If you’re trawling the internet looking to book a summer holiday which combines exotic adventure and white sand beaches you should consider the Indian Ocean.
The less intense heat of July and August mean it’s the perfect time to explore the beautiful islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar and take the time to really immerse yourself in the region’s rich, exotic culture.
From shopping in local markets and eating delicious local food to exploring these beautiful destinations on nature trails and hiking adventures, this is a great time of year to get beyond the white sand beaches and discover the heart of these stunning islands.
Ideal climate for sunbathing and exploration
Hovering just south of the equator, islands like Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar enjoy a relatively cooler season during July and August, with average temperatures comfortably around 27ºC (so there’s still plenty of sunbathing to be had!).
In the Seychelles and Madagascar, these months also fall firmly within the dry season offering visitors plenty of sunshine and the perfect temperatures for outdoor activities, sports and exploration, not to mention getting involved with the unique cultures of these beautiful islands.
For the Maldives, which sits very close to the equator, the temperature is a relatively steady 28-29ºC all year round so while July and August fall in the country’s wet season, rainfall tends to be dramatic and short lived.
If you dream of long stretches of white sand and clear, warm waters but don’t like your heat too intense then Mauritius’ ‘winter’ offers temperatures similar to an English summer reaching around 24ºC at midday. This makes it the perfect time of year to explore the island’s beautiful, mountainous interior with its numerous hiking trails, adventure parks and stunning scenery.
Below the waves
Of course there’s no need to tell keen scuba divers that July and August are good diving months in the region because most of them will have booked already!
Whether it’s to see the manta rays and whale sharks which pass through the waters of the Maldives in great numbers at this time of year or to watch the 7,000 or so humpback whales which pass by the eastern shore of Madagascar putting on spectacular acrobatic displays from May to November, the Indian Ocean offers a range of stunning sights throughout the summer months.
Activities at Constance
Take the time this summer to try some new activities. At Constance you’ll discover everything from windsurfing and waterskiing to tennis and rock climbing and there’ll still be enough time for you to enjoy sunbathing on the white-sand beach.
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