mostly guesthouses, villas or apartments for rent (self-catering). The island has no airport or aerodrome, but a heliport connects by Mahé Island found about 45 km away.

The island of La Digue rises to 333 m above sea level. Here, the population is mainly black and many men wear dreadlocks similar to those of “Bob Marley”! With its beaches, La Digue is certainly the most beautiful island of the Seychelles.

La Digue Beaches

The different beaches are accessible by bike or by foot. Neither will you find crowded beaches, nor beaches with sunbeds or umbrellas that often spoil the landscape! Everything is almost wild and just perfect! Some beaches are protected by a coral reef, making swimming very enjoyable, while other beaches are beset by high waves and strong currents, it is then necessary to be very careful when swimming (when allowed). In general, a panel indicates danger.

Anse source d’Argent

Anse-Source-d'Argent
Anse Source d’Argent

To get to Anse Source D’argent the best way is to take a sandy trail which will quickly take you  to the famous beach. You will fall in love with this sublime Anse, the Island’s most beautiful site and certainly the Seychelles! It is here that almost all the clichés representing the Seychelles are made. Anse Source d’Argent is characterized by large granite rocks eroded by waves. The site is protected by a coral reef and thus offers a calm sea for bathers. Depending on the tide, swimming is more or less easy. At low tide, the depth is very low and the bottom covered with algae.

Anse Coco

Petite Anse and Anse Coco are separated by a small peninsula called Pointe Turcy. A twenty minutes walk is necessary to reach Anse Coco from Petite Anse. Again, a beautiful deserted beach without building uplifting the landscape! There is very little shade and the sea is also dangerous. Be cautious if you want to swim.

Anse-Coco
Anse Coco

La Digue Fauna and Flora

Apart from the beaches, the island is covered with thick jungle with some walkable paths allowing you to discover the beauty of the unique flora of the Seychelles. The island of La Digue is the refuge of the “Black Widow” which are magnificent black birds endemic to the Seychelles. During the day you cannot miss the flight of the big Roussette bats.

La Digue: How to get there?

The Seychelles consist of One hundred and fifteen islands spread over a total area of One thousand two hundred square kilometers. The island of La Digue is only two hundred kilometers from the main island of Mahé and its international airport. To reach the island of La Digue, there are only two main options.

By boat

The island of La Digue is generally reached by boat from the islands of Mahé (45 km) or Praslin (7 km).  You only have to report to the port to have a precise schedules of the departures. The journey from La Digue Island to the main island Mahé is about one hour and ten minutes (70 minutes) provided that the boat does not stop in Praslin.

The travel will cost you about Sixty Euros (60 Euros) for a one way ticket. The voyage between Praslin and La Digue is about fifteen minutes (15 minutes) and costs about 15 Euros for a one way ticket. The sea is very often rough outside the lagoons. Do not be surprised if ever you have some seasickness. Take some precautions before the departure (anti-seasickness pills).

Helicopter

The second way to get to La Digue is somehow less conventional but more fun. The flight from Praslin to La Digue takes about ten minutes. There are definitely many advantages in taking the helicopter to go to La Digue. Maybe you have never taken it before and you want to try this lifetime awesome experience. Nevertheless, you will admire the turquoise lagoons of the Seychelles and take some amazing photos of the picturesque islands.

Even though being expensive, it is definitely worth the try.

La Digue: La Veuve Noir Reserve

 La-Veuve-Noir-des-Seychelles
La Veuve Noir des Seychelles

It is in La Digue that you will the last Flycatchers of the paradise island of Seychelles (or Black Widow), a bird that found uniquely in “La Veuve Noir” Reserve created exclusively to this bird. In 2012, it is estimated that about three hundred of these birds could be found on the island of La Digue. The reserve is located near the village of La Réunion. Admission is free but donations are most welcomed! An information center provides explanations on the functioning of the reserve and the life of the birds. Trails through the reserve is easy and fun.

La Digue: The small neighboring islands

From La Digue, it is very easy to reach the small islands and islets scattered around. These islets include Félicité, Cocos, Grande Soeur, Petite Sœur and Marianne. To visit these islands, it is necessary to organize a tour, either by negotiating a private boat or by joining a group. It costs about fifty Euros per half day or a hundred Euros per day. The price will depend mostly on the islands visited and type of meals included. The islands are mainly visited for snorkelling or diving. Best place to try your diving equipment!