Diving and snorkelling with more manta rays than I could count at Hani Faru Bay in Baa Atoll in the Northern Maldives. It is one of the best spots for mantas anywhere on Earth.
Louisa, Original Traveller
Islands. There's something strangely comforting about holidaying in 'splendid isolation', and while that phrase originally applied to the British Isles, some rather more sunny examples exist in the Indian Ocean.
Rosie is here to help give you the inside track.
Why we think you’ll love it
- While the highest point in the Maldives is a mere 7.9 ft above sea level, the towering Piton des Neiges on Réunion is a more impressive 10,069 ft
From the gallery
Our guide to holidays in Indian Ocean
INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
There are certainly plenty to choose from, ranging from atolls of thousands of tiny palm-fringed coral islands in the Maldives to the more substantial (and considerably more vertical) volcanic outcrops of Mauritius and neighbouring Réunion and the granitic gems of the Seychelles.
LUXURY INDIAN OCEAN HOLIDAYS
All of the above are perfect for honeymoons, with some of the world's finest hotels in situ, but the appeal is far broader than just for those in the first flush of post-wedded bliss. Families will adore the slick service for all ages at the resorts of Mauritius, while divers can enjoy some of the very best diving in the Maldives. Meanwhile the Seychelles islands are just downright spectacular, and our new favourite, Réunion, offers the chance to trek, surf, paraglide and canyon in, on and over incredibly dramatic landscapes.
Did you know
- There are about 1200 islands in the Maldives, 800 of which are still uninhabited
- The Maldives is the lowest country in the world with an average of only 1.5meters above sea level
- Maldivians used to build their houses in coral, a practice which is now forbidden as coral reefs are protected worldwide. Many coral houses still can be seen in Male and local islands
- The Maldives has some of the world's smallest islands measuring no more than a few square meters in size. The largest island barely reaches 6km long.
- The fine coral sand is the result of undigested corals from Parrot Fish, which each produce an estimated ton of sand per year!