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Indian Ocean Holidays

If you’re looking for pure luxury and indulgence, a holiday to the Indian Ocean is the answer. Fill the time slowly tick by as you sprawl on the white sands, cocktail in hand, before taking a dip in the warm waters. Head to your private pool overlooking the ocean, or be treated to a relaxing treatment in the indulgent spa. From overwater villas in the Maldives for a romantic getaway, to Mauritius’ melting pot of cuisine and culture; the Indian Ocean offers laid back living with a twist.

 Why not island hop around the Granitic and Coral islands of the Seychelles as you step back in time to a peaceful island lifestyle. Head to Sri Lanka and wander the streets, with historic experiences like no other. Or, head to a national park to gaze upon the country’s more spectacular wildlife. Scattered like precious jewels, each Indian Ocean island offers something totally different from the last. The only things they do have in common? – Paradise and bliss.  

Destination Highlights
  • Sprawl on pristine sandy beaches
  • Bathe in warm, shallow lagoons
  • Snorkel in immaculate waters
  • Immerse yourself in local culture
  • Stay in world-class spa hotels
  • Discover lush natural landscapes

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Aerial view OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

Maldives

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €5,299  pp

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo
Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,399  pp

The Fortress
Infinity pool, Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,859  pp

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel
a statue of a large rock

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Felicite Island

H&J Rating
Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Time Zone

Maldives - GMT +5 hours, Mauritius and Seychelles - GMT +4 hours, Sri Lanka GMT+5:30

Flight Time

Approx. 11–12 hours; Indirect flights from Dublin are available to the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and the Seychelles via Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other countries

Currency

Rufiyaa (Maldives), Mauritian rupee (Mauritius), Seychelles rupee (Seychelles), Sri Lanka rupee (Sri Lanka)

Visa Information

Irish citizens do not need to obtain a visa for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles with a 30 day tourist visit. For travel to Sri Lanka Irish citizens must obtain an online visa prior to travel.

Language

Maldives – Divehi, Sri Lanka - Tamil, Sinhalese, Mauritius and Seychelles - Creole, French and English is widely spoken

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to the Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka or the Seychelles.

Paradise islands are ten a penny in the Indian Ocean. This vast expanse – the world’s third-largest – is scattered with pristine pockets of land in every size and shape, all the way from Africa’s southern tip to Australia. You’ll live out all your desert island dreams on the beaches of the Maldives, Mauritius, and the Seychelles. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s temples and tea plantations will leave you craving more in the way of culture.

  • Denis Island

    Paradise Shores of the Indian Ocean

    With luminescent sand blending gently into the greens and blues of the water, the beaches of the Indian Ocean are as close to paradise as it gets.

  • Otentik Cook Class, Mauritius

    Rich Culture

    Indian Ocean holidays combine a historic journey of a multitude of influences from its surrounding countries to make the perfect combination of warm friendly locals, customs, cuisine and way of life.

  • Marine life, Seychelles

    In the water

    The greatest aquarium on Earth, the Indian Ocean’s warm, clear waters were made for viewing the fascinating marine life in front of you.

Best time to visit the Indian Ocean

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Average weather in January

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
8mm
Mauritius
28ºC
228mm
Seychelles
28ºC
380mm
Sri Lanka
31ºC
62mm

Average weather in February

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
3mm
Mauritius
28ºC
228mm
Seychelles
29ºC
270mm
Sri Lanka
31ºC
69mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
7mm
Mauritius
28ºC
178mm
Seychelles
30ºC
220mm
Sri Lanka
32ºC
130mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
32ºC
10mm
Mauritius
27ºC
178mm
Seychelles
30ºC
180mm
Sri Lanka
29ºC
253mm

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
20mm
Mauritius
26ºC
101mm
Seychelles
30ºC
160mm
Sri Lanka
31ºC
382mm

Average weather in June

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
18mm
Mauritius
24ºC
76mm
Seychelles
28ºC
90mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
186mm

Average weather in July

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
18mm
Mauritius
23ºC
76mm
Seychelles
27ºC
80mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
125mm

Average weather in August

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
31ºC
26mm
Mauritius
23ºC
76mm
Seychelles
27ºC
70mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
114mm

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
11mm
Mauritius
24ºC
50mm
Seychelles
28ºC
130mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
236mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
31mm
Mauritius
25ºC
50mm
Seychelles
28ºC
160mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
369mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
25mm
Mauritius
27ºC
50mm
Seychelles
29ºC
220mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
310mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Maldives
30ºC
12mm
Mauritius
28ºC
152mm
Seychelles
28ºC
330mm
Sri Lanka
30ºC
168mm
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    Rozario

    Destination Specialist

    “Take a day trip to Ile aux Cerf Island, where white sandy beaches and island paradise awaits. Also, why not test your swing on the 18-hole championship golf course located on the island?” Mauritius

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    Karen

    Destination Specialist

    “Get up nice and early to take part in the island's daily treasure hunt. Bottles are hidden around the island every morning, and each contains a prize ranging from a free coffee at the resort's cafe to spa treatments.” Maldives -LUX* South Ari Atoll

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    “Take a trip to La Digue Island where you won't be bombarded by cars. The island's main form of transport is bicycles, so rent one yourself and visit all the beautiful beaches. If you're lucky, you many even find ancient tortoises.” Seychelles

Our Indian Ocean destinations

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Indian Ocean

Mauritius

Mauritius
SriLanka SeemaMalakatemple Colombo

Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
Beach View

Indian Ocean

Rodrigues Island

Rodrigues Island
a view of a canyon with Mafate in the background

Indian Ocean

Reunion Island

Reunion Island
Anse Source d Argent Beach, Seychelles

Indian Ocean

Seychelles

Seychelles
Maldives, Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

Maldives

Maldives

Frequently Asked Questions

Each country and island can vary between the time of the year, but the Indian Ocean generically has a tropical climate, which means the sunshines mot of the year round with scattered rainfall. 

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