31 Mar 2018
The Indian Ocean is a true explorer's dream. There is no other region on earth where island-hopping adventures enable you to encounter such vast diversity of cultures, people, activities and traditions. Cruising the Indian Ocean gives you the freedom to discover different worlds, and spend time in an incredibly diverse array of extraordinary lands.
There are many possible starting points for an Indian Ocean cruise, and the region often forms part of longer cruises, such as from Southampton to Singapore or Australia. However, most travellers from the UK fly out to their starting point, which could be Dubai in the Middle East, Durban or Cape Town in South Africa, or Mombasa on the coast of Kenya. Some cruises start from Mauritius, enabling travellers to spend more time among the islands.
With such a wide variety of countries bordering the ocean, the best time to go will depend on the places you are hoping to visit. May to October is generally seen as the best time for most Indian Ocean cruising, though this is monsoon season in India. The hottest time in most areas is January-March, and there could be the odd overcast day and refreshing shower during this time.
There are so many idyllic islands to see on an Indian Ocean cruise, but number 1 on many people's list would be the mysterious and fascinating island of Madagascar -- in fact a cruise is the best way to see this special country, which doesn't really have a developed tourist industry. Cruise ships may call at the off-shore island of Nosy Be, Madagascar's main tourist resort, rich in jungle and unique wildlife, or at the capital Antananarivo, with extraordinary cultural sites to visit.
Other breathtaking islands scattered through this shimmering seascape include the gorgeous unspoilt Seychelles, with dazzling beaches, exciting flora and fauna, and a delightful port capital Mahé, and the unique island of Réunion, composed of beautiful volcanic rock, with waterfalls plummeting over the craters. In Mauritius you will find stunning coral reefs, picturesque villages and dramatic mountain scenery, and a stop at the charming capital Port Louis allows you to explore its glamorous harbour. And you will sail the impossibly blue waters of the Maldives, the low-lying coral islands with spectacular marine life, a paradise for divers and snorkellers.
The Indian Ocean is the ultimate getaway destination. A cruise to these beautiful shores gives you everything you've ever dreamed of, in exotic voyages and unique landscapes. Sail away to these faraway lands, and come back with memories that stay with you for ever.
At Value Added Travel we can tailor make your cruise to include anything from a 5* hotel stay before or after your cruise, or even add additional tours and excursion to make sure you get the most out of the destinations you visit.