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Indian Ocean tour ideas

If the thought of a trip to the Indian Ocean conjures up images of dreamy white beaches, turquoise seas and verdant forests rich in wildlife, you’ll find our sample itineraries offer invaluable inspiration on just where to go and what to do.

Devised by our Indian Ocean specialists and based on routes they know work particularly well, our tour ideas aim to show you what is possible, whether you dream of going island-hopping in the Seychelles, want to combine Sri Lanka’s temples with the beaches of the Maldives, hike through the mountains and forests of Mauritius or track lemurs in Madagascar. We’ll then tailor your trip to your interests, ensuring you get the most out of your time in the region.

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Ideas for your trip to the Indian Ocean

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Indian Ocean, and they showcase some of the routes that we've found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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  • Lakaz Chamarel, Mauritius West Coast

    Lakaz Chamarel break

    Mauritius
    • The ecolodge is set in the heart of the stunning Black River gorges nature reserve.
    • Only 10 to 15 minutes away from the island's most beautiful beaches.
    • 20 individual lodges are set in stunning mature gardens, with outdoor showers and natural décor.
    • Dine alfresco on delicious Mauritian dishes fresh from the barbecue.

    7 days from CAD1,605pp

  • Les Villas D'Or, Praslin

    Les Villas D'Or break

    Seychelles
    • Each of the suites and villas features a private plunge pool and stunning views.
    • Dine by Design offers guests the chance to design the setting and menu a private dinner.
    • Award-winning spa providing traditional Asian wellness experiences.
    • Secretive location set among huge palm trees and descending right onto the white sand beach.
    • Options for snorkeling and diving on day trips.

    7 days from CAD1,985pp

  • Pool, La Maison D'Ete, Mauritius

    La Maison d'Été

    Mauritius
    • Enjoy delicious Mauritian cuisine right on the beach, with the sand under your feet.
    • All rooms have a private terrace overlooking the azure waters of the coral lagoon.
    • Guests have access to many non-motorized water activities to explore the ocean.
    • The hotel also offers scuba diving with the Belle Mare diving center for guests.

    7 days from CAD2,180pp

  • Stilt fishermen just outside Galle

    Sri Lanka's south coast

    Sri Lanka
    • Stay within the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Explore the various boutiques within the fort walls.

    • Take time out to relax on the beautiful southwest coast.

    • Visit architect Geoffrey Bawa's Brief Garden.

    8 days from CAD3,270pp

  • Hawskbill turtles hatching on Bird Island

    Seychelles family adventure

    Seychelles
    • Explore Praslin Island from a great central location.

    • Visit the giant tortoises on nearby island La Digue.

    • Enjoy a great range of activities and water sports.

    • Snorkel on the colourful reefs off Mahé and Praslin.

    11 days from CAD3,405pp

  • The Plantation Restaurant, The Residence, Mauritius

    Mauritius family getaway

    Mauritius
    • Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.

    • Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.

    • Savour the decadent cuisine and attention to detail in one of the hotel's seven restaurants.

    • Take advantage of the many children's activities at the Belle Mare Plage.

    8 days from CAD3,425pp

  • The sea is turquoise in Mauritius

    Mauritius coast to coast

    Mauritius
    • Experience the vast sandy beaches of Mauritius' east coast.

    • Pass through lush sugar plantations as you explore the island.

    • Explore the southern part of the island, taking picnics to sandy coves, and exploring colourful local towns.

    10 days from CAD3,720pp

  • Houseboat, Kerala

    Kerala & the Maldives

    India and Maldives
    • Fort Cochin's colonial atmosphere and architecture.

    • Tea tasting in the high hills of Munnar.

    • Boat safari in Periyar National Park.

    • Stay overnight on a traditional rice barge.

    • Snorkel, scuba and swim in the Maldives.

    12 days from CAD4,800pp

  • Mauritius is fringed by idyllic beaches

    Luxurious Mauritius

    Mauritius
    • Relax on the beautiful sandy beach — book in hand and cold drink on the table beside you.

    • Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment.

    • Book a car for the day and set off for a hike in the mountains before descending to a sandy beach for a spot of sunbathing and swimming.

    10 days from CAD4,995pp

  • Snorkelling around the rocks at La Reserve

    Seychelles island-hopping

    Seychelles
    • Lie back and relax on a stunning Seychelles beach with a good book!

    • Hire a car and explore the tropical rainforest on the interior of Praslin Island.

    • Discover the rich history of the Seychelles' third largest island — Silhouette Island.

    • Take a snorkeling trip to explore the coral reefs that teem with tropical fish.

    11 days from CAD5,150pp

  • Spotted deer, Yala National Park

    Sri Lanka's wildlife highlights

    Sri Lanka
    • Explore rural villages and rolling hills dotted with tea bushes in the Tea Country.

    • Track leopard in the Yala National Park.

    • Take a walk through the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    • Spot elephants in Udawalawe National Park.

    9 days from CAD5,640pp

  • Botanical Gardens, Kandy

    Sri Lanka for families

    Sri Lanka
    • Relax in the beautiful countryside.

    • Explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural treasures.

    • Spot elephants on safari.

    • Enjoy the sunshine on untouched beaches.

    • Drink tea surrounded by tea plantations.

    13 days from CAD6,870pp

  • Galle, Sri Lanka

    Private stay on Sri Lanka's south coast

    Sri Lanka
    • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort.

    • Relax in the privacy of your luxury beachfront villa.

    • Cycle through the paddy fields and jungle surrounding Galle.

    • Learn to cook traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with a local expert.

    • Watch whales and dolphins from your private boat.

    • Discover the art of Sri Lankan mask painting.

    10 days from CAD7,175pp

  • Lion cub, Lake Manyara National Park

    Classic Tanzania: safari & beach

    Tanzania and Zanzibar Archipelago
    • Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Nyerere National Park.

    • Enjoy a sunset boat trip along the Rufiji River, looking out for hippo, crocodiles and waders.

    • Follow animal tracks and learn about smaller wildlife species on guided bush walks.

    • Relax on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and explore the island’s spice farms.

    10 days from CAD7,980pp

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sri Lanka

    Northern Sri Lanka tour including Jaffna

    Sri Lanka
    • Watch traditional dancing in the cultural capital, Kandy.

    • Stand on top of Sigiriya Rock and admire the views.

    • Walk through the ruins of historical Anuradhapura.

    • Discover the tourist free Tamil areas of the north.

    • Bargain hard in Colombo's Pettah Market.

    14 days from CAD8,150pp

  • Leopard in Yala National Park

    Highlights of Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka
    • Learn all about Sri Lanka's fascinating Buddhist history.

    • Enjoy a scenic train journey through tea plantations.

    • Search for leopards in Yala National Park.

    • Absorb the atmosphere of quaint colonial Galle.

    • Relax on a Maldivian island.

    20 days from CAD8,700pp

  • Denis Island, Seychelles

    Luxury Seychelles: Praslin & Denis Private Island

    Seychelles
    • Explore the rainforest on Praslin and eat lunch on the sand at the beautiful bay of Anse Lazio.

    • Spend a morning really spoiling yourself with a pampering spa treatment at the Lemuria Resort.

    • Snorkel the reefs off Denis Island where you can see parrot fish, moorish idols, boxfish, rays, turtles and more.

    • Watch fairy terns and white-tailed tropicbirds fly overhead as you relax on one of Denis Island's deserted beaches.

    13 days from CAD8,955pp

  • Al Fresco dining on MY Pegasus

    Cruising in the Seychelles

    Seychelles
    • Discover Mahé's history on a private island tour.

    • Cruise the Seychelles' inner islands.

    • Learn about the native coco de mer palm.

    • Enjoy the flavours of traditional Creole food.

    • Spot nesting seabirds and hawksbill turtles on Cousin Island.

    11 days from CAD8,990pp

  • Leopard in Yala National Park

    On the leopard's trail in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka
    • Track leopard in the Yala National Park.

    • Explore the rainforest of Sinharaja.

    • Follow the herds of elephants in Udawalawe.

    • Take a morning excursion to spot the blue whale and dolphins.

    • Climb Sigiriya Rock, past ancient wall paintings and carved lions feet, before emerging to panoramic views of the Sri Lankan countryside.

    • Take a train into the heart of the tea growing area.

    15 days from CAD9,175pp

  • Palm Jumeirah Island, Dubai

    Dubai & the Maldives

    Dubai and Maldives
    • Explore Dubai's rich history on a private guided tour.

    • Head out across the dunes of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve in a 4x4.

    • Relax in your own private plunge pool.

    • Take a treatment in the world’s first underwater spa.

    • Dine on a candlelit Maldivian beach watching the sun set across the Indian Ocean.

    11 days from CAD9,885pp

  • Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

    Gorilla tracking & Zanzibar adventure

    Rwanda and Zanzibar Archipelago
    • The highlight of this trip is the gorilla trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, an unforgettable experience!

    • You can also explore more of Rwanda's beautiful countryside and search for golden monkeys on a second guided hike.

    • Finish your adventures with time relaxing on Zanzibar's white sandy beaches and swimming in the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

    10 days from CAD11,635pp

  • Masai Mara, Kenya

    Mara & Mahé explorer

    Kenya and Seychelles
    • Enjoy some superb game viewing in the Masai Mara.

    • Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Seychelles looking for turtles.

    • Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean.

    13 days from CAD13,265pp