Best Gay African Islands in the Indian Ocean

If you think 'holiday', do you picture endless days of summer, one too many Sex on the Beach cocktails, and coming back all giddy and glittery bronzed? Well, meet the African continent's Indian Ocean islands!

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Tropic Like It's Hot at the Indian Ocean Islands

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest body of water globally, and its warm water attracts rainbow-coloured fish and other sea creatures. Whether you're a good ol' beach bum, or you want to explore every nook and cranny these islands have to offer, there's something for everyone. From glass-bottomed boat excursions, diving and snorkelling, exploring historical and cultural sites, relaxing on the beach with a cocktail, or catching up on beauty sleep – it's the ultimate holiday destination.

Family or group holiday? Check. Need some time alone? Check. Romantic getaway? Check, check, check! And, yes, there are gay-friendly Indian Ocean Islands! Take your pick from the floating resorts in the Maldives, never-ending beaches in Mauritius, hidden gem Mozambique, unique Madagascar, or the very gay-friendly Seychelles!

Or why not choose all of them for one ultimate island adventure? Trust us; once you've had a taste of the Indian Ocean life, you'll keep coming back for more. Let's start planning so you can start packing!

Your Questions about Indian Ocean Island Gay Travel Destinations Answered

Which Indian Ocean Islands Are Gay-Friendly?

Of all the Indian Ocean Islands, Seychelles and Mozambique (the latter is actually a coastline but with a string of islands around it) are the only Indian Ocean Islands where homosexuality is legal. However, before you pout and close this tab, we've got good news! As a tourist, the rules are a little bit different for you — especially in designated tourist areas. If you are looking for a classic postcard honeymoon-type destination, Mauritius will not disappoint. Or, if you're looking for something a bit different and exclusive, the Maldives, with its floating bungalows, will quite literally 'float your boat'. Seychelles can give you access to a glitzy party scene or the laidback holiday you desire. However, if you want to dodge the tourist traps, Mozambique is Africa's hidden cultural gem also referred to as the 'Pearl of Africa'.

Why Should I Visit the Indian Ocean Islands?

If you're in desperate need of some Vitamin D (or Vitamin Sea), the Indian Ocean Islands are for you. With warm waves, sunshine all-year-round, surreal sunsets and a never-ending stream of cocktails coming your way. what's not to like? Given that these islands are found scattered around the African continent, the exchange rate should also count in your favour.

What Are Some of the Best Experiences in the Indian Ocean Islands?

Unwinding on the sugary sand and soaking up the sun? Check. Partying until the sun comes up? Check. Getting to know the underwater world of rainbow fish and baffling scenery? Check. Or getting a little bit wet and wild with kite surfing and kayaking? Also, check. You can also expect to go hiking, on cultural tours and many, many more wonderful excursions.

How Easy is it to Travel to the Indian Ocean Islands?

Absolutely! You can easily hop on over to an island on a flight from South Africa, Europe, or The Middle East.

Can I Island Hop in the Indian Ocean Islands?

We kind of expect you to! Why settle for one when you can experience them all? Since they are all located not too far from one another, you can do one long island-hopping holiday.

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