Indian Ocean

Cruising the Indian Ocean is a wonderful experience

 

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Maldives - Male Atoll

The Maldives are an atoll of 1100 islands 400 miles south of India in the Indian Ocean. Most of the islands which are inhabited form an amazing sailing area, with unlimited secluded anchorages and diving spots. With clear blue seas and an abundance of white sand beaches the Maldives holds the record for being the flattest country in the world. The reefs acting as a barrier against the sea, forming lagoons of peaceful water, give the Maldives their famous calm and ability to build literally right on the water.

The barrier reefs of the Islands protect them from the storms and high waves of the Indian Ocean. The Indian Ocean has a great affect on the climate of the country by acting as a heat buffer, absorbing, storing and slowly releasing the tropical heat. The heat is further mitigated by cool sea breezes.

Catamarans have become the sailboat of choice because they are nearly perfect for exploring coral reefs. Their low draft and easy access to the water making them well suited for hopping around the Maldives and going ashore to relax on the beach. More and more often yachts are brought to the Indian Ocean for the Winter, as opposed to the Caribbean, which avoids the Atlantic crossing and opens up all of the amazing Indian Ocean Destinations such as the Maldives and Mauritius.

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Mauritius - Bain Boeuf

Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, where volcanic eruptions under the Indian Ocean created an archipelago millions of years ago. Sitting like a pearl in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean Mauritius is a contrast of colours, culture and taste. It holds a fascination for every visitor who comes here. Add natural beauty to die for and immense charm and the stage is set for a dream holiday in every sense of the word.

There is no better place to discover the clear warm waters and white beaches than from the deck of a catamaran. The seas surrounding these gorgeous islands teem with underwater treasures. Make sure you practice your snorkeling skills then you can paddle off to even the most hidden places in on-board kayak and marvel at what goes on below the surface.

Sailors will delight in the secluded coves and bright green lagoons of eastern Mauritius, and appreciate the slow pace of life. Captivating villages dot the landscape between the mountains and the sea.

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Seychelles - Saint Anne

Lying 1,000 miles off Africa’s east coast, between 240 and 600 miles north of the equator in the Indian Ocean, the 115 islands that comprise the Republic of Seychelles are among the most isolated in the world. Today, the population of the entire country numbers only 84,000, and it represents a rich commingling of French, British, Indian, Middle Eastern, and African culture. The French influence remains prominent; Creole is commonly spoken along with English.

While coral atolls make up most of the 72 low-lying Outer Islands, the majority of the Inner Islands, the largest of which consist of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, are geological wonders of twisted granite, mountainous and lush with tropical forests that support species of birds found nowhere else on Earth. Giant tortoises inhabit some of the Seychelles, nesting on the fine, white-sand beaches fronted with exquisitely beautiful coral reefs and azure seas that make a Seychelles yacht charter vacation unique and enriching.

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