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You are planning a dreamy tropical island getaway to escape this everlasting winter season, but you can't decide where to go (there are more problems). But don't fret because our expert team has prepared a definitive list to help you decide which paradise is the Indian Ocean island (or island) for you ...

This photo was shot with my DJI Phantom 3 in Thailand, Krabi in 2016. It’s possible to get to the Sirithan Beach (sandy island) walking from the mainland (more right) in the water. The maximum depth in the most shallow path is waist-high. A little inconvenience totally worth it because the beach is almost empty and feels like a paradise.
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Best for romance and comfort: Maldives

The Maldives is undoubtedly a cluster of islands for romance and relaxation thanks to a sprinkling of beautifully luxurious and stylish private resorts to relax in. Along with pure relaxation, the Maldives is a spectacular diving spot with an astounding amount of diverse marine life. Original diving works with many hotels that have in-house reefs to dive directly from your beachside villa. For those of you who prefer to stay a little closer to the sea surface, there is also world-class snorkeling to enjoy the many shallow reefs of the Maldives. If you are looking for a combo trip, we suggest exploring the Sri Lankan tea gardens and World Heritage Sites of the Cultural Triangle before leaving for a few days of pure relaxation and pampering in the Maldives.

When is best to go: December - April

Boats by a rocky island
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Best for local culture: Mauritius

There is much more to Mauritius than just a tropical, tasteful Indian Ocean island with untouched rocks (although it sounds awesome to us). Mauritius has an eclectic mix of French, British and Creole culture that is quite prevalent throughout the island. Enjoy excursions such as visiting local villages and exploring the many markets to take home the local goodies, while indulging in some of the island's delicious local cuisine which is an interesting fusion of its various cultural influences. If you want to extend your trip by spending some time in Africa, Mauritius is an ideal Indian Ocean island to enjoy in conjunction with time spent on safari in the South African bush.

When is best to go: April - November

Shot in Seychelles - Praslin
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Best for island hopping: Seychelles
Composed of 115 islands, visiting one of the stunning islands of the Seychelles would be a travel offense, featuring white sandy beaches with unique rock formations, colorful aquatic life in perfectly clear waters and an interesting local culture to immerse is. in it's own. After all, it is not every day that you are on an island in the Indian Ocean from East Africa. Take time to spend your vacations between the islands, explore hidden tropical beaches, nature reserves and hiking trails, as well as immerse yourself in the islands' rich culture and Creole cuisine - one of French and Indian influences. Delicious mixture. Kenya and Tanzania are located more than a thousand miles west of the Seychelles, making both excellent 'bush and beach' combination options.

When is best to go: April - November