As the meeting point of numerous Indian influences, Mauritius is almost entirely encircled by unbroken coral reefs and natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons – ideal for anchoring. Indeed, the island nation is surrounded by indigo blue waters and treats visitors to a number of notable attractions. In addition to the antiquated towns and villages which occupy the mainland, Mauritius is also home to some stunning beaches with conveniently located anchorages. The Maldives is a beautiful collection of islands in the Indian Ocean which is quickly becoming a yachting hotspot, with the likes of 88.5-metre Nirvana and the big explorer yachts Bold and Ragnar recently on the scene. Those who come here can enjoy a wonderful climate, some of the best beaches in the world and amazing coves and lagoons. The Maldives is an archipelago consisting of 1,190 coral islands inundated with exceptional scenery and a natural beauty that lends itself to many recreational activities and adventures, including some of the world’s best scuba diving.Famed for its undisturbed beauty, the Seychelles are fringed by cobalt blue waters which make approaching the destination by luxury yacht a totally unforgettable experience. Ideal for both the adventurous and those looking to unwind, the picturesque beaches are only a short distance from a number of iconic dive sites. No doubt the most celebrated beach in the Seychelles is Anse Lazio, located in Praslin.Renowned as a tropical retreat, Sri Lanka is another standout destination to be enjoyed in the Indian Ocean. Similarly to the Seychelles, the beaches are situated close to fantastic dive sites populated by a bright and vibrant marine life. For foodies, there is also the option to visit a number of critically-acclaimed restaurants serving up the very best traditional dishes. There’s also plenty of historic interest in Sri Lanka, with the fifth-century fortress of Sigiriya a central point of intrigue.Located in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Africa, Madagascar showcases influences from cultures all around the world, particularly France. Its 5,000km of coastline offers unspoiled waters, perfect for a yacht charter with great spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. The island’s diversity is one of its biggest attractions, with contrasting environments of rich vegetation and beautiful beaches offering much to explore. Visit some of the island’s national parks and nature reserves, such as Andasibe-Mantadia, or discover its cheeky lemur inhabitants. These ring-tailed monkeys are native to the island and will greet you as soon as you go ashore in Nosy Iranja.The Indian Ocean comes with a wealth of possibilities for those discovering the region by superyacht. With countless marinas, an abundance of sublime weather plus an overwhelming welcome from friendly locals, this is nirvana in all its glory. From your superyacht, the warm ocean temperature and fantastic visibility make this region a favourite for spectacular highlights such as spotting the whale shark, or the affable giant tortoises and coconut crabs residing on land.
Wherever you choose to drop anchor and explore in the Indian Ocean, there will be something for everyone. To find out yourself, choose one of the many superyachts currently available to charter in the area with Camper & Nicholsons.
This article was originally published in the Spring 2021 issue of The SuperYacht Times newspaper. To receive all future issues straight to your door, subscribe to the newspaper here.