Monday, 31 January 2011

The Indian Ocean islands

The Indian Ocean islands are quite famous as tourist destinations. Since they are in the Indian Ocean, they already have the advantage of boasting incredible weather. Consequently, the islands in the Indian Ocean indeed classify as tropical islands. Moreover, these are known for having stunning beaches, which is why they all rely a lot on their tourism industry. Most people know mainly about the Seychelles and maybe Mauritius because the latter is actually more developed, but there are several islands that are worth visiting in the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius is an island in the south west of the Indian Ocean and is the second most popular African island. One thing many people forget is that Mauritius is actually part of the Mascareigne Islands along with Reunion and Rodrigues, which is in fact a district of Mauritius. Mauritius has the distinct average of being more developed than the other Indian Ocean islands. As such, there are tons of things for tourists to do, and it boasts some extremely developed and vibrant towns. The Mauritius hotel numbers are also very large with a variety of accommodation for tourists.

The island of Reunion is located quite close to Mauritius and is mostly known for having an active volcano. Although Reunion is almost as beautiful as most other Indian Ocean islands, its tourism industry is not quite as developed, most likely because it is in fact part of France. Reunion island is also known for its mountains and forests, and it is probably the most mountainous island in the Indian Ocean. However, the cost of life is more expensive there and its tourist accommodations are not as diverse and as excellent as in other islands.

Seychelles is the most popular island of the Indian Ocean for very good reasons. This beautiful island is renowned for its magnificent beaches and its raw beauty. Seychelles is in fact an archipelago of 110 islands and relies almost exclusively on its tourism industry. This works out fine as Seychelles ranks among the top three destinations in the world and is widely regarded as the best location for honeymoons and wedding vacations. It also has the best climate out of all the Indian Ocean islands and is indeed a brilliant place for relaxing thanks to its laid-back lifestyle and the quality of the hotels Seychelles.

The Maldives, which is the smallest Asian country, is also quite popular with tourists and is famous for its unique geography and its uniqueness as an island. Indeed, Maldives is in fact an archipelago of no less than 1,900 incredibly small islands, some of which can be covered within minutes even on foot. Out of those 1,900 islands, only 185 are actually inhabited. However, the Maldives islands are extremely beautiful and are known for their blue lagoons and superb beaches.

Madagascar is the closest island to the African continent and is also the largest single one in the Indian Ocean. It is ultimately known for having an exclusive flora and fauna, which has made it very popular with experts in those fields. However, due to many civil issues and an unstable economic climate, Madagascar is not an ideal tourist destination. It is in fact often completely ignored and is not a common tourist destination.

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