Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean in the world. This mighty ocean is scattered with beautiful Islands which include; Mauritius, Seychelles, Mayotte, Reunion and Madagascar. Madagascar is the largest Island in the Indian Ocean and fourth-largest in the world. If you Spend your holidays on the Indian Ocean cruises, you are bound to make a difference of a lifetime. There are many unspoilt beaches full of palm trees and white sand where you will relax peacefully as you watch the blue sea waters.

You can discover the Islands by sailing with one of the Indian Ocean cruises or by a fly cruise to all places of your interest. Madagascar gained independence in 1960. It was a French colonial empire. This Island has unique plants which are found nowhere else in the world. Over 12,000 plant species have been recorded in this Island. About 80 percent of the flora and fauna are endemic.

Poaching and exploitation by humans has continued to threaten the Island for years. This country is the world largest producer of vanilla. The country national parks, unique bio diversity and virgin habitats and beaches are the major tourist attraction. This is the only place where the remains of the elephant bird (the largest bird that ever lived on earth) have been discovered.

The Island of Seychelles is located on the northeast of Madagascar. This island country has a population of 84,000 people. The Seychelles comprises of 115 islands, 41 of these are the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth. The rest form the low-lying coral strolls of the outer islands. A visit to the Seychelles Islands will give you an opportunity to see the Aldabla Giant Tortoise population ( the world largest population). Over 75 endemic plant species have been recorded here and a variety of Orchids. Seychelles have the largest seabird colonies in the world and over 1,000 different types of fish.

Mauritius, located south-east of Africa includes the islands of Agalega, Carajos and Rodrigues. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene and the Reunion islands. About 90 percent of the county land is used for sugarcane crop production. Tourist activities here include sea diving, mountain biking, deer hunting, surfing, deep-sea fishing, horse riding, trekking among many other activities.

Most of the Indian Ocean cruises are excellent. Many ships have swimming pools, restaurants terraces and entertainment. Depending on your holiday duration, you will know which cruise to go for. Experience a holiday with a difference as you stop to various deserted islands as you stay in bungalows built above the sea.

Both Cunard and P&O cruises provides cruises from southampton to the Indian Ocean. Azamara and crystal cruises sail to the Indian Ocean from Singapore and africa