Mother Nature was showing off when she created the islands of the Indian Ocean. Stunning scenery, exotic plant and animal life, and powdery sand beaches add up to the perfect tropical escape.
The Maldivesâ€™ brilliant turquoise lagoons are a gateway to riotously colored coral reefs that have made the Maldives one of the most famous dive sites in the world.
Look to the Seychelles for a cosmopolitan experience that also boasts eco-tourism delights like Vallee de Mai, a primeval forest once thought to be the original Garden of Eden.
Like its sister islands, Mauritius has plenty of coastline for sunning and swimming, but it also offers an endless array of activities. Explore the Colonial-era buildings in the capital city of Port Louis, or hit up Grand Baie for the best shopping and dining on the island.