The glorious tropical Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Sri Lanka simply conjure up magical images of swaying coconut palms, blue skies, glittering seas and stunning sandy beaches.
MALDIVES - The Maldives, around 2,000 wonderful, tiny islands, are some 300 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. These mostly uninhabited coral islands sparkle like scattered diamonds across the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean and are simply ideal for honeymooners and romantics. Each delightful island is the resort in itself and is surrounded by a turquoise lagoon. Diving in the Maldives is considered by many to be the best in the world and all resorts offer professional dive schools.
MAURITIUS - 1,200 miles off the east coast of Africa and the Seychelles, is a sparkling gem in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. The island beckons you with sensational white sand beaches, shimmering blue lagoons, coral reefs, swaying coconut palms and stunning luxury resorts. Mauritius’ African, Asian and European heritage of contrasting colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for a remarkable holiday.
SEYCHELLES - The Seychelles’ 100 or so islands are scattered in the western Indian Ocean 1,000 miles from anywhere. All these granitic and coral islands that make up the glorious Seychelles offer their own individual piece of magic - stunning white sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs, superb diving, big-game fishing and lots more. The granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé and its neighbouring islands of Praslin and La Digue. Together, these Inner Islands contain the majority of Seychelles' tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches, while a further 74 or so form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands. The Outer Islands are those situated beyond the Seychelles plateau.
SRI LANKA - Often referred to as ‘The Original Paradise’ Sri Lanka is a diverse land with an amazing blend of golden beaches, historic temples and sites, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Spectacular steep winding roads lead to dreamlike misty hill stations providing glorious views of lush tea plantations in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a country full of history and culture with ancient cities such as Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, Mihintale, the mountain monastery where Buddhism was first introduced to the island in 247 BC, and, of course, Kandy, home of the Temple of the Tooth. A climb up Sri Lanka’s imposing rock-fortress, Sigiriya, will reward you with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.