Sure, it's a long way to go, but travelers to the isles of the Indian Ocean are rewarded with wildly exotic beaches, sparkling emerald waters, and Crusoe-style castaway lodgings. Spanning from South Africa to southwest Australia, nowhere else will you feel so far removed as on these tiny territories and vast islands, where the cultures are as intoxicating as the spices and scenery. Find your ideal Indian Ocean idyll here, with our picks for the top 10 Indian Ocean vacations.
by Anisha Shah
Anisha Shah is a luxury and emerging destinations travel journalist. Her background as a BBC TV and radio news reporter, combined with a longstanding love affair with travel, sees her first on the scene of new and exciting travel hot spots. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, Fodor’s, and Yahoo Travel. Follow Anisha on Twitter: @anishahbbc.