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Recent developments have marked the Indian Ocean as a hotspot for new hotels, explorations into the wilderness, escapes to private islands, and cultural tours. Covering Tanzania to Sri Lanka, through the Seychelles, Maldives, and Mauritius, here’s a rundown of what to expect.
- Family Getaway Plans
Mauritius and the Maldives are favorites for family vacations, but those seeking something new can explore Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago. The recently opened Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa on Unguja, the main island, as of December 2022, offers family-friendly suites, children’s activities, water sports, tennis, and football. Direct access to a beach inside a marine conservation area also means snorkeling and diving are key attractions.
More info: Suites starting at US$561 (£447), all-inclusive.
- Explore Around a Volcano
Réunion, neighboring Mauritius, presents the opportunity to discover new volcanic landmarks almost annually. The active Piton de la Fournaise volcano creates new terrain regularly, with the last eruption in September 2022 forming a new volcanic cone, Piton Tikal. Adventure seekers can explore trails around craters and lava tunnels in this ever-changing landscape.
- Experience a Private Island Stay
The Seychelles has been witnessing several new hotel openings, like Mango House Seychelles and the recently launched Laïla. For a unique stay, Waldorf Astoria Seychelles plans to open on the private Platte Island, 80 miles from Mahé, providing exclusive wilderness experiences and wildlife encounters.
More info: Prices to be announced.
The Waldorf Astoria’s exclusive hotel is expected to launch in February 2024.
- More Than Beach Fun in the Maldives
Maldivian hotels are providing experiences beyond the beach. From surf therapy at Kuda Villingili to coral reef regeneration at Fairmont Maldives and drone conservation programs at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, the offerings are diverse.
More info: Prices vary between locations.
- Discover Marine Creatures in Comoros
The lesser-known Comoros, situated between Mozambique and Madagascar, will be the focus of a new Intrepid Travel tour. This expedition features sightings of humpback whales, dugongs, and one of the largest green turtle nesting sites in the world.
More info: Wildlife Expedition from £2,240 per person.
- Elevated Cycling Adventures in Mauritius
A new bicycle zip-line at La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park in Mauritius allows participants to pedal along a high tightrope, enjoying scenic views of rivers and waterfalls.
More info: Prices starting at 1,200 MUR (£21) per person.
- Island-Hopping in Maldives
The upcoming Jawakara Islands Maldives resort, spread over two islands, Mabin and Dheru, offers an array of activities and dining experiences.
More info: Prices vary between islands.
- Engage in Sri Lankan Traditions
To celebrate 75 years of independence, Sri Lanka is highlighting its cultural heritage with tours focused on ayurvedic practices, meditation, palm-leaf writing, and pottery.
More info: Various tour prices available.
- Witness Ancient Baobabs in Madagascar
The Miavana by Time + Tide resort offers helicopter tours to a unique baobab patch, offering an exclusive view of these majestic trees.
More info: £2,010 per flying hour for up to four people.
- Embark on a Nocturnal Safari
At Constance Lemuria in Seychelles’ Praslin Island, join Robert Matombe’s night-time safari to observe nocturnal animals, including nesting or hatching turtles on Grand Anse Kerlan beach.
More info: Free to Constance Lemuria guests. Rooms from £499, B&B.
This was featured in the Indian Ocean supplement of the September 2023 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword: Indian Ocean destinations
What new family-friendly options are available in the Indian Ocean?
The Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa in Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago has opened, featuring family suites, kids’ clubs, water sports, and access to a non-tidal beach.
Where can I explore a live volcano in the Indian Ocean?
In Réunion, you can explore the active volcano Piton de la Fournaise, which erupts regularly, creating new geological features such as the recently formed Piton Tikal.
Are there any private island experiences in the Seychelles?
Yes, the Waldorf Astoria Seychelles is planning to open on the private Platte Island, offering an exclusive wilderness experience and opportunities to see unique marine wildlife.
How are hotels in the Maldives enhancing the beach experience?
Hotels like Kuda Villingili are focusing on surf therapy, while Fairmont Maldives offers coral reef regeneration, and the Ritz-Carlton Maldives has launched a drone conservation program.
What new and unique adventures are available in Mauritius?
Mauritius offers a new bicycle zip-line adventure at La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park, allowing participants to pedal along a high tightrope, viewing rivers and waterfalls.
Can I engage in traditional Sri Lankan culture during my visit?
Yes, tours celebrating Sri Lanka’s 75th year of independence are available, offering experiences with an ayurvedic doctor, meditation with a monk, and traditional crafts like palm-leaf writing.
Are there any nighttime safari options in Seychelles?
Yes, Constance Lemuria on Seychelles’ Praslin Island offers a nocturnal walking safari guided by their turtle manager and wildlife whisperer, allowing guests to spot native nocturnal creatures.
More about fokus keyword: Indian Ocean destinations
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- Emerald Zanzibar Resort & Spa
- Réunion National Park
- Waldorf Astoria Seychelles
- Kuda Villingili Resort
- La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park
- Intrepid Travel’s Premium Sri Lanka tour
- Constance Lemuria Resort