Venture to the Indian Ocean to explore remote, untouched jungle-strewn isles that are miles from anywhere. An ideal alternative charter to the Caribbean between November and April, the Indian Ocean holds exotic lands full of bold colours and outstanding cuisine. A cruise through the archipelagos of the Seychelles or Maldives, or along the coastline of Sri Lanka, provides the chance to explore secluded coves of these remote and mysterious tropical lands.
Comprising ancient granite and coral atolls with aquamarine lagoons and powdery sands, the islands of the Seychelles are home to their own unique ecology and provide a world of pure escapism where time stands still. Just south of the equator, the archipelago of 115 are a veritable garden of Eden.
Alternatively, the Maldives lie spread like sparkling jewels across shimmering azure waters. Only 200 or so islands are inhabited, and each gem sits in its shallow lagoon, encircled by coral reefs, home to dazzling underwater coral gardens. The many islands are a rich melting pot of culture and natural beauty. Delve into the mysterious underwater world that is home to manta rays, giant frogfish, turtles, hammerheads and the rare whale sharks. It is a treat to see the latter in their natural habitat, and the Maldives are unique as they host a year-round population.
There are very few places in the world where you can experience such a variety of landscapes and climates as you can in Sri Lanka. Described as the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’ it is the perfect place to unwind and avoid the crowds among the lush tea plantations and majestic temples.