Truly exotic, the waters of the Indian Ocean and South East Asia offer thousands of islands, a great deal of which remain largely unexplored. For those with adventure in their hearts, the wild unspoilt beauty of the Indian Ocean is virtually unmatched in potential for new experiences. Equally its sense of natural beauty and choice of deserted islands appeal just as much to charterers in search of rest and relaxation.
Within the expanse of waters between South Africa and southwest Australia are some of the world’s most revered cruising grounds. Here you’ll find islands that most dream of escaping to, from the spectacular settings of Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maldives to the fascinating backdrops of Sri Lanka and Réunion.
The popularity of all of the islands and archipelagos found in the Indian Ocean region show no signs of slowing down yet have in the most part remained beautifully unspoilt by development. Mauritius, an ever popular honeymoon charter destination, is almost entirely fringed by coral reefs that line its coastline. As a result, the island as well as its off lying islets such as Coin de Mire, Flat Island, Gabriel Island, L`ile aux Cerfs, and Benitier Island offer some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the world.
Just off the east coast of Africa are the Seychelles, a group of islands known for their paradise beaches, huge palm trees and laid back feel. 41 of the 115 islands that make up this archipelago are known as the Inner Islands and consist of the oldest granite islands in the world while the 74 Outer Islands are formed from low-lying coral atolls and reef islands including Praline and La Digue. This diversity means whatever you’re looking for, from luxury beach picnics to swimming in crystal clear waters, it’s never more than a short cruise away.
Held in just as high regard by sailors and superyacht travelers around the world, the Maldives stretch across the Equator like a string of gems, clustered into 26 atolls amongst over 1,190 islands and islets. The Maldivians trace their heritage to a number of different cultures including Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East so life on the islands is rich in tradition, diversity and life. A charter vacation here will take you on a journey of discovery that not only leads you to powdery beaches but also to untouched lands and a beautiful pace of life.