Are you preparing for holidaymaking? Islands are the best places for it. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy your holidays on islands—the vastness of the place for complete relaxation and rejuvenation, indulging in water sports activities, and stirring up your taste buds with different varieties of seafood. The top five islands that you should consider for your holidaymaking include the following:
1: Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique: The six islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago—Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina, Bangue, and Shell—are a protected conservation area and national park off the eastern coast of Africa. Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” the islands have only seen the arrival of big-name resorts within the past decade, as the impeccable andBeyond Benguerra Island in 2015.
Pro tip: This is one of the few habitats of the endangered manatee-like dugong, which sailors sometimes mistook for mermaids.
How to Get There: Fly to Vilanculos on the coast of Mozambique; from there, take a seaplane to your final destination.
2: Zanzibar, Tanzania: Tanzania’s most famous tropical isle is known for its spices, luminescent waters, and swaying palms. The destination has received more buzz than ever in recent years, thanks to a rich history and culture paired with a new swath of chic, barefoot resorts. Just check out Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort, an Afro-modernist village-style hotel that’s brought serious design flair and social awareness to the Indian Ocean Island.
Pro tip: If you need a break from the beach, check out Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Swahili architecture and buildings inspired by India’s palaces.
How to Get There: There are daily nonstop flights from Tanzania's capital, Dar es Salaam, as well as flights from smaller runways within the national parks.
3: Seychelles: Our readers aren't the only ones who consider this African nation one of the best islands in the world: Prince William and Kate Middleton and Victoria and David Beckham spent their honeymoons on the North Island of Seychelles. Yet some stretches of sand are so deserted that parts of the movie Castaway were filmed here. The ultimate draw, however, is nature—the white beaches here are so beautiful that visiting them borders on a religious experience.
Pro tip: Locals believe the true site of the Garden of Eden can be found at Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that produces coco de Mer nuts weighing up to 33 pounds.
How to Get There: Air France, Air Seychelles, and Turkish Airlines have regular flights that connect to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), just south of the capital of Victoria.
4: Maldives: A chain of 26 atolls and more than 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, the Republic of Maldives is one of the most sought-after tropical destinations in the world. It's dense with megawatt luxury villas and overwaters bungalows, and the diving is unreal (though, sadly, some of the coral has been threatened by bleaching). Still, there's a dive for all skill levels at Ari Atoll, where you can swim with rays and, deeper down, reef sharks.
Pro tip: The Nautilus Maldives, the number one resort in the Indian Ocean (per this year's reader survey), has 26 houses—some of which sit just off of the beach, while others stretch over the water—and all come with private pools and personal butler service.
How to Get There: Fly into Malé’s international airport and transfer there to the appropriate resort or atoll.
5: Mauritius: Instagram and Pinterest have created renewed interest in this island in the Indian Ocean, thanks to its “underwater waterfall”—a visually stunning runoff of sand and silt best viewed from above. Roughly 550 miles east of Madagascar, Mauritius may also be home to a lost continent hiding beneath the waves.
Pro tip: Don’t trust the scales on Mauritius, as the island has a stronger gravitational field, causing things (and people) to weigh more.
How to Get There: The Island’s Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is your link for flights to other cities in Africa, as well as to major cities in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Booking of Accommodations
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What have you decided? When are you going to set out to plant your feet on the islands mentioned above? These islands are famous the world over in regard to their natural features and things to do. Regarding booking your accommodations, get in touch with Find Home Away to Visit for Your Holidaymaking