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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 Indian Ocean

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in 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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Sri Lanka's south coast

  • 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.

9 Days from £2,095pp

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Family Getaway

  • 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.

10 Days from £2,380pp

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Coast to Coast

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

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

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

12 Days from £2,675pp

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Seychelles island hopping

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

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

  • Discover the fantastic birdlife of Bird Island and see the giant tortoises

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

13 Days from £2,995pp

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Luxurious 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.

12 Days from £3,080pp

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Kerala & the 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.

13 Days from £3,115pp

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Sri Lanka's wildlife highlights

  • 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 Rainforest Biosphere, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Spot elephants in Uda Walawe National Park.

11 Days from £3,240pp

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