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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 £1,800pp

  • 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 snorkelling and diving on day trips.

    7 days from £1,895pp

  • 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-motorised water activities to explore the ocean.
    • The hotel also offers scuba diving with the Belle Mare diving centre for guests.

    7 days from £2,140pp

  • 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.

    13 days from £2,530pp

  • Aerial View, Sands Suites Resort & Spa, Mauritius

    Sands Suites Resort & Dubai

    Mauritius and Dubai
    • Discover Dubai’s unique melting pot taking a trip along the river to the souqs and enjoying dinner out in the dunes before flying over to the Indian Ocean for a relaxing week on the beach in Mauritius.

    12 days from £2,590pp

  • 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.

    10 days from £2,735pp

  • 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.

    12 days from £2,825pp

  • 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.

    9 days from £3,200pp

  • Water Pool Villa, Baros Maldives, Maldive Island

    Baros Maldives & Kandy

    Maldives and Sri Lanka
    • Spend a few days hiking and biking round Sri Lanka’s countryside, visiting tea factories and exploring Kandy’s temples before flying to the paradise island setting of the Maldives for a week.

    12 days from £3,245pp

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

    13 days from £3,360pp

  • Kempinski Mahe, Mahe

    Les Villas D'Or & Mahé

    Seychelles
    • Explore Praslin’s small villages and lush Valle de Mai National Park with its magnificent coco de mer palms then head to the Kempinski resort on Mahé for days filled with activity both on land and beach.

    13 days from £3,420pp

  • 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.

    12 days from £3,540pp

  • 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.

    13 days from £3,650pp

  • 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.

    12 days from £4,380pp

  • COMO Cocoa Island, Maldive Island

    Cocoa Island & Dubai

    Maldives and Dubai
    • Spend a few days exploring Dubai's contrasts between old and new, city and desert before flying to the Maldives for a week relaxing on a beautiful island.

    12 days from £4,465pp

  • 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.

    10 days from £4,475pp

  • Huvafen Fushi, Maldive Island

    Huvafen Fushi & Dubai

    Maldives and Dubai
    • After three nights in Dubai to see the landmarks of this city state and experience the desert fly to the Maldives for seven nights in a luxurious resort.

    11 days from £4,890pp