4 Reasons to Enjoy a Holiday in the Indian Ocean
The countries of Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are all situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean, allowing for comfortably warm temperatures year round, stunning beaches and countless water recreation activities to enjoy. In addition, the local people are welcoming and kind, making visitors head back, time and time again to experience the friendly environment and unparalleled scenery. If you need more reasons to make up your mind and take a once in a lifetime holiday to these amazing Indian Ocean nations, here are 4 more:
1. Scuba Dive in the Maldives: One of the biggest reasons visitors head to the Maldives is to take advantage of some of the best scuba diving on earth. Thanks to atolls and coral reefs that surround the islands, you will find marine life of every kind, including sharks and manta rays. If you are interested, diving leaders can even take you to shipwrecks over 100 years old, a truly unique experience. If you have never tried scuba before, don’t despair. Sign up for lessons and certification while on holiday, or just try snorkelling to see some of the same incredible underwater life.
2. L’Aventure du Sucre: While literally translating to the adventure of sugar, this factory in the Mauritius is about much more than just the sweet stuff once produce on the island. To understand the history of sugar on the island means you will better understand life and culture here as well. The factory doubles as a museum and is the perfect way to start your trip on the island.
3. Tour Yala National Park: This national park in Sri Lanka comes in at almost 1,000 square kilometres, and is one of the biggest tourism attractions in the nation. It is so popular due to the incredible amount of wildlife you can spot within the perimeter of the park. Take a tour and keeps your eyes peeled for elephants, leopards, monkeys, crocodiles, bears and even wild boar. There are hundreds of species of birds, many of which are native to Sri Lanka. Plenty of accommodation options exist within the park itself if you want to sleep amongst these incredible animals.
4. Ile aux Cerfs: This tiny island is found just off the eastern coast of Mauritius, and is the ultimate getaway for visitors. Ile aux Cerfs can only be reached by boat, of which there are many available. Arriving there is half the fun, whether you travel in by catamaran or a themed pirate ship. The isle is home to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches in the country, and is a great place to try sailing, scuba diving, swimming or snorkeling, as well as dining in the exclusive restaurant.