There are thousands of islands in the Indian Ocean, each as distinct and unique as the next; we love combining a couple of days of adventure with an away-from-it-all beach break. We’ve chosen our favorite Indian Ocean islands to help you decide on the right one for you.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Bali

Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Bali Beaches, surfing, night-life – Bali has lots of that, but many would tell you that you haven’t seen the real Bali until you have visited the rice terraces. The stunning Tegalalang Rice Terraces just outside of Ubud look like a giant’s stairway carved into the hillside, draped over with greens of every shade possible and then dotted with coconut palms.

Baobab Avenue, Madagascar

Baobab Avenue, Madagascar In Western Madagascar there is a collection of magnificent Baobab trees which line the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina. It is one of the most amazing landscapes in the world and draws travelers from all over the world. Madagascar also boasts one of the most unique and diverse Eco-systems in the world, with 90% of all plants and animals found there being endemic to the Island.

The Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel, Mauritius A popular

The Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel, Mauritius A popular tourist destination in Mauritius, Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel is a rare geological quirk of Mother Earth. The area consists of numerous sand dunes made up of sand of seven distinct colors namely red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Strangely enough, the colors do not mix. The sand does not erode either despite heavy Mauritian rains. All of this makes the place a curious natural phenomenon.

La Digue island in the Seychelles

Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar It's tough to choose the best beaches on this laid-back island, but Nungwi, on the north of the Zanzibar, is one of them. What was once a simple fishing village and dhow-building center has become a popular holiday destination, where palms casually amble onto a beach that dissolves gradually into shades of turquoise.