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Which Indian Ocean island is for me?

Which Indian Ocean island is for me?

Is there anything as good as that feeling when your feet first touch the sand of somewhere new? We certainly can’t think of anything - especially when that sand comprises a jaw-droppingly beautiful beach looking out over the Indian Ocean.

From Sri Lanka right down to Mauritius, the vast Indian Ocean is home to some of the most beautiful islands in the world. But with so many teeny, tiny yet totally idyllic islands to choose from, how do you know which is best suited to you? Read on to join us on each of these islands, and see which one is most up your street (or should that be beach?).

Wild Mauritius

Sitting to the east of jungles of Madagascar, Mauritius enjoys a subtropical climate and all that comes with it - azure seas, beautiful beaches, sunny skies and expanses of palm trees are all to be expected on this remote collection of islands.

While there's plenty of beauty to surround yourself in if you're looking to relax, there's more to Mauritius than sunbathing. In fact, you'll be able to do practically every type of water sports activity when in this island nation.

There's an abundance of things for the nature-lover to enjoy here, too - Mauritius is home to some of the most exquisite species of tropical birds, hosts giant tortoises and is a popular visiting-spot for practically regal-looking pods of white dolphins.


Few countries can boast comprising 1,200 islands, and when it comes to the Maldives, you might well not venture much further than the private island your resort is likely to sit on! That's right - each resort typically sits on its very own island, offering an incredibly quiet, private and relaxed break.

There's a huge amount of beauty to take in above sea level (think powdery white beaches, and endless blue seas), but head beneath the waves and you'll be introduced to the world like you've never seen it before.

From vibrant coral and schools of tropical fish to big beasties like hammerhead sharks and manta rays, a trip to the Maldives must go hand-in-hand with a diving excursion or two.


Sitting just south of the equator, just a stone's throw (well, around 1,800km) from Africa's east coast, is the Seychelles. Taking shape as 115 islands, the Seychelles fall into two groups, the inner and the outer islands. The inner islands are the ones that you're most likely to set foot on while visiting this stunning region, whereas the outer islands sit further away from the central hub of Mahé.

As you'd expect, the Seychelles are a collective island paradise. Tropical is exactly what you get here - those palm leaf and flamingo-adored shirts won't look remotely out of place as you ponder which of the sun-kissed beaches you're going to visit next.

Whether you fancy getting up-close and personal with some native wildlife by popping on some flippers and going diving, or if you'd like to get up high in the hills to do some magnificent bird-spotting, there's endless animal action to see here on the days 'off' from sun-lounging, but whatever you decide to do, the Seychelles is well-equipped to see you enjoy your trip in true style and luxury.

Sri Lanka

Along with being a truly magical Indian Ocean island, with a whole host of beaches and wildlife to explore, Sri Lanka is also home to an incredible kind of culture with a history that stretches back over 3,000 years.

From elephant safaris to temples and fortresses, visiting Sri Lanka is a must for anyone that can appreciate the tremendous heritage of a place, as much as they can the pristine beaches and luxurious resorts.

Get exploring...

No matter which island in the Indian Ocean you feel is most suited to you, you're guaranteed to have the most incredible and memorable holiday. Take a closer look at the destinations that are on offer to you here... Happy planning!

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  • Maldives
  • Beach
  • Indian Ocean
  • Seychelles
  • Mauritius
  • Sri Lanka
08 Sep 2016 | Virgin Holidays