5 Most Amazing Indian Ocean Holidays

Only a hop, skip and jump away, the beaches and islands of the Indian Ocean are a no-brainer option for South African sunseekers. Flights times are negligible, and rates are competitive – but the actual experiences are priceless.

Palm-fringed shores, glittering coral reefs, powder-soft beaches and colourful cuisines await… Here’s some inspiration for your next Indian Ocean holiday.

1. Maldives

5 Most Amazing Indian Ocean Holidays

Take your pick of Maldives resort islands, idle onto shore, and ditch your flip-flops for Crusoe-chic luxury at its best. Holidays to the Maldives are perfect for beach addicts, adventurers, foodies, cocktail buffs, romantic couples and fun-seeking families.

2. Seychelles

Picture powder-white beaches, cerulean waters and lush hills; with 115 Indian Ocean islands on which to be cast away in style, Seychelles holidays transform daydreams into reality. Explore ribbons of beaches, lounge beneath shaded pergolas, and let the slow, slow tempo of the islands match your tidal idle. This is paradise found.

3. Mauritius

5 Most Amazing Indian Ocean Holidays

Labelled by Mark Twain as “heaven on earth,” Mauritius holidays live up to the hype: this is where luxury-seekers, honeymooners and travelling families find their place in the sun. Relaxation is at the heart of a holiday in Mauritius. Dig your toes into the powder-soft sand at Trou Aux Biches, indulge in some retail therapy at Grand Baie, savour the island’s sun-drenched atmosphere at Tamarin Bay or savour Mauritian rum at Chamarel.

4. Zanzibar

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Zanzibar is where sensory pleasures and mystical romance collide. Easily-accessible but fittingly far-flung, a Zanzibar holiday from South Africa will leave you with memories of lazy beach days, vivid explorations of the island’s undersea treasures, and the lingering flavours of a fascinating blended culture.

5. Mozambique

5 Most Amazing Indian Ocean Holidays

Mozambique has long been a go-to destination for South Africans but is only now emerging on the international tourism scene for its combination of wild beauty, Afro-Portuguese culture and exclusive private islands. Self-drive or fly-in; now is the time to experience authentic Mozambique, from partying in the Art Deco capital of Maputo, to snorkelling or diving the country’s untouched coral reefs.

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