The Indian Ocean consists of pristine white sands, crystal clear waters and a whole load of palm trees and that’s your lot, right? Ahh you’re wrong, the Indian Ocean of course has all of these beautiful aspects but there is so much more. It has an abundance of hidden gems that are waiting to be explored. Haven’t heard of them yet? You certainly will have soon, as we uncover the hidden gems of the Indian Ocean.

The Underwater Waterfall Mauritius

Yep, you heard us correctly, and underwater waterfall. Sounds like something straight out of a Sci-Fi movie, and it looks it too. Located just off the shore of Mauritius, this incredible sight is one of the biggest, most natural optical illusions. Mauritius is located on an ocean shelf that arises from the floor of the ocean. At the shore, there is a gradual slope that suddenly has a 2.5-mile drop to the ocean floor. The sand on the ocean floor is dragged out to sea by the tide and when it drops down this slope it gives the illusion of a waterfall.

It can look a little sinister as if the whole island is about to be sucked into a vortex, but no fear it’s perfectly safe, you can even take a boat over it without any chances of being sucked in! Or if you truly want a bird’s eye view you can even take a helicopter tour.

The Most Beautiful Beach In The World

Not only does Seychelles have some of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean, but it also has what is described as the most beautiful beach in the world. Anse Source d’Argent is truly worthy of a windows laptop background. It’s picture perfect for sure, and really easy for you to visit. This beach has beautifully clear shallow water that’s protected by a coral reef. It’s a perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling to experience the sea life of the Indian Ocean.

It’s no surprise that this beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world, it is simply outstanding.

The Real Maldives

The Maldives is somewhere you think of influencers, or honeymooners visiting. They go to luxury resorts and hotels. However, there’s still a part of the Maldives that is fairly uninhabited, which makes for a true hidden gem. The Addu City, the main city of the Addu Atoll. It’s drenched in history with the military bases still lingering from WW2. There a several luxury resorts around Addu Atoll, where you can relax and take excursions to enjoy the real experience of the city and natural inhabited islands of the Atoll.

When diving around the Atoll, most people find the best experience is spotting the manta rays that live in the turquoise waters. There is also an abundance of wildlife in the mangroves across the shores, with geckos found in the gardens, large bats, and land crabs. As well as the naturally growing coconut and banana trees. The real Maldives honestly gives you a sense of immense natural beauty.

The Ancient Rock Fortress

Sri Lanka is an increasingly popular travel destination. However, there are many gems that the general tourists tend to miss. One of those being Sigiriya, otherwise known as Red Lion Rock. It’s known as the eighth wonder of the world; this stone fortress will simply leave you speechless.

This wonder of the world features a gigantic staircase that has two lion claws carved into the rock. These stairs lead to a gigantic lion statue that represents the pride and strength of the King Kashyapa. A UNESCO heritage site that you must put on your bucket list for the ultimate Sri Lanka experience.

Now we have uncovered some of the hidden gems the incredible Indian Ocean has to offer, all you have to do is choose which one you want to see first! Will you be floating over the underwater waterfall in Mauritius, or climbing up the stairs of Red Lion Rock? If you cannot wait to book your next bucket list-worthy trip, please request a quote, or if you have any questions about your next getaway, contact us today. Happy traveling!