Bordered by the dramatic landscapes of Africa and the cultural melting pot of Asia, our Indian Ocean tours offer a wealth of unforgettable experiences for culture-seekers, lovers of the outdoors and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
During our 12-day Seychelles Island-Hopping tour, you’ll enjoy superb snorkelling among vibrant coral reefs in the pristine turquoise waters off the coast of Mahe, with the chance to spot whale sharks, clown fish and sea turtles. Lie back on the powdery palm-fringed beaches of Anse Lazio and Anse Intendance, then explore the rustic villages of La Digue by ox-drawn cart on an island entirely free of motorised vehicles. Hike the rugged and mountainous ridges of Praslin, listening out for the song of the Seychelles blue pigeon and the call of the Eurasian hobby as they soar above, before trekking through lush jungles of coco der mer trees at the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.
Alternatively, immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s fascinating culture as part of our four-day World Heritage Sri Lanka tour. Climb the towering ancient fortress of Sigiriya Rock, believed to be occupied by Buddhist monks from as early as the third century BC, before exploring Dambulla Rock Temple and its extensive cave network . Observe intricate rock paintings and historic Buddhist statues, while discovering the stories of prehistoric Sri Lankans depicted on its walls. Embark on an afternoon game drive through the lush jungles of Minneriya National Park to spot some of the world’s largest elephant herds in their natural environment. Your trip culminates in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kandy, as you take to two wheels and cycle through the verdant countryside, with undulating hills and vivid tea plantations all around. Visit the sacred 16th century Temple of the Tooth, admiring its ornate Kandyan architecture and meticulous ceiling murals, and browse locally crafted lacquerware at traditional bazaars.
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“I recommend taking in the beauty of Indian Ocean aboard a catamaran cruise. Not only will you be able to access some of the more remote islands of the Seychelles, but nothing beats the feel of the sea breeze running through your hair as you explore the open ocean.”
“Foodies will revel in Seychellois cuisine – locally sourced fish is plentiful, and is usually prepared with rice in a curry dish with traditional Creole spices, or steamed in a banana leaf. If the spices prove too hot, make sure you try sosis rougay (spiced or salted pork sausage served in a rich tomato sauce with garlic and herbs).”
“Remember to bring a rucksack with you during your journey through Sri Lanka – the country has imposed a plastic bag ban in place here, in order the preserve the environment.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What currency should I use in the Seychelles?
The official currency of the Seychelles is the Seychellois rupee. Cash machines are in abundance here, however not all machines accept foreign cards, and your bank may charge international usage feesin addition to withdrawal fees. It is suggested you convert your cash prior to arrival to ensure optimum exchange rates. US dollars are also accepted in a number of hotels, bars and restaurants, however we recommend that you enquire with vendors as to what they would prefer to be paid in.
What language is spoken in Sri Lanka?
There are two officially recognised languages across Sri Lanka, those being Tamil and Sinhala. English is the language of commerce and is widely used in education. Arriving prepared with a Tamil and Sinhala phrasebook will aid communication with the locals where English is not as easily understood, and locals will appreciate your willingness to learn their language.
When is the best time to visit the Seychelles?
The Seychelles enjoys a year-round tropical climate with an average daily temperature of around 29°C. You’ll enjoy the warmest weather from March through until May, though you can expect milder, less humid conditions between October and November.
Whether you’re a lover of nature and wildlife, trekking through the dense jungle of Praslin in search of endemic birds; relaxing on the white sands of tranquil Anse Lazio; or learning more of the culture and traditions of Sri Lanka’s many ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites, our Indian Ocean tours will provide something for discerning travellers with an array of interests.
Why you'll love the Indian Ocean...
• Spotting clownfish and sea turtles among the coral in the aquamarine waters of Mahe
• Hiking through the stunning Vallée De Mai Nature Reserve
• Taking in panoramic vistas from the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
• Visiting a tea plantation in the tranquil Kandy countryside
• Exploring the cave networks of Dambulla Rock Temple
• Witnessing herds of elephants at the Minneriya National Park
• Browsing antiques and hand-crafted souvenirs at the Victoria markets
• Relaxing on one of the Seychelles’ remote beaches
• Travelling through La Digue’s charming villages by an ox-drawn cart
• Sampling spices and taking a cookery class in Matale
• Stepping back in time to the 11th century ruins of the Royal Palace in Polonnaruwa
Did you know?
• The national sport of Sri Lanka is volleyball.
• Known as the ‘queen of the night’, the Kadapul flower in Sri Lanka blooms once a year in the middle of the night, only to wilt by sunrise.
• The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean in the world, with a year-round average temperature of around 24°C.
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