The word ‘paradise’ is often overused, yet exceptions can be made for the entrancing islands you will discover on an Indian Ocean cruise. The engulfing lagoons, with water so translucent it’s like gazing into an endless emerald, beaches fresh from the pages of a luxury holiday brochure, and ever-present sunshine all harmoniously pull together to keep hopeless romantics, families and intrepid explorers under their flawlessly beautiful spell.
It’s not only the cocktails that will prove popular; there are activities aplenty on land in Mauritius, whereas the coral reefs of the Seychelles and Maldives pave the way to a snorkelling heaven. Look closely and you may spot your supper for the evening.
Elsewhere, the volcanic behemoth of Piton de la Fournaise, with its caldera still actively bubbling away, dominates much of lesser-known Réunion’s rain-forested landscape, while Buddhist sites, elephants and stilt fishermen rising above the ocean come day or night make up just a smidgen of the picturesque landscape that awaits you on a cruise to Sri Lanka.
Itineraries and opportunities are infinite on a cruise to India, and after pampering the palate in spice centres such as Goa and Mumbai, you’ll be on culinary cloud nine. To the south, Kerala, affectionately and aptly dubbed ‘God’s Own Country’, is a breath of fresh air; a verdant and beach-laden respite to the temples and inner city noise.
Madagascar’s topography is downright astonishing. Only on earth’s fourth largest island could you expect to find desert, forest, beach, canyons and mountains all forging allegiance with the baobab trees and bouncy lemurs so cute you’ll want to sneak them back with you.
A cruise to the Indian Ocean is one big, life-affirming experience you won’t want to end in any hurry.