Adventurous couple getaways: Why an Indian Ocean holiday is a must

With travellers’ favourite Indian Ocean island destinations being open to South Africans, here are the reasons why they are perfect for active, adventurous couples.

Sipping cocktails and spending idyllic days on white beaches is not all there is to an Indian Ocean getaway. For active and adventurous couples, there is so much more to tap into while on holiday at their favourite Indian Ocean destination.

The ocean is your playground

Due to its wonderful tropical climate and warm waters, the Indian Ocean and water sports are a match made in heaven. Whether you’re visiting the Seychelles, Mauritius or the Maldives, you will undoubtedly be spoilt for choice.

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Windsurfing after breakfast, jet-skiing before lunch or paddleboarding at sunset are experiences right at your fingertips while galivanting amidst the Indian Ocean archipelagos.

For adrenaline junkies, water skiing and wakeboarding over turquoise oceanic stretches will certainly calm your adventure cravings. Many resorts also offer lessons for those keen to learn from scratch or wanting to improve their skills, so you’ll be like a fish in the water in no time.

For a more laidback experience, hop on a catamaran, head out onto the ocean and try your hand at sailing between the beautiful stretches of beach and coral reef. It might even pose as the perfect way to get to know your partner better.

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A holiday in the Maldives will also expose you to some of the best diving spots in the world. With 26 atolls, coral reefs and islands in the archipelago, you’ll probably be spending most of your time sightseeing underwater. Diving enthusiasts and snorkelers can expect to see an array of ocean creatures, including tropical fish and exotic mantra rays and the waters also boast historical shipwrecks and impressive rock formations for adventurous couples to explore.

Whether you’re a beginner or expert when it comes to diving, you will find the perfect diving environment for your liking amongst spectacular lagoons, reefs and drifts.

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Adventurous couple getaways in nature

Island destinations always have a rich offering when it comes to active holidays for couples, and it doesn’t even always have to be underwater. In fact, there are numerous outdoor activities to tap into.

The Seychelles is home to world-class game fishing and much loved for saltwater fly fishing. The island also boasts some of the most amazing hiking trails, with one of the must-do hikes being the Copolia Lodge Trail.

The path, which is located in the Morne Seychellois National Park, winds through shady forest up the 297m high Copolia and at the top you are spoiled with a panoramic view of the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, home to the new all-inclusive Club Med Seychelles.

The Copolia Trail in Seychelles
The Copolia Trail in Seychelles. Picture: iStock

For an even more memorable adventurous couple getaway, combine the hike with a yoga session at the top of the mountain.

And, if you’re keen on learning a new skill, you can try your hand at padel tennis – a new sport taking over the world. Invented in Spain, padel tennis is a mix of squash and tennis and you can try it out at the only padel court on the island at Club Med Seychelles.

Club Med Seychelles padel tennis
Learn a new skill on your adventurous couple getaway, like padel tennis. Picture: iStock

Stay and swing (the golf club)

Mauritius has always been a popular island destination for South Africans and with its white sandy beaches, azure waters and tropical jungles, it has everything you might need from a holiday for active couples.

But, did you know that Mauritius is also a popular golfing destination? It is home to some of the world’s top championship golf courses and you will be surprised by the variety offered and the landscapes that surround them.

Mauritius golf
Views from the golf course in Mauritius. Picture: iStock

Try out the island’s latest golf course addition, Mont Choisy Le Golf at Club Med La Plantation d’Albion. Designed by the legendary Zimbabwean golf course designer, Peter Matkovich, you’re sure in for a treat. The course was designed as an ode to the natural beauty of Mauritius, boasting impressive mountainous views interwoven with the island’s tropical beauty.

After a day of adventure, be sure to also enjoy a drink at the resort’s recently renovated, bohemian-chic Beach Bar and start planning for your next Indian Ocean getaway!

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