The East African Islands are in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is by far the biggest, and a continent on its own when it comes to wildlife. Most of the smaller islands are independent nations, or associated with France, and known as luxury beach resorts.
Réunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues are collectively known as the Mascarene Islands.
The region also has some small islands administered by France, without regular transportation or hospitality venues.
- 1 Europa Island— a small atoll with an unpaved airstrip.
- 1 The Glorioso Islands— are all part of a small atoll with one airstrip and some anchorages.
- 1 Tromelin— is a small uninhabited island claimed by Mauritius.
The islands along Africa’s coast, such as Socotra, Zanzibar, Mafia Island, the Bazaruto Archipelago and Ilha de Mozambique, have natural and cultural similarities to these islands. They are described as part of their respective country.