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Indian Ocean Holidays

Powder-soft sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, swaying palms, and a year-round sunny climate, the Indian Ocean islands have a natural allure that has been attracting travellers for generations.

A holiday to one of these spectacularly beautiful paradise islands, which lie in the Indian Ocean between Africa, Asia and Australia, cannot fail to delight you.

From the Maldives and Mauritius to the Seychelles, there are a total of 62 islands in the Indian Ocean offering a rich diversity. The only problem is choosing which one to visit.

Divers will be delighted by the transparent water clarity and rich marine life in the Seychelles. Foodies should head to Mauritius to discover the delicious traditional Creole cuisine, while walkers will love exploring the volcanoes, waterfalls and canyons on the French Reunion Island.

For unrivalled luxury, the Maldives is the island for you. Whether you hike the smoking caldera of the Piton de la Fournaise. or swim with hawksbill sea turtles in the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean holiday has something for everyone.

Holidays in the Indian Ocean

With paradise island beaches, diverse natural beauty and exquisite resorts, the Indian Ocean islands are a wonderland just waiting to be explored.

With more than 60 islands to choose from, each offering wall-to-wall sunshine and mesmerising landscapes, it can be hard to decide which island is best for you to visit during your Indian Ocean holiday. Why not make the most of your trip by visiting more than one Indian Ocean island with a Hayes & Jarvis multi-centre holiday? Call us today and our Destination Specialists will help you create your dream holiday.

Destination Highlights
  • Observe the world’s largest gathering of Asian elephants at Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka
  • Hike up Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, taking in the dramatic views over Reunion Island along the way
  • Visit the Seven Coloured Earths in Mauritius and delight in seeing the pretty pink rainbow-coloured sand dunes
  • Swim with hawksbill sea turtles off the shores of Coco Island in the Seychelles

Our favourite hotels

Browse our favourite places to stay in the Indian Ocean - we are here to help you find the perfect getaway, where you are wanting an all-inclusive hotels or a sumptuous private water villa. If you can’t see something you like, please call our Destination Specialists who will be more than happy to help.

Aerial view OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

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Guide Price

 £3,799  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

 £1,499  pp

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel
a statue of a large rock

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

The Indian Ocean islands’ tropical climate means that it is warm and sunny all year round, with average temperatures of 23°C to 32°C. However, the highest average rainfall across the islands usually occurs in January and February, so these months are best avoided if you are seeking days of undisturbed sunshine in 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
  • a man smiling for the camera

    Rozario

    Destination Specialist

    Get up nice and early to take part in the Maldives 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 an indulgent spa treatment.

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    In the Seychelles, take a day trip to the beautiful La Digue Island. Here, the main form of transport is a bicycle, so rent one for yourself and spend your time touring all the postcard-worthy beaches.” 

Events & Festivals

Indian Ocean  holidays offer a huge selection of fun events throughout the year and you can plan your holiday to ensure you experience them! Here are a few of our favourites: 

  • Kiteival

    Kiteival is an annual kite surf festival that is held every summer from the end of July to early August in Mauritius. Kite surfers of all levels are invited to come and take part in the competition. Even for spectators it is a joy to watch the participants jumping and twisting in the air as they compete on the island’s most breath-taking beaches.

  • Fete Afrique

    Fete Afrique is a May festival in the Seychelles and is a celebration of the island’s links to Africa. During the two-day event, the Seychelles comes alive as the best of African music, dance and food is showcased.

  • Independence Day

    Enjoy the parades, feasting, live music, traditional dances and much more when celebrating Independence Day in the Maldives. This celebration is to mark the day when the islands of the Maldives gained independence on 26th July, 1965.

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Indian Ocean holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

  • Creole Curry

    Creole curry is a mild curry and a favoured dish in both Mauritius and the Seychelles. It differs from Indian curries in that no cream or yoghurt is added, but is rather a tomato-based sauce. Chicken is often the preferred meat, and it is often left overnight to marinate before cooking.

  • Grilled Octopus

    A Seychelles favourite, grilled octopus is cooked with a heady mix of spice. It’s been an island favourite since the very beginning of visitors arriving in the Seychelles. 

Our Indian Ocean destinations

Water Bungalows, Anantara Spa, Maldives

Indian Ocean

Maldives

Maldives
Beach View

Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Mauritius
Beach View

Indian Ocean

Rodrigues Island

Rodrigues Island
a view of a canyon with Mafate in the background

Indian Ocean

Reunion Island

Reunion Island
Denis Private Island, Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

Seychelles

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