destinations

Indian Ocean

Destinations

Indian Ocean

Maldives

This small collection of paradise atolls is one of the most unspoiled destinations you’ll find on earth. Clear blue sea laps again pristine white sandy beach, tropical palm tress sway in the gently breeze and the majority of these tiny Indian Ocean islands host just one resort each. The people are friendly and the food is fresh and delicious- a tasty fish curry is the national dish. Unspoiled coral reefs and abundant marine life including manta rays, sharks and turtles make the Maldives a diver’s dream destination.

Best time to visit

The Maldives is warm year round. Rainfall can vary with November to April being the driest months and the most popular time.

  • Flight Time: Approx 14 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +5 hours (some islands are GMT +6 hours)
  • Currency: Maldive Rufiyaa although on all resort islands the US Dollar is the main currency
  • Visas: British passport holders are issued a tourist visa upon arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. A valid onward or return ticket and enough funds to cover the duration are essential

Sri Lanka

Just south of India, and surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, lies the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. With miles of unspoilt palm-fringed beaches there is a wealth of attractions to be explored. Sri Lanka’s heritage dates back thousands of years and visitors can delight in its many UNESCO World Heritage sites and temples. Travel inland and the temperate hill stations offer lush panoramic views overs the surrounding tea plantations. Visit one of its many national parks that thrive with fascinating wildlife, including hundreds of elephants and the world’s most dense population of leopards.

Best time to visit

Sri Lanka is warm all year-round. December to March is the most popular time to visit. The two monsoon seasons have the highest rainfall and fall between April to June and October to November.

Mauritius

Mauritius- known for its exceptional service and accommodation- lies in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The coastline is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs and white-sand beaches. Today the 1 million plus population consists of a variety of cultures including Hindus, Muslims, Chinese, Creoles and Europeans. It is this very variety of different languages, customs and cuisine that make Mauritius such a vibrant and appealing destination.

Best time to visit

December to April brings hotel summer temperatures followed by a cooler drier period form May to November. The winds are at their strongest in July and August and the east coast can be a bit cooler, though this can be pleasant.

  • Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee
  • Visas: A visa is not required for stays of up to 60 days. Onward or return travel documents are essential

Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 diverse islands which are delicately scattered like jewels in the sapphire-blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The islands are renowned for their immaculate, un-crowned beach and unspoiled tropical hideaways, but for all the islands share, there’s also much that make them different. With diverse range of things to do and sights to see, each of the islands have their own unique appeal.

Best time to visit

Seychelles islands are blessed with year-round warm, tropical climate; it’s always a good time to visit. The weather is hottest from December to April, while May to September are the months for the southeast monsoon trade winds and are considered some of the best times to visit the Seychelles.

  • Flight Time: Approx 12 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
  • Currency: Seychelles Rupee
  • Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders for stays of less than 30 days