Take an ox cart ride around La Digue.
Cycle to Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue — one of the Seychelles' most famous and beautiful beaches.
Swim and snorkel from the idyllic l'Archipel beach, a crescent of perfect white sand.
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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Stroll along the stunning beaches of La Digue.
Explore the fascinating Vallée de Mai.
Hire a bike and visit a secluded beach for a picnic.
Snorkel the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the colorful coral reefs around the Seychelles.
Relax and enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches on Mauritius.
Explore the island's coastline by kayak or canoe.
Savor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Zanzibar Archipelago and Tanzania
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.
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.
Sri Lanka and Maldives
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kenya and Zanzibar Archipelago
Explore the fascinating Ol Pejeta Conservancy in northern Kenya, famous for its excellent population of rhino.
Visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Northern White Rhino conservation project.
Stay in two fantastic Kicheche Camps which offer some of the best certified guiding in Kenya.
Relax beside the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean on Zanzibar, staying at a boutique beach resort.
View wildlife in the world-famous Masai Mara, an excellent place to spot predators such as lion.
Explore the Arabian desert in a vintage Landrover
Visit Dubai’s many landmarks and see the city from above at the iconic Burj Khalifa
Spend a morning pampering yourself with a spa treatment in the world’s first underwater spa at Huvafen Fushi
Dive in the North Malé Atoll, with the chance of seeing grey reef sharks, stingrays and incredible coral