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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.

  • The Plantation Restaurant, The Residence, Mauritius

    Mauritius 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.

    8 days from $2,245pp

  • Hawskbill turtles hatching on Bird Island

    Seychelles Family Adventure

    • Explore Praslin Island from a great central location

    • Snorkel on the colourful reefs off Mahe and Praslin

    • Visit the giant tortoises on nearby island La Digue

    • Enjoy a great range of activities and watersports

    11 days from $2,570pp

  • The sea is turquoise in Mauritius

    Mauritius 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.

    10 days from $2,700pp

  • Stilt fishermen just outside Galle

    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.

    8 days from $2,710pp

  • Botanical Gardens, Kandy

    Sri Lanka for families

    • 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 $3,260pp

  • Mauritius is fringed by idyllic beaches

    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.

    10 days from $3,310pp

  • Houseboat, Kerala

    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.

    12 days from $3,370pp

  • Spotted deer, Yala National Park

    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.

    10 days from $3,545pp

  • diademed sifaka, Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar

    Madagascar rainforest & island escape

    • Hear the haunting call of the indri across the Andasibe rainforest at dawn.

    • Search for a variety of lemurs and other wildlife while hiking through the rainforest.

    • Take a bike ride through the small villages of Île Sainte-Marie.

    • Enjoy a picnic on one of the island’s idyllic deserted beaches.

    • Go whale watching off Madagascar’s eastern coast (seasonal).

    11 days from $3,855pp

  • Snorkelling around the rocks at La Reserve

    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 rich history of the Seychelles third largest island - Silhouette Island

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

    11 days from $3,885pp

  • Lioncub, Lake Manyara National Park

    Classic Tanzania: Safari & Beach

    • Search for wild dog, lion, elephant and buffalo on game drives in Selous Game Reserve.

    • 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 $4,670pp

  • Chameleon, Amber Mountain National Park (Montagne D'Ambre), Madagascar

    Rainforests & beaches of Northern Madagascar

    • Walk to the waterfalls in Amber Mountain National Park, finding chameleons as small as your thumbnail on the way.

    • Lie on Nosy Komba's white sandy beaches watching the local fisherman paddle past in their pirogues.

    • Explore the Ankarana Special Reserve at night, looking for sportive lemurs, chameleons and more.

    13 days from $4,910pp

  • A young leopard, Yala

    On the Leopard's Trail in Sri Lanka

    • Track leopard in the Yala National Park.

    • Explore the rainforest of Sinharaja.

    • Follow the herds of Elephants in Uda Walawe.

    • 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 $5,265pp

  • The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

    Tanzania's Spice Islands

    • Enjoy the superb snorkelling and diving in the Mafia Archipelago.

    • Relax on a private island complete with pristine white beaches.

    • Visit one of Zanzibar's famous spice plantations.

    • Explore Stone Town's winding streets, learning about the region’s mix of Arabic and African cultures.

    13 days from $5,745pp

  • Sifaka at Anjajavy

    Hidden Madagascar Honeymoon

    • Watch lemurs and sifakas roam the gardens of the hotel.

    • Explore the nearby forest looking for chameleons and lemurs.

    • Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch on an idyllic private beach.

    • Take a sunset cruise through the mangroves.

    13 days from $6,445pp

  • Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

    Gorilla tracking & Zanzibar adventure

    • 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 $6,520pp

  • Denis Island, Seychelles

    Luxury Seychelles: Praslin & Denis Private Island

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

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

    • 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.

    13 days from $6,755pp

  • Al Fresco dining on MY Pegasus

    Cruising in the Seychelles

    • Discover Mahe'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 $6,780pp

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