Best beaches in the Indian Ocean

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Best beaches in the Indian Ocean
Best beaches in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is known for boasting some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Whether you are enjoying complete luxury in the Maldives, or experiencing a new and interesting culture in India, these places all have one thing in common – spectacular beaches.

India – Palolem Beach, Goa

Palolem Beach in the famous hippy haven of Goa in India is a major tourist attraction. Gently nestled away from the bustling city, enjoy complete relaxation and tranquility at Palolem Beach. Fringed by swaying palms and offering gloriously turquoise waters, this is any beach lover’s paradise. Savour the laid back atmosphere while soaking up the sun in India.

Kenya – Diani Beach

Imagine the epitome of idyllic bliss and images of Diani Beach should come to mind. Diani Beach is most famous for its long white beach, azure waters and coconut trees. Spend your days whiling on the sun drenched beach, and as the sun sets, retreat to your beach resort for world class seafood and an exuberant nightlife.

Madagascar – Ile Sainte Marie

This idyllic beach lies about 8 kilometres off the eastern shore of Madagascar and offers a peaceful respite from the bustle of the city. Ile Saint Marie is also a haven for whale watching in season, usually between July and September. Here you will also find some of the Indian Ocean’s premier diving locations.

Maldives – Banyan Tree, Cocoa Island, Nika, Sovena Fushi Islands etc

The Maldives is one of the more popular of the Indian Ocean islands and welcomes visitors with sparkling azure waters, silky soft sand and warm and gracious hospitality. The beaches are idyllic, offering visitors nothing short of complete bliss in natural and beautiful surroundings. The beach resorts of the Maldives are a popular honeymoon destination, offering newlyweds the privacy, romance and solitude they need.

Mauritius – Trou aux Biches, Flic en Flac, Paradis beaches

Mauritius is another Indian Ocean island renowned for its endless and picturesque beaches. Here visitors can enjoy calm, crystal clear waters – ideal for swimming and sailing. Diving is also great on this beach from December through to March, while surfing is recommended from June to August.

Seychelles – Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Anse Source d’Agent, La Digue Island, Ile Souris (Mouse Island), east cost of Mahe Island

Seychelles is a year round destination, making it popular with families, friends, and lovers. Windsurfing and sailing is best between May and September, while diving is best from October to April.

Sri Lanka – Unawatuna resort area

Tanzania is unique – it is here that you can enjoy a spectacular bush and beach experience, all rolled into one. For a completely private experience head to Northern Tanzania to Ushonga Bay or Bagamoyo. Also, the peaceful village of Pangani is fast becoming a beach resort destination of note, offering unspoilt beaches and basic accommodation options. The beaches of Pangani are also ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Zanzibar – Bwejuu Beach, Jambiani Beach and Nungwi Beach, on the east coast

Zanzibar is situated about 50 miles off the coast of Tanzania and is one of the most popular beach resort islands in the Indian Ocean. Here you will find breathtaking beaches – great for diving and snorkelling – and also a few exclusive resorts.

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6 Spots that you should not miss in Mauritius

Grand Bassin
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Mauritius is renowned for its sandy beaches and its turquoise seas. But do you know that there are some other attractions that might be interesting for tourists? Follow this short guide to find out more on places that you should not miss during your stay in this tropical island.

Grand Bassin

This is a sacred place for the Hindu community of the island where each year a pilgrimage is held. Located in the center of the island not far from the Mare Aux Vacoas reservoir, this is a volcanic crater that offers breathtaking scenery. This is definitely a place that you should not miss if you are staying on the island.

Black River Gorges

This is a natural park that offers some great landscape for all those that are fond of hiking and outdoors. This is actually the bank of the Black River that has been made from the mountain of Riviere Noire. A guide might be necessary if you want to go in the most difficult part of the Gorge but there are some other tracks that are much easier to accomplish.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

The garden is also known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens and is located a mere 15 minutes from the capital, Port Louis. There are some endemic plants that are present there and you can also find some rare plants in there. Among the major attractions you have the water lilies in the numerous ponds located in the garden and that should really allow you to make some really outstanding photos.

Caudan Waterfront

The Caudan Waterfront is located in the capital Port Louis and provides the only night-life in the capital besides some individual restaurants. You will have the choice between a cinema, casino and different restaurants to help you enjoy your night in the capital.

Tamarin

If you are looking for a place for windsurfing then Tamarin is definitely the place to be in. Do not get fooled by the relative calmness of the place during the week as you could be overwhelmed during the weekend. Tamarin also offers some really good beaches for those that are looking to relax peacefully with their family. Children will definitely love this place.

Ile aux Cerfs

This is a small island that is located off the east coast of Mauritius and should provide great excursion possibilities. There are some small boats that will take you across the sea to Iles aux Cerfs. Once on the island you will be amazed at the tranquility of the sea and the immaculate scenery. You can also choose to take your lunch on the island itself where you will have the choice among a wide variety of menus.

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Mauritius does offer some great opportunities when it comes to excursion and place of interest. You are not limited to the ones that are offered by the hotels and moving inland should indeed open up a world of opportunities to you. Whatever your taste might be you are sure going to find something that will suit your particular lifestyle.

Scuba Diving in Mauritius

Scuba Diving in Mauritius
Scuba Diving in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is often referred to as a “Paradise location”. It is an ideal destination for couples and families alike and has retained its popularity over the recent years. Although there are many activities in Mauritius, it is very closely associated with scuba diving as a result of its magnificent lagoon and the superb coral reefs that surround the island. Moreover, most 5 star Mauritius hotel bundles now offer their own scuba diving packages and there are also many companies entirely devoted to these.

The noticeable thing is that the sea conditions in Mauritius mean that scuba diving there is accessible to both beginners and seasoned veterans. There are indeed many foreigners who go to Mauritius almost every year only for the scuba diving. The North of the island is particularly suitable for scuba divers thanks to the marine fauna there and the clarity of the lagoon (the North is also known for boasting the best beaches of the island). There are several diving sites that are critically acclaimed and that people who are into the sport must absolutely visit.

Mauritius also offers a full range of diving conditions, which pretty much makes it the ideal spot for divers with varying degrees of experience. While the north coast of the island allows for extremely easy conditions, divers with more experience can thus head to the south where the conditions are a bit more difficult. The west coast should be visited by those with at least one year of scuba diving experience under their belt as the sea can be quite rough there and some parts are not actually accessible to the general public.

Although you may very well use your own scuba diving equipment, it is not very difficult to rent some equipment in Mauritius. Divers have a stunning choice as there are always a handful of scuba shops from which you can rent or purchase the regular equipment to incredibly expensive sets. Obviously, if you are just going to enjoy the activity for the couple of weeks in Mauritius, there is no need to invest a lot of money in the equipment. However, if you plan to make scuba diving one of your hobbies, it is better to go for the best equipment as soon as you can. This allows you to spend less money in the long run.

One thing you can count on is that you will not be buying poor quality equipment. Tourism is a very important, if not the biggest, industry in Mauritius and is thus tightly regulated. These shops are thus subjects to frequent checks and can only sell equipment that has been verified and approved by the authorities. Skippers and operators must also be issued licenses by the authorities, and these are verified regularly to ensure that everything is up to standard and to make sure that the tourists’ lives are not being put to unnecessary risks.

Spending your Holidays in Mauritius

Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean. Due to its small size, it is overlooked or goes unnoticed by many, except those who know how to pick a good holiday destination.

holidays in Mauritius
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Tropical

The main selling point of holidays in Mauritius is its climate. Due to its location close to the Tropic of Capricorn, the island enjoys a tropical climate all year round, with cool winters with temperatures in the high teens and hot, humid summers. Winter is from April to September and summer in the remaining months. There are only 2 main seasons.

Summer is the best time to travel to the country for holidays but the occasional visits by cyclones might put a brake to your activities as the country shuts down and people stay indoors for protection. Sometimes, damage can be wide-ranging so even though the passage of a cyclone over the island might take a couple of days, day-to-day activities don’t return to normal for weeks. This only happens very rarely though.

In winter, the island is affected by anticyclones which only weakly influence the weather with continuous light rain and cold winds from time to time. Otherwise, on the coast you might hardly notice these effects and still enjoy the sun and its warmth during a spot of sunbathing. Some people might also prefer the fresher temperatures of winter, especially if they are going to pursue an active holiday rather than lie down on the beach most of the time.

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Beaches

This leads us to another selling point of Mauritius – its beaches. The island is nearly continuously surrounded by coral reefs. These coral reefs serve to break down powerful waves from the high sea and keep the lagoons within calm. The presence of these reefs has protected the sandy beaches which would otherwise have been washed away many years ago.  Today, any serious holidaymaker on the island is bound to visit a few beaches and spend some time bathing in the sea or lying down in the sun. Children will no doubt play for hours on end in the sand.

Beware the effect of the sun though. Too many tourists get entranced by the vision of blue lagoon and sparkling sand at the beginning and spend as much time as they can there, only to end up suffering from headaches and sun burnt. If you have just arrived on the coast, stay away from the beach from noon till 2 pm when the sun is at its highest and strongest. Wear a hat and cover up with sun lotion and clothes. Don’t be tempted to dress down just because it’s hot as your body needs time to take in the intense sun rays.

You might also not be used to the heat and humidity. The high humidity means that the sweat that forms on your skin because of the high temperature cannot evaporate quickly, thus preventing your body from cooling down. So take some time here to adjust to your new surroundings and as usual, drink plenty of water.

You should now know more than you started about Mauritius holidays and what makes it appealing.

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