You may have seen photos of sunsets in the Indian Ocean but nothing will prepare you for the splendour and romance of the real thing.
Here’s our round up of the top places to go to get the most romantic and dramatic sunset views in the region.
1. Anse Georgette, Praslin, Seychelles
This quiet secluded beach is often described as one of the most beautiful spots in the Seychelles. Add to that its views out across the ocean to the west and it is possibly the most perfect place to enjoy a romantic Seychellois sunset.
2. Signal Mountain, Port Louis, Mauritius
It is quite a tradition amongst the romantically inclined residents of Port Louis to walk to the top of this peak to enjoy the sunset over the town and the ocean beyond. Enjoy the spectacular views and the laidback island vibe as you walk the gentle climb on a tarmacked path all the way to the top.
3. A sunset cruise on the Indian Ocean
No matter which Indian Ocean island you visit there is no more romantic way to watch the sun go down over the water than on a private sunset cruise. At Constance Halaveli and Constance Moofushi in Maldives you can take a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian wooden boat (dhoni) and watch the sun go down as you float above an endless expanse of blue water, just as the fishermen have here for hundreds of years.
4. The tea factory, Mahé, Seychelles
Drive up through the lush forests of the Morne Seychelles National Park and you will reach the mountain peak of Morne Blanc and its operational tea factory. Come early and take a tour to find out how tea is made but make sure you’re back outside at sunset to watch the sun go down over panoramic views of Mahé’s west coast and the islands beyond.
5. Le Barachois floating bar, Mauritius
Floating on the waters of a peaceful lagoon with uninterrupted ocean views to the west is the elegant, romantic Le Barachois Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice. This place really does make for a sundowner with a difference as you sit back and relax while the dramatic Mauritian sunset casts its colours across the lagoon. A truly unforgettable experience.
6. Les Quatre Frères, Madagascar
These dramatic outcrops of rock to the northwest of Madagascar are the home to a stunning array of seabirds from northern gannets to frigate birds and white-tailed tropic birds. At sunset the sky above the Frères islands is balletic swirl of all the different varieties returning home for the night, making this a breath-taking and utterly unique sunset experience. Sunset boat-trips to Les Quatre Frères are available from Constance Tsarabanjina.
7. Beau Vallon Beach, Mahé, Seychelles
Beau Vallon is one of Mahé’s most popular beaches, although in true Seychellois style even that doesn’t mean it’s particularly crowded! Locals come here at the end of the day to watch the sunset and have a swim giving the beach an authentic, laid back vibe. If, however, you’re looking for solitude just head to the northern end of the beach and you’ll find many secluded spots from which to watch the sun go down. On a Wednesday there’s a market selling street food and local produce, and you’ll usually find some musicians playing local music too.
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