There are wonderful reasons why its islands are the stuff of travel dreams, and what better way to experience these oceanic havens than by yacht, carefully circumnavigating each island and exploring every pristine bay and reef.
The 115 islands of this tropical archipelago are like the desert islands of your dreams. Green hills rise from scattered islands like emeralds on the sparkling sea, white beaches dazzle against a shifting palette of turquoise and blue waters, and huge boulders lie discarded on the shores, as though the Gods themselves put them there.
This chain of pearl-white islands ringed with celeste-coloured lagoons and cocooned by a cloak of coral reef, sit in the Indian Ocean like jewels on a necklace.
Long considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world, a private yacht charter in the Maldives offers access to crystal-clear waters, safe diving and a level of luxury rarely experienced elsewhere.
This African island, some 900km to the east of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, is like a little slice of Heaven.
Mauritius an idyllic charter destination – indeed, it is hard to find fault with this forest-green island, outlined with soft, white sands and encircled by coral reef and gentle blue seas, and filled with tropical mountainous interiors.