Destination

Indian Ocean Holidays

Desert island dreams

Indian Ocean holidays transport you to island ecstasies of palm tree lined shores, clear blue waters and powder like sand. They’re the stuff of dreams for happy couples, experience hungry teenagers and groups of older travellers. Spend whole days snorkelling in bathwater-like lagoons in the Maldives’  26 atolls and sample spicy, juicy seafood in Mauritius. If it’s pure relaxation you crave, simply kick back in a luxury spa in the Seychelles.

In Sri Lanka, you can draw from an abundance of cultural and sporting options; explore ancient Buddhist ruins, visit tea plantations or head out surfing in huge waves. Reunion Island offers wild, rugged landscapes ripe for exploration by foot – get away from the traffic, breathe and absorb the incredible natural beauty of this French island.

Destination Highlights
  • Sprawl on pristine sandy beaches
  • Bathe in warm, shallow lagoons
  • Snorkel in immaculate waters
  • Immerse yourself in local culture
  • Stay in world-class spa hotels
  • Discover lush natural landscapes
Essential Information
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  • Time Zone Maldives - GMT +5 hours, Mauritius and Seychelles - GMT +4 hours, Sri Lanka GMT+5:30
  • Currency Rufiyaa (Maldives), Mauritian rupee (Mauritius), Seychelles rupee (Seychelles), Sri Lanka rupee (Sri Lanka)
  • Visa Information British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles with a 30 day tourist visit. For travel to Sri Lanka British citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.
  • Language Maldives – Divehi, Sri Lanka - Tamil, Sinhalese, Mauritius and Seychelles - Creole, French and English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time Approx. 11–12 hours; Direct flights from the UK are available to Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Indirect flights from the UK are available to the Maldives and the Seychelles via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other countries
  • Health Information No special vaccinations are required for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka or the Seychelles.

Top Tips from our Experts

Rozario

Destination Specialist

“Take a day trip to Ile aux Cerf Island, where white sandy beaches and island paradise awaits. Also, why not test your swing on the 18-hole championship golf course located on the island?” Mauritius

Tina

Destination Specialist

“Get up nice and early to take part in the island's daily treasure hunt. Bottles are hidden around the island every morning, and each contains a prize ranging from a free coffee at the resort's cafe to spa treatments.” Maldives -LUX* South Ari Atoll

Charlotte

Destination Specialist

“Take a trip to La Digue Island where you won't be bombarded by cars. The island's main form of transport is bicycles, so rent one yourself and visit all the beautiful beaches. If you're lucky, you many even find ancient tortoises.” Seychelles

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Aerial view OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,229 pp

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,079 pp

The Fortress
Infinity pool, Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,499 pp

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Felicite Island

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£4,619 pp

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Our Indian Ocean destinations

Indian Ocean

Reunion Island

Reunion Island
Anse Source d Argent Beach, Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

Seychelles
Beach in Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

Seychelles
Maldives, Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

Maldives

Maldives

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Mauritius

Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Beach View

Indian Ocean

Rodrigues Island

Rodrigues Island

Types of Indian Ocean holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Each country and island can vary between the time of the year, but the Indian Ocean generically has a tropical climate, which means the sunshines mot of the year round with scattered rainfall. 

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