Countries featured on this page include Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar and The Maldives


The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It is home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoise. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to the capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.



Mauritius, an Indian Ocean Island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars racehorse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. It is the ideal beach holiday destination with a melting pot of cultures to go with and some spectacular golf courses.



Madagascar has been isolated from the African landmass for 165 million years and its flora and fauna have evolved in isolation from that time onwards. The island is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth and is internationally renowned as a wildlife and ecotourism destination offering extraordinary encounters with animals, orchids and birds.


The main attractions are the Lemurs which are unique to Madagascar – the Aye Aye, Indri, red bellied and other varieties. One of the best places to observe the Indri, the largest lemur species, is the Analamazoatra reserve, also known as Perinet, which is four hours from the capital Antananarivo. The Indri has made the reserve one of Madagascar’s most popular tourist attractions.

Historical sites can be found throughout the country but mostly in the capital such as the Royal Palace or Rova or the sacred hill of Ambohimanga nearby, both Unesco World Heritage Sites. A popular route from Antananarivo to Tulear in the south passes through several towns noted for their handicrafts – Ambatolampy with its aluminium foundry; Antsirabe for gemstones and embroidery, and Ambositra for marquetry.


The Maldives. The Quintessential Coral Islands

The Maldives consists of 1,192 coral islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, that stretch along a length of 871 kilometres (541 miles) north to south, 130 kilometres (81 miles) east to west, spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometres (35,000 sq mi), of which only 298 km2 (115 sq mi) is dry land, making this one of the world’s most dispersed countries.


It lies between latitudes 1°S and 8°N, and longitudes 72°S and 74°E. The atolls are composed of live coral reefs and sand bars, situated atop a submarine ridge 960 kilometers (600 miles) long that rises abruptly from the depths of the Indian Ocean and runs north to south.

Only 189 of the Maldives’ 1,192 islands are home to its +/- 400,000 inhabitants. The other islands are used entirely for economic purposes, of which tourism and agriculture are the most dominant.

The waters surrounding the Maldives boast an extensive array of marine life, showcasing a vibrant tapestry of corals and over 2,000 species of fish. From the dazzling hues of reef fish to the majestic presence of the blacktip reef shark, moray eels, and a diverse range of rays including manta rays, stingrays, and eagle rays, the seas teem with life. Notably, the Maldivian waters harbor the magnificent whale shark.