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Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean makes up roughly twenty percent of the water on the Earth’s surface. This huge surface area means that there is an ideal Indian Ocean holiday for everyone. From dazzling beaches to stunning resorts to fascinating local history, the Indian Ocean has it all.

Those with a love of culture will want to consider Sri Lanka for their Indian Ocean holidays. Sri Lanka is home to the Cultural Triangle, an area that features city ruins, temples and cave paintings that have been traced back to the Fourth Century BC.

The Indian Ocean is also full of natural beauty. There are a range of national parks and animal sanctuaries dotted throughout the islands. Animal lovers will have the opportunity to spot leopards, elephants, tropical birds and many others on their Indian Ocean holidays.

The range of natural spots in the Indian Ocean means that the local cuisine is bursting with unique flavours. Chillies, peppers, jasmine, turmeric and other spices grow all over the region, meaning that flavourful, spicy dishes are very popular.

The monsoon climate means that half the year experiences glorious sunshine, perfect for relaxing on the pure white sands of the Indian Ocean beaches.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Here are some quick facts that may come in handy on your trip to the Indian Ocean:

  • The currency changes from country to country but most will accept United States Dollars.
  • The region ranges from 3-6.5 hours ahead of the UK.
  • There is a range of languages throughout the region, however there is a large proportion of English speakers.
  • It takes around ten hours to fly from the UK to the Indian Ocean on average.


Weather

The weather in the Indian Ocean doesn’t follow the common four-season pattern, due to the monsoon climate. The temperature stays rather flat throughout the year, while the biggest change is the wind. From October-April there is a strong north-eastern wind which is replaced by a south-western one for the rest of the year. Here is a run through of the average weather for the region:

  • In January the temperature is at its lowest at 25°C, warmer than many other places get in the summer!
  • In February this increases to 26°C, perfect for a Valentine’s Day beach holiday.
  • In March to May there is a steady 1°C climb each month, topping out at a scorching peak of 30°C by the end of May.
  • In June the weather falls slightly to 29°C. This is a perfect example of the unique behaviour of the temperature on Indian Ocean holidays.
  • In the July and August the temperature stays steady for the longest period so far, at 28°C for a whole 2 months.
  • This pattern carries on in September and October, where there is a steady 2 months of 29°C temperatures.
  • In November the temperature again drops to an average 28°C, before rounding out the year at 27°C in December.

Activities

As a large region, the activities available on holidays to the Indian Ocean vary from country to country. There are a few that are common through the islands though, mostly due to shared climate.

Sunbathing

The weather is always warm on holidays in the Indian Ocean, which makes for a great excuse to sunbathe at any time of the year. No matter when you plan your trip, the sand will still be white, the sea will still be warm and the sun will still be shining.

Water Sports

Beaches and water sports go hand in hand and the Indian Ocean does not break this tradition. You will be able to easily find someone to hire the equipment to take part in your choice of water sport, from jet skiing to diving, at any island in the Indian Ocean.

Dining Out

The climate in the Indian Ocean means that a wealth of different crops grow in the region. This leads to a lot of exciting choices for recipes, which the locals have taken full advantage of. No matter where you stay on your Indian Ocean holidays, you will not be far from somewhere serving mind-blowing dishes.


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