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The stunning Indian Ocean.....Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and more! πŸ˜ŽπŸ–☀

The islands of the Indian Ocean are surprisingly varied, ranging from cultural melting pots to dots on the horizon - it’s important to pick the right one for you! The gorgeous islands of the Maldives are probably the most beautiful beach destination we’ve ever been to - picture postcard stuff, and then some! Each resort is an island in its own right, and as you can't really get off your island it’s important to make sure that your resort is ideal for you.

The Maldives is perfect for relaxation and gentle activity - if it’s sightseeing and culture you’re after, you’re in the wrong place! Water based activities are popular - if you want decent snorkelling and diving (it’s world-class here) then look for an island with a house reef, or if you prefer to potter in the shallows with a good book and a glass of sauvignon blanc (we’re definitely the latter!) then you need an island with a lagoon. Some resorts come with hefty price tags, so it’s important to get things right!

Beautiful Mauritius is a great option if you like to get away from it all, but still with a few things to see and do outside of your hotel - it’s a larger island with more to it than just beautiful beaches. We love colourful Port Louis, the small capital which has great markets and a local feel, and the nearby Pamplemousses Gardens are a must for anyone with an interest in local flora. Combine Mauritius with the likes of Dubai or Cape Town for something a little different.    

The tiny islands of the Seychelles are spread over a vast area, and are truly in the middle of nowhere. Tiny Mahe is the main island and where most visitors head to, but for us a spot of island hopping is essential. Take the ferry to nearby Praslin or a short flight to the likes of Silhouette island or La Digue. It’s a very relaxed part of the world where the emphasis is on the environment - All Inclusive hotels aren’t really found here to encourage you to explore and use local restaurants.

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