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Introducing the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the world’s third-largest ocean, bordered by Africa, Australia, and Asia. Its waters host exotic islands, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and a variety of marine life. You can combine wildlife and beach experiences in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Botswana and Mauritius, Kenya and the Seychelles, or Madagascar and Reunion Island.

The Indian Ocean Safari Experience

Below are some of our favourite combinations all of which may be refined to best suit your needs:

  • Tropical Marine Life - snorkel and swim with exotic fish such as parrots and angelfish.
  • Humpback Whales - swim beside these giant creatures in crystal-clear waters
  • Conservation - Take the opportunity to engage in conservation experiences such as turtle tracking and reef surveying.
  • Beautiful Beaches - the beaches are a highlight here; the sands are white and soft, and the water is warm. Lounge on the sand, snorkel, dive, kite-surf and or enjoy a tropical sundowner.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Indian Ocean Safari?

At Natural World Safaris, we specialise in creating tailor-made itineraries that cater to your specific interests. We offer responsible travel and sustainable tourism, working closely with local communities and conservation organisations. Our exclusive network allows us to offer unique experiences and combine thrilling safari adventures with relaxing beach escapes.

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The Indian Ocean Experience

How much does the Indian Ocean Cost?

An 8-day safari in the Maldives on traditional dhows starts at $6,000 per person, including transfers and private guides. For a more luxurious experience in the Seychelles, including conservation efforts and direct charter flights, the budget starts at $15,000 per person.

Where to Stay in the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean conjures up images of island paradises with cobalt waters and silky white sands. The Seychelles, Maldives, and Mauritius offer luxury resort island accommodations. Here are our favourite resorts for a romantic retreat or a family getaway with water-based activities. Enjoy post-safari beach time on an exotic Indian Ocean island.

When to go to the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean has warm tropical climates throughout the year, making it a great destination to visit almost anytime. The best time to visit may vary depending on your interests and whether you plan to combine it with other destinations. Avoid January and February when there's more wind and rain.

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Indian Ocean Safaris FAQs

What animals live in the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean is rich in biodiversity and supports a wide variety of marine life due to its warm waters and diverse habitats. Some of the notable wildlife include:

  • Whales
  • Dolphins
  • Sea Turtles
  • Seabirds

The Indian Ocean is also home to numerous coral reef systems, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the coral reefs of the Maldives and Seychelles. These reefs support a diverse range of marine life, including dish, corals and other invertebrates.

Check our detailed guide to wildlife in the Indian Ocean for more detail on the individual species you can expect to see on your safari with us.

Are there sharks in the Indian Ocean?

Yes, the Indian Ocean is home to a diverse range of shark species, including the great white shark, whale shark, tiger shark, hammerhead shark, blacktip reef shark, and oceanic whitetip shark. While sharks are a natural part of marine ecosystems and most species are not dangerous to humans, it's important to exercise caution and follow local guidelines when engaging in water activities. Respecting marine life and adhering to safety measures ensure a positive and secure experience in the Indian Ocean.

How many countries are in the Indian Ocean?

The Indian Ocean is bordered by numerous countries, islands, and territories. It does not have a specific number of "countries" within it, as it is a body of water that serves as a maritime boundary for various nations. The countries and territories that have coastlines along the Indian Ocean include, but are not limited to, India, Indonesia, Australia, South Africa, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Oman, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen, Mauritius, Seychelles, and many others.