Indian Ocean Islands

Hi there! It’s been awhile since we last spoke about island travel. While the weather is still stunning in Michigan, I know that I will appreciate planning six months out, especially when we will likely again win the “grayest city in the world” contest. I don’t know much about Indian Ocean Islands, so I’m happy that Tickets for Two JC  and Bel Around the World will be providing their insights into some of the islands.

Let’s start with Seychelles. Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa and is comprised of 115 islands. It has much to see including rain forests, beaches, coral reefs, and rare animals to name a few. Tickets for Two JC has more information to offer from a recent trip to the island. 

What is your name/blog URL?

Tickets for two JC – www.ticketsfortwojc.wordpress.com

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

We are going to tell you a little about Seychelles. We chose this island for the untouched beauty of nature there, which is absolutely perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Seychelles Island Travel
Photo Credit- Tickets for Two JC

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

A week or 2, depending on whether fast or slow travel is your style!

What is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Travels to This Island?

The beaches! There were so many beaches around the island, the water was so pristine and the atmosphere in general, so pleasant everywhere you go. That was more than enough to make us feel like we have truly found paradise on earth!

Seychelles Island Travel
Photo Credit-Tickets for Two JC

What is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

Many visitors to the island stick to touring Mahe, one of the 3 main islands from the archipelago of islands making up the Seychelles, and return back home. But it is a good idea to visit the other 2 main islands- Praslin and La Digue too. Beach activities, cycling around the island, discovering hidden beaches are just among the few activities there.

Seychelles Island Travel
Photo Credit- Tickets for Two JC

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

There are a lot of amazing restaurants at the capital of Mahe- Victoria. We did try many of them. But we really enjoyed eating at the food carts near Beau Vallon beach that were set up during the evening hours. Fresh, delicious food of different kinds to choose from!

What Surprised You About this Island?

We visited there, expecting a typical lazy beach holiday but the laziness was minimal, what with the water sports, cycle tours around the island, walking for miles on inner roads to hunt for beaches! You just cannot get bored for a second here!

 Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

Most tourists prefer to stay in and around Victoria, which is a good idea so food and drink are easily available any time. You could hire a car or bike to get around, or just take the local bus like we did! There is no chance of getting lost while touring as locals are very friendly and speak English well! And considering the fact that these islands are under threat of sinking over the years, you should definitely visit them while you can.

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article? 

You can read more about the beautiful island here Paradise Islands- Seychelles

Let’s learn about the Maldives next. The Maldives are also located in the Indian Ocean. They are made up of 26 atolls, which are composed of 1000+ coral islands.  Again, we are fortunate to have Isabel from Bel Around the World to give us additional information.

What is Your Name and Blog Name/URL?

Isabel Leong, Bel Around The World, belaroundtheworld.com

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Maldives, because it is everyone’s dream paradise!

What to Do in the Maldives
Photo Credit- Bel Around the World

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

Anywhere from 4 days to 1 week.

What is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?

Getting stung by jellyfish, seeing stingrays, and walking on the picturesque boardwalk jetty of the overwater villas.

Maldives
Photo Credit- Bel Around the World

“Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

The villas are the highlight of the Maldives, so even if you cannot afford a stay there, make a day trip to the resort. Get a feel of living luxuriously, and take in the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean. 

You also must try snorkelling or diving! The marine life in the Maldives is spectacular. 

Maldives
Photo Credit- Bel Around the World

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

Depending on which atoll or resort you stay, there aren’t many choices for food except for their in-house restaurants. A local island I strongly suggest you visit is Maafushi. There are at least some local food stalls there where you can try local, Maldivian food.

Maldivians eat a lot of fish and curry, though you still see chicken, beef and prawns on their menu. Their main staple is either rice or noodles. 

 What Surprised You About this Island?

How polite and friendly the local Maldivians are! Well, you would expect that their service is stellar for the exorbitant prices you pay at the villa resorts, but beyond that, the locals are happy to strike a conversation with you and share about their family. I recount a fond experience with a local staff here.

Maldives
Photo Credit- Bel Around the World

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

As a tourist island, English is the main mode of communication. I detail how exactly to get from the airport to various atolls in this post

If you are on a tight budget but still want to enjoy all that the Maldives can offer, I recommend you staying at Maafushi.

I also suggest you change some local currency, rufiyaa at Male city, before island-hopping, as you may lose out on the currency exchange if you were to pay by US dollar. Otherwise, US dollar is widely used throughout the country.

If my readers want to hear more about your island, do you have a link to your full article?

http://www.belaroundtheworld.com/everything-you-need-know-about-maafushi/

http://www.belaroundtheworld.com/maldives-budget-spent-less-than-1000-5d5n-maldives-holiday/

How fun to explore new islands! Many thanks to Tickets for Two JC and Bel Around the World for sharing their knowledge about these two beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. 

Indian Ocean Islands Seychelles Maldives
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14 thoughts on “Indian Ocean Islands”

  1. I haven’t heard about this place before, and now I’m checking it! It’s really detailed and interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing 🙂

  2. I want to go to the Maldives so badly! Pictures look absolutely gorgeous. My issue is that I HATE being on a plane. Hate it. And these destinations take so long to get to, so I never end up booking trips to far off places!

    1. I do too! Both of the islands look amazing!! I don’t mind flying but was super nervous about my 15 hour plane ride to India- it ended up being not bad at all! I think it’s best to just get a direct flight so you can settle in.

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