Indian Ocean Holidays

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

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

£4,499 pp

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,099 pp

The Fortress
Infinity pool, Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,499 pp

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Felicite Island

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£4,799 pp

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Time Zone

Maldives - GMT +5 hours, Mauritius and Seychelles - GMT +4 hours, Sri Lanka GMT+5:30

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

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

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka or the Seychelles.

Paradise islands are ten a penny in the Indian Ocean. This vast expanse – the world’s third-largest – is scattered with pristine pockets of land in every size and shape, all the way from Africa’s southern tip to Australia. You’ll live out all your desert island dreams on the beaches of the Maldives, Mauritius, and the Seychelles. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s temples and tea plantations will leave you craving more in the way of culture.

  • Luxury spas

    Relax to the max at one of the Indian Ocean’s world class spas, whose exquisite beach or jungle surroundings enhance your stay. Be pampered with an exfoliating facial or soothing wrap using fresh, local ingredients like seaweed and coconut. Lie back for a Thai or Indian massage then take the plunge in a deep hot tub. Work up a sweat at a yoga class at sunset, or rejuvenate with morning meditation among the palm trees.

  • Otentik Cook Class, Mauritius

    Cultural discoveries

    With a mix of African, Indian, Asian, French, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences, every cultural element combines, to create a melting pot of customs, cuisine and art. Visit temples and mosques, admire colonial buildings, haggle for handicrafts at busy markets and watch vibrant dance displays. Be fascinated by the variety of languages and the fruits of the cultural combinations, all co-existing in this tropical heaven.

  • Marine life, Seychelles

    Snorkelling and scuba diving

    The Indian Ocean is alive – admire intricate coral reefs and get close to the fish, turtles and rays by scuba diving or simply heading out into the lagoon with a snorkel and mask. Waters are clear so visibility is high. If you’re new to diving, experience the joy of breathing underwater for the first time by taking a beginner dive, with clownfish and seahorses as your companions.

Best time to visit the Indian Ocean

Select month

Average weather in January

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
8mm
Mauritius
28ºC
228mm
Seychelles
28ºC
380mm
Sri Lanka
31ºC
62mm

Average weather in February

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
3mm
Mauritius
28ºC
228mm
Seychelles
29ºC
270mm
Sri Lanka
31ºC
69mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
7mm
Mauritius
28ºC
178mm
Seychelles
30ºC
220mm
Sri Lanka
32ºC
130mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
32ºC
10mm
Mauritius
27ºC
178mm
Seychelles
30ºC
180mm
Sri Lanka
29ºC
253mm

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
20mm
Mauritius
26ºC
101mm
Seychelles
30ºC
160mm
Sri Lanka
31ºC
382mm

Average weather in June

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
18mm
Mauritius
24ºC
76mm
Seychelles
28ºC
90mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
186mm

Average weather in July

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
18mm
Mauritius
23ºC
76mm
Seychelles
27ºC
80mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
125mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
26mm
Mauritius
23ºC
76mm
Seychelles
27ºC
70mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
114mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
11mm
Mauritius
24ºC
50mm
Seychelles
28ºC
130mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
236mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
31mm
Mauritius
25ºC
50mm
Seychelles
28ºC
160mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
369mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
25mm
Mauritius
27ºC
50mm
Seychelles
29ºC
220mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
310mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
12mm
Mauritius
28ºC
152mm
Seychelles
28ºC
330mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
168mm
  • 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

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    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

    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 Indian Ocean destinations

Indian Ocean

Reunion Island

Reunion Island
Anse Source d Argent Beach, 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

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