Indian Ocean Islands

The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world and nestled in its warm waters are a number of spectacular tropical islands. Superb beaches and a fantastic variety of adventure activities and watersports. Visit the Indian Ocean Islands section on our website.

  • Africa Underwater: Our Top 10 Wreck Dives in Africa

    By Matthew Sterne |

    There is something terribly exciting about losing yourself in the crumbling carcass of a shipwreck. Each wreck is tale of storms and scuttled hulls. The treasure found in these skeletons are not gems and gold, but equally special with colourful coral, nudibranchs and vibrant marine life. We’ve adventured along Africa’s coast to find the most beautiful, most interesting shipwrecks. In case you missed the first installment of our Underwater Series - read Africa Underwater: Our Top 5 Reefs in South Africa. Here are our Top 10 Wreck-comended Dives in Africa: How deep is your love? Wreck diving is often subdivided into three types: non-penetration - swimming over and around the wreck. limited penetration - going into an overhead environment, subject to a limit of abou...

  • Rhino Africa's Top 10 Lodges and Hotels in the Indian Ocean Islands

    By Matthew Sterne |

    "I've looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw was beautiful." -- John Locke, ''Lost" The oceans scattered upon the Indian Ocean are truly like worlds unto themselves. So far removed from the reality of white-picketed suburbia and the concrete jungle, these paradisical havens offer respite and rejuvenation. [caption id="attachment_15376" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Map of the Indian Ocean Islands[/caption] From Madagascar’s leaping lemurs to Zanzibar’s giant sea turtles each island is unique in culture, ecosystem, and atmosphere. The one thing they have in common is those postcard-perfect beaches! We’ve uncovered the best of the Indian Ocean and are proud to present Rhino Africa’s Top 10 Lodges and Hotels in the Indian Ocean Islands.  Mauritius Any country whic...

  • 'Lemurs in the Mist' - We Head To Madagascar

    By Tamlin Wightman |

    Some of the Rhino Africa team recently visited the exotic island of Madagascar. Poor them... The team consisted of three of our travel consultants and our video man. None of them had been to Madagascar before. Now they can't talk about anything else. Their Facebook pages are rife with snaps from Mad. Which is what they nicknamed the island - Mad. That's how much they liked it. They visited Tana, Andasibe/Perinet (Mantadia National Park), Anjajavy and Nosy Be during the trip. This is what they had to say... Find out more below and watch the video: Antananarivo Antananarivo is the capital and largest city in Madagascar. It's also known by its French colonial shorthand form 'Tana'. There is not a lot to do here but it makes for a very interesting city, and a very beautif...

  • Wish You Were Here! - Postcards from the Indian Ocean Islands

    By Craig Harding |

    Look at all the pretty pictures! Sometimes writing about a destination just won’t do it justice. Sure if you’re a master of the pen and your descriptions rival those of the Bard himself, that’s perfect. Unfortunately our esteemed writer and resident master of the written word, Tamlin is currently out of the office. This leaves the task to me and I’m still struggling too, to, two learn the difference, if you get my drift. So instead I’ve put together a visual feast showcasing the Indian Ocean Islands. The Indian Ocean is the third largest body of water in the world and nestled in its warm waters are some of Rhino Africa’s most romantic destinations. Find out more about the Indian Ocean Islands on our website here. Discover Madagascar, land of Lemurs and chameleons and...

  • Zanzibar: An Island In Pictures

    By Tamlin Wightman |

    Speaking of Zanzibar, explorer David Livingstone once said, "The finest place I have known in all of Africa...an illusive place where nothing is as it seems. I am mesmerised." (1866) I've ventured to this illusive place, also called Spice Island, a few times in my life and, I must say, Livingstone, I tend to agree with you... it never ceases to beguile. Every corner allures. On this Indian Ocean destination, off the coast of Tanzania about 40 kilometres from Bagamoyoa, you can find yourself, one morning, ambling through potholed side streets past run-down, yet often palatial double/triple/quadruple-storey homes with intricate wooden doors, old forts and majestic photographically-enticing ruins. Various plants and trees tower over the roads, namely gigantic banana trees typical of ...

  • David's Madagascar Diary - Nosy Iranja

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Getting to Nosy Iranja is no mean feat, and will take you the better part of a day. That is if Air Madagascar is by some small miracle running on time, but this in itself is part of the charm of this island paradise. Nosy Be might be an island, but it is still a 30 minute transfer from the airport to the port, followed by a 90 minute boat transfer past tropical islands and along Madagascar’s unspoilt northeast coast, with no developments or settlements as far as the eye can see. The day’s travels however are soon forgotten on arrival to the warm azure waters and white sandy beaches of Nosy Iranja. Nosy Iranja is made up of two Islands, linked by a 1.2 km sand bank, which can be crossed at low tide. The smaller island - Iranja Kely – is home to Nosy Iranja Lodge and really is like n...