The Indian Ocean boasts some of the most brilliant beaches, and a lot of these are found at its incredible islands.
With relatively warmer waters, bluer skies, the sun on your back, and a cold glass of your favourite in your hand, what more could you ask for?
Off the coast of southeast Africa is the 4th largest island in the world, Madagascar. French and Malagasy are the spoken languages in this island country, which also includes a number of smaller surrounding islands. Because of the sheer size and number of islands, one would choose the regions to visit depending on the time of the year. Nosy Ankao is the place to be for a luxurious stay, and Nosy Be is a popular all-round destination. A journey to Madagascar promises one of the most biodiverse experiences, with over 100 species of lemur (made famous by the DreamWorks movie Madagascar) and many different chameleon species and indigenous plants, all with radiant rainforests and reefs as the backdrop.
To the east of Madagascar is the evergreen vacation destination of Mauritius. Here too, French is spoken, along with Creole, but English is the official language. Spend your time visiting the markets and fishing villages, or visiting the creatures of the sea in diving or snorkelling expeditions. Sightseeing in Mauritius will give you unique scenes, such as the exceptional Seven Coloured Earth in Chamarel, which will have you agree with the saying ‘seeing is believing’. On the other hand, you can join in on the cosmopolitan nightlife in the city of Grand Baie. To feel the real beach paradise ambience, choose from our selection of resorts, lodges and hotels. Whatever you want from your island holiday, Mauritius has it.
North from Mauritius is the archipelago (cluster of islands) of Seychelles, a name that inspires imageries and daydreams of the perfect beach getaway. There is a mind-blowing total of 115 islands in the archipelago, although many are uninhabited. The characteristics of these islands differ from each other in either being part of the inner islands or the outer islands, either being a granitic island or a coralline island. They are divided into smaller island groups, but the main islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. You may find yourself spoilt for choice, but where the capital city, Victoria, can be explored in just one day, there will be plenty of time for the rest. Seychelles is a paradise of islands, whether you are looking for a wedding or honeymoon destination, a family vacation, or a seaside adventure.
Coming closer to land, to the west of Seychelles is Zanzibar, the Tanzanian island archipelago. Although the largest of the islands is called Unguja Island, it has become better known as Zanzibar. French and Creole are traded off for KiSwahili here, where African Swahili culture lives among Indo-Arab architecture and influences. A prime example of this is the whimsical Stone Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it is seen as an ‘outstanding material manifestation of cultural fusion and harmonization’, among other reasons. Discover the flavours of Zanzibar by doing the Spice Tour, which also includes some of the exotic fruits of the land. And once your appetite is appeased, of course, spend time at the beach and in the water – you are, after all, on an island.
Whether you’re looking for luxury sojourn or a laid-back holiday with affordable accommodation, we can make it happen!
Once we have all your information and understand the vision for your holiday, we’ll start planning your trip.
With all your plans in place, all you need to do is pack your bags, hop on a plane and travel over land and sea to your destination of choice!