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The Indian Ocean Islands, from the Seychelles to Mauritius to Madagascar, are full of vacation excitement from the exotic flora and fauna to the beaches and a wealth of water sport activity. Soak up an Indian Ocean Island vacation rental; get there before someone else does!

Indian Ocean Islands Water Sports

Water sports are especially exciting around the Indian Ocean Islands, where plenty of coral awaits those who enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. Diving allows vacationers to marvel over more than 100 types of coral and more than 900 species of fish. Yachting, along with yacht charters, is a much sought after activity as well, with 305 miles of coastline in the Seychelles, alone, to explore. Deep-sea fishing is also challenging and delightful, especially around Mauritius. Try your hand at water-skiing or parasailing during your visit to the Indian Ocean Islands.

Indian Ocean Islands Key Areas

Covering over 220,000 square miles, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Enjoy the brick highland homes with wood balconies in the capital city of Antananarivo, built along cobblestone streets. The white sand beaches are popular in the Nosy Be Archipelago, while Ifaty is ideal for scuba diving and Nosy Ve for snorkeling. National parks and the incredible wildlife around Madagascar are very attractive, including the species of lemur in Perinet and the rainforest known as Ranomafana National Park. A children’s home named Akany Avoko evokes some of the Madagascar culture, such as the crafts designed from local materials and live displays of traditional dance and music.

Mauritius offers scuba diving and submarine exploration of its underwater world of fish in the colors of the rainbow, beautiful beds of coral, and moray eels. Eco-tourism is quite popular, from viewing verdant forests, to some 700 varieties of splendid indigenous flora, to the tropical fruit trees of the Labourdonnais Orchards. Several golfing opportunities with 9- and 18-hole courses exist on Mauritius; the Bernhard Langer-designed Ile aux Cerfs Golf Course sits on its own island, where some holes have the tees on one side of a sea inlet, and the accompanying fairway on the other side of the inlet. Enjoy the multicultural aspect of Mauritius, from Christian to Muslim to Hindu, in festivals and traditions.

Petite Terre and Grand Terre are the two main islands of Mayotte, sitting halfway between the coast of Africa and Madagascar. The lagoon of Mayotte is rather remarkable, with a double coral barrier reef of over 97 miles, and beaches of black, gold, and orange-yellow sands along the coastline. Its widely diverse culture is formed from a blend including Persian, European, and Oriental traditions. Lovers of eco-tourism while vacationing will indulge in the viewing of exotic flora species such as the tulip tree, takamaka, and baobab, and unique fauna like the maki, roussette, drongo and souimanga.

Wild flowers are important to Reunion Island, since they grow on the sides of the roads of the island, and in the forests; there is vanilla, striking orchids, and indigenous plants of various kinds. Reunion Island’s shield volcano on its eastern side is called Piton de la Fournaise and is one of the largest worldwide, with several gigantic craters; it erupts on a somewhat regular basis and is compared frequently to the volcanoes in Hawaii. Reunion Island is both a French region and a French overseas department, with beaches of gold sand and excellent surfing.

Visit the “Paradise on Earth” island archipelago of Seychelles, where there are undisturbed forests, practically secret diving areas, and beckoning white sand beaches. Unequaled flora exists here, such as Coco-de-mer, jellyfish tree, and paradise flycatcher, native to the region; much of the land is protected and classified as a nature reserve. Mahe is the largest island, at 59 square miles, with an abundance of resorts, four casinos, century-old botanical gardens, and a pirate treasure dig at the northwest coast area of Bel Ombre. The slower-paced island of Praslin has coral reefs littered with hundreds of fish species. La Digue is a visual delight from days past, replete with friendly local fishermen and boat builders, and magnificent bird watching.

Sites and tours to see

Mount Benara on Mayotte
Artisan’s market in Madagascar
Croc Farm in Madagascar
Maheswarnath Hindu temple in Triolet Shivala, Mauritius
Balaclava Ruins in Mauritius
Dutch Ruins at Vieux Grand Port, MauritiusMartello Towers in Mauritius
Helicopter tours of Seychelles
Vallee de Mai World Heritage Site in Seychelles
L'Union Estate with colonial house on La Digue, Seychelles
Botanic Gardens (many) on Reunion Island
Collapsed calderas and canyons near Piton des Neiges on Reunion Island