5 of the Most Amazing Islands in the Indian Ocean!

Written by Jennifer Gaeng
Published: April 9, 2022
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The Indian Ocean is the world’s third-largest oceanic division. It covers 27,240,000 sq miles or roughly 20% of the Earth’s surface water. It is bordered on the north by Asia, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, and on the south by the Southern Ocean. The Indian Ocean has some substantial regional seas around its center. This includes the Laccadive Sea, Somali Sea, Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, and the Arabian Sea.

The Indian Ocean has monsoons, seasonal changes, and wind systems. However, it also has a ton of beautiful islands to explore.

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Some of the world’s most exotic islands are in the Indian Ocean. Beautiful beaches and aquamarine waters. Imagine a paradise that is always sunny and warm throughout the year. Relax and unwind, take in the scenery and wildlife, or go on a tour and sample the local tropical cuisine. There are numerous reasons to appreciate such a lovely cluster of islands rich in culture and history. Even though there are tons of islands in the Indian Ocean, we are going to focus on 5 of the most amazing islands in the Indian Ocean!

5. Maldives

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The Maldives is a network of islands, with 200 of them inhabited.

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Maldives, officially the “Republic of Maldives,” is also known as the Maldives Islands. In fact, Maldives is a network of around 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks in the north-central Indian Ocean, with about 200 of them inhabited. Atolls are clusters of islands where island fancies and movie sceneries come to life. Maldives are a group of tropical islands scattered across 90,000 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean. They’re surrounded by gorgeously colorful coral reefs and white sand beaches. Maldives is great for couples, families, spring breaks, or even a calm retreat.

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While many islands in Maldives contain resorts, its capital Male is one of the most densely populated islands in the world.

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Maldives contains dozens of resorts that entice with underwater delights, built up from the crowns of a submerged old volcanic mountain range. Surprisingly, these islands are only 6 feet above sea level and are protected from monsoons by barrier reefs. The southwest monsoon brings rain during the rainy season (May to August). The annual rainfall averages about 84 inches. Northeast monsoons produce dry and gentle breezes from December through March. The annual average temperature is warm, although it never gets too hot. Temperatures range from 76 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 30 degrees Celsius).

4. Mauritius

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Mauritius is an island republic filled with beaches and coral reefs!

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Mauritius is an island republic in the southeast of Africa and southwest of Asia. It is made up of seven main islands and archipelagos and is an ideal island getaway with world-class resorts and gorgeous weather. This palm-tree-filled oasis of beautiful, bleached sands, sapphire waters, colorful coral reefs, and tropical rainforests is increasingly popular.

It is filled with poster images such as seemingly endless lengths of white sand, blue-green yet clear water bursting with wildlife, and colorful sea creatures. Wildlife includes Aldabra giant tortoises as well as endemic birds and lizards.

Mauritius ticks all the criteria for an ideal vacation, with a laid-back island vibe to boot.

3. Seychelles

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Seychelles is home to the Aldabra giant tortoise.

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Seychelles is one of the world’s most stunning tropical island locations. After being discovered by European explorers in the 16th century, Seychelles eventually came under British control. In 1976 it declared independence. Sitting more than 800 miles off the coast of Africa, Seychelles is a secluded island nation in the Indian Ocean that spreads over a huge area at a crossroads between Asia and Africa.

There are 115 islands in this group of islands in the western Indian Ocean. Yet, the country is just over 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC! Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue islands are the three main public islands in Seychelles. They all provide fantastic beach time, resorts, and colorful animals. Seychelles is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s bordered by a slew of gorgeously undeveloped beaches and coral reefs.

2. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the largest islands in the world and is actually an island country.

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Sri Lanka is the world’s twenty-fifth largest island in terms of land area. This giant island offers a diversified landscape that includes plains, hills, and powdery beaches. While the main island constitutes most of Sri Lanka’s area, in total the country is made up of thirty or more islands that are clumped together. Ferries run from adjacent towns to small offshore islands. Sri Lanka is a beautiful island with a sense of wonder that extends to the seas.

From luxurious beach villas and hotels to the Indian Ocean teeming with wildlife. There truly is something for every sort of traveler to enjoy. The island nation of Sri Lanka is quite an experience and an eye-appealing setting. Sri Lanka has no shortage of stunning awe-inspiring locations and natural, historic, and cultural events. Wildlife includes a huge number of endemic plants and even an Asian elephant subspecies named the Sri Lankan elephant!

Unfortunately, the Indian Ocean tsunami wreaked havoc on this country. Thankfully, Sri Lanka has recovered from this tragedy and is now stronger than ever.

1. Madagascar

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Madagascar has island species that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet!

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Believe it or not, Madagascar has a lot more to offer than just a fun, family-friendly film series. The hotspot of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands is made up of islands distributed in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s southeast coast. Madagascar is known by a variety of names, including Red Island, Rainbow Island, and the Eighth Continent. Humans have only been on the island of Madagascar for roughly 1,300 years. Although the language and culture are primarily Indonesian, there is no definite history of how, why, or what route the island’s initial occupants arrived.

Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most unusual flora and animals, including wildlife, gorgeous orchids, and baobab forests. The landscapes of Madagascar are diverse, including lush rainforests, barren plains, gorgeous beaches, vast valleys, and gorges. You can’t help but fall in love with the wildlife in Madagascar. It is home to a baffling assortment of species, including dancing lemurs, wildly colorful chameleons, and other unique animal populations. In fact, nearly 80% of the island’s species are nowhere else on the planet!

In Conclusion

The Indian Ocean has beautiful clear beaches, turquoise oceans, picturesque islands, and breathtaking landscapes, making it one of the most enticing travel locations on the planet. It has a unique interaction with its large and small landmasses. Indeed, there are many more islands to explore, but keep in mind that some are off-limits. This is mostly for the Indigenous people’s protection.

The Indian Ocean and its amazing islands offer tropical vibes, unique flavors, and captivating scenery. These islands are rich with enigmatic history and warm island hospitality. If you’re looking for a true island adventure, the Indian Ocean Islands could be a lovely and memorable visit!

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A substantial part of my life has been spent as a writer and artist, with great respect to observing nature with an analytical and metaphysical eye. Upon close investigation, the natural world exposes truths far beyond the obvious. For me, the source of all that we are is embodied in our planet; and the process of writing and creating art around this topic is an attempt to communicate its wonders.

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