The Indian Ocean Islands are out of this world. An indisputable paradise on earth with luxurious resorts beside thousands of sun-kissed beaches leading to deliciously inviting turquoise seas. Africans, Indians, Europeans, and pirates have all settled here, even the now extinct dodo made its home on this timeless, tropical paradise.
Mauritius, Réunion, and the Seychelles lie adrift in the West Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Mauritius and Réunion are part of the Mascarene islands – volcanic islands dating back eight million years. The Seychelles, however, is an archipelago of granite islands and coral atolls.
The Western Indian Ocean was colonised by the Portuguese, French, and English from the seventeenth century who milked it for its slavery based plantations. Today, Mauritius and the Seychelles are republics but Réunion has chosen to remain an overseas department of France.
Réunion is located several hundred miles east of Madagascar and 150 miles south-west of Mauritius. Although only around 30 miles wide and 50 miles long, it is known as the ‘Island of Adventure’ because of its great hike-able mountains, a smouldering volcano and splendid beaches to its credit. It holds the world record for the most rain in a single day – but don’t let that ridiculous fact put you off because let’s face it, you’re in the Indian Ocean where the sun shines for the most of the year!
Indian Ocean Islands