Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS)
Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South Chinas Sea, together abbreviated as AIMS, have nine main islands under the group of Small Island Developing States. Out of 52 Small Island Developing States and nine from the region of AIMS, six islands are under Africa. These are Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe and Seychelles. Seychelles comprise of 115 islands and takes up the smallest area compared to the rest, while Guinea Bissau is the largest with 80 islands in total. Apart from the African islands, we have Bahrain, Maldives, and Singapore.
These countries trigger vivid picturesque images to tourists who characterize the tranquil beaches, green landscapes, turquoise waters and reefs, like heaven on earth. The islands are breathtaking for a tour and are diverse socially, economically, politically and geographically. Although, they are prone to cyclones, hurricanes, storms and droughts, with frequent climatic changes as well, they are preferred by tourists who love to explore. People just need to be a little careful on their vacation timings, and they’d get the best of these islands. Let us read through some short descriptions of them, after which you can browse through the detailed descriptions:
Bahrain Islands are an archipelago to the Middle East and lie by the Arab Gulf. Travelers love to come here because it is socially liberal and yet gives the authentic Arab feel. The culture of the people reflects a cosmopolitan side, and they make an apt tourist’s destination with its sophistication and amenities. The climate here is like a tropical desert climate and usually stays dry. The best times to tour would be from winters to spring.
This island country lies on the Atlantic Ocean. Most islands here are mountainous and had been out of resources for a long time. It has been developing since the 21st century after they had devastating famines in later 20th century. At present, it has seen a positive reputation after promoting stable democracy in Africa. The increase in standard of living higher and politically liberations have improved their tourism scenario. The climate here is mostly temperate with warm and dry summers. The best time for visits is around and after September when the rainfall is just over.
This island nation is situated off the East Africa coast and falls on the Indian Ocean. Landing here takes you away from the clutter and busy lives, among some sprawling hotels, neon discos, fabulous eateries and lots of activities to do. It is one of the most economical places to tour through, as they standard of living is low. The climate here is tropical and pretty warm. The coastal areas are usually hot and humid, with occasional rains and cyclones.
This is a country which is also into developments and improvements, with many saddening reports but is yet successful in pulling off a travelers smile. From the loud to soft music, from grilled oysters with lime to faded colonial houses, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The climate here keeps fluctuating all through. The average is 26.3° Celsius and rainfalls are around 2,024 mm, but mostly accounted from June to September. The country goes through a drought period from December to April, so travel plans ought to be made accordingly.
It is an archipelago comprising of 1,192 islands and is grouped in 26 coral atolls. It is situated on the Indian Ocean, falls under Southern Asia and is south-southwest of India. Maldives came into prominence as a tourist’s destination after the 1970s. Today, it is not only a popular tourist’s site but also comprises of its 300,000 inhabitants. Tourism accounts for over 28% of their GDP, which assures you that coming here, can never be wrong! The climate here is tropical and gets plenty of sunshine. The temperature stays around 30° Celsius, and rains are mostly from April to October.
This multi-cultural island falls on the Indian Ocean and is situated east of Madagascar. Like Maldives, this too is a popular tourist’s hub and has dense crowds all year round. The island is known for its beaches, lagoons, reefs, along with volcanoes, rainforests, waterfalls, and hiking trails. The temperature is tropical but modified by southeast trade winds. They are dry during winter months between May to November and hot and humid from November to May.
São Tomé and Príncipe:
This is a small island country lying off the Atlantic coast. It is located in the Gulf of Guinea and straddles through the Equator. It was discovered by Portugal in late 15th century, and the islands had been a sugar-based economy which then gave way to produce coffee and cocoa. The palm-fringed beaches, emerald rainforest, mellow fishing villages and soaring volcanic peaks, are few of the highlights which attract people to tour the country. The climate is tropical by the waters, and takes makes is hot and humid with about 27 ° Celsius at an average. The interior gets chilly during the rights and is full of rain from October to May.
As mentioned before, there are 115 islands in this archipelago, which lies on the Indian Ocean, and off the East African coast. The beaches look like they have been powdered with white sands, and are lapped by topaz waters. The landscapes follow up with lush hills, and it is one of the truest tropical paradises to travel through. The climate stays moderate with less of heat or cold. The temperature rarely goes below 24° Celsius or and 32° Celsius.
The Singapore Island in South Asia was founded as a British trading colony from 1819. Since then, it has been one of the most prosperous countries. Blending the skyscrapers and subways of modernity, the region is a medley of Chinese, Indian and Malaysian influences. The climate here is tropical, and people love to come here for food and shopping. Their vibrant night-life scene is also one attractive side to see. What makes Singapore easy to tour are their less stringent entry requirements. A lot of people tend to fly in here for work and inhabitance.