The Indian Ocean is the world's third largest and has long been an avenue for intercultural exchange and trade. Ancient Egyptian, Indonesian, Greek, Roman, and Indonesian explorers were followed by Arabian, Portuguese and Spanish navigators, later supplanted by the Far Eastern empires of the Dutch, French, and English. Experience this rich maritime heritage when you charter an Ocean Voyages yacht- from the Red Sea to far-flung tropical island groups to the wild coasts of the Indian subcontinent and Africa.
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The Seychelles, located northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, are beautiful islands, little visited, and surrounded by clear blue waters and fantastic dive sites. Since the 9th century, when Arab seafarers first sailed the uncharted waters off the east coast of Africa, the Seychelles has been visited by a succession of visitors such as Phoenician traders, Polynesian adventurers, a Chinese flotilla, and pirates.
With its warm, clear water and a profusion of sea life, the Red Sea is justifiably known for some of the best diving in the world. Soft coral, lace coral, sea fans, brilliantly colored fish of every size, and numerous accessible sunken shipwrecks contribute to a spectacular underwater adventure.
The Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, the Socotra Islands are one of the most isolated groups in the world. The islands contain many strange and unique endemic species and exceptional diving. The lack of a natural harbor or anchorage, rampant piracy, and two annual monsoons make access difficult but the islands offer unique rewards to the adventurous traveler.
The Maldivian Archipelago is made up of 2,000 islands, resting in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, and renowned for snorkeling and scuba diving. Each island is surrounded by its own coral reef enclosing a shallow lagoon of turquoise water. Outside the reef, the ocean bed drops down thousands of feet.