Indian Ocean Islands

Chagos Archipelago : The Chagos Archipelago lies somewhat in the centre of the Indian Ocean, about 450 km south of the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. The 57 odd islands and atolls are part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. The only inhabitants are the people who are employed with the US and UK military facilities on Diego Garcia. More...

Christmas Island : It's a tiny island belonging to Australia. Don't be fooled by its size because about 60% of the island is a national park. It houses birds, plants and animals that are unique to the island - the most common one being the Red Crab. They are such a famous sight that there's a festival named after them – The Red Crab Festival. More...

Comoros : Comoros is located between Madagascar and Mozambique at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel in Africa. Its capital is Moroni. This island had travelers and trade relations with Africa, Madagascar, Indonesia, and Arabia way before the first Europeans came here. More...

Indonesia : The largest archipelago, Indonesia, comprises seventeen thousand islands that extend along the equator. As it stretches for about five thousand miles, it shares borders with a lot of countries – Malaysia and Indochina to the north-west, Philippines and Micronesia to the north and Australia in the south. More...

Madagascar : It's the world's fourth largest island. It was earlier called Malagasy Republic and is near the southeastern coast of the African continent. As a former French colony, French is quite widely used; but the Malagasy language which is of Malayo-Polynesian origin is spoken more commonly in the islands. More...

Maldives : This island country is located to the south of the Lakshadweep islands in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives is collection of 1,192 islets out of which two hundred are inhabited. The atolls and islets were formed from coral structures. In terms of population, the Maldives is the smallest Asian country. More...

Mauritius : Mauritius is a luring horizon for people all over the world. It is located on the equator in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. It also includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Along with Réunion and Rodrigues, Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands. More...

Mayotte : This island, located between Mozambique and Madagascar, is geographically a part of Comoros and is claimed by it. But it’s an overseas region of France. Mayotte is divided into two islands and has many islets and atolls around it. More...

Reunion Island : This Indian Ocean Island is situated about 200 km to the south west of Mauritius. It was previously called Île Bourbon by the French. Reunion is an overseas region of France. The language, cultural aspects and traditions of Reunion are very similar to Seychelles and Mauritius. More..

Seychelles : The 115 islands that make up Seychelles lie around 1600 km away from The East African coast. French and English are the official languages. There’s also the Seychellois Creole which is a creole based on French. Most of the population is Christian. More...

Sri Lanka : It’s an island located off the southern Indian coast. Until 1972, Sri Lanka was known by the name, Ceylon. Sri Lanka's climate is tropical. Although it can be quite hot the beaches are cooled by the ocean winds.The majority of the population is Sinhalese. More..

Zanzibar : Zanzibar is a part of Tanzania and is located off the East African coast. The archipelago comprises small islands and two large ones. It was once the separate state of Zanzibar, which united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania later. More...

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