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Curieuse Island in the Seychelles

The Essential Seychelles

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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Board Le Bougainville in Mahé for a 9-day cruise and discover the must-see jewels of the Seychelles islands. The first stop on the cruise is Sainte Anne Marine National Park. Visit Curieuse Island, reputed for its red earth and for the Aldabra giant tortoises that have taken up residence there. Then discover Aride, home to thousands of birds including some endemic species. While in Praslin, don’t miss the chance to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. This is where to find sea coconuts, gigantic endemic fruits with a very evocative shape. Palm trees, granite rock, white sand, and crystal-clear water then awaits on Grande Sœur and La Digue. The beaches on these two stunning islands are each more beautiful than the next, guaranteeing moments of relaxation that lives up to the fantasies of Seychelles. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Victoria, Mahé | Embark
Day 2 : Victoria, Mahé | Saint Anne Marine National Park
Day 3 : Saint Joseph Atoll
Day 4 : Curieuse Island
Day 5 : Aride Island
Day 6 : Grande Soeur
Day 7 : Praslin Island
Day 8 : La Digue Island
Day 9 : Victoria, Mahé | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Vallée de Mai nature reserve in Praslin
  • Discover 8 islands in the Seychelles on a single cruise
  • View the bare red earth of Curieuse, a granite island in the Seychelles
  • Enjoy encounters with the locals

Ship

Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park Curieuse Island in the Seychelles Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles Beautiful beaches of Praslin

Day 1 Victoria, Mahé | Embark

Discover Mahé, the main island of Seychelles and also the largest of the archipelago, home to the capital, Victoria. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life. The island is also famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 meters high and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Mahé is also an island full of history where fine colonial properties rub shoulders with Creole houses - and don’t forget the marvelous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

Day 2 Victoria, Mahé | Saint Anne Marine National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover Mahé, the main island of Seychelles and also the largest of the archipelago, home to the capital, Victoria. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life. The island is also famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 meters high and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Mahé is also an island full of history where fine colonial properties rub shoulders with Creole houses - and don’t forget the marvelous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

Day 3 Saint Joseph Atoll

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Curieuse Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated off the coast of Praslin, Curieuse has a distinguishing feature: its red earth. Discovered in 1768 by the French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, it was ravaged by a fire in 1771 and then home to a leper colony of which a few vestiges still remain. Declared a national marine park in 1979, it is home to many underwater species, which can be discovered while scuba diving or snorkeling in the idyllic waters of the Indian Ocean. But above all, Curieuse is renowned for the hundreds of Aldabra giant tortoises that live there. It is highly likely that you will get the chance to meet these fascinating reptiles. Along with Praslin, it is also the only island on which the sea coconut grows wild.

Day 5 Aride Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Aride is an island in the Seychelles situated a few kilometers north-west of Praslin. Listed as a nature reserve, this pearl of the Indian Ocean will seduce you with the beauty of its landscapes of wild cliffs and fine-sand beaches. Protected from human impact and sometimes called “bird capital”, it is home to several endemic plants as well as exceptional wildlife. Most notably, it is the refuge of an impressive number of seabirds (Seychelles magpie-robins, terns, noddies, and more), and reptiles, such as Wright’s skinks, which can be found in the island’s wooded areas. Sea turtles can also be observed on the island’s beaches, and boxfish can be admired while scuba diving in the surrounding waters.

Day 6 Grande Soeur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Praslin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated some forty kilometers away from Victoria, Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Its idyllic beaches where granite rocks nestle in immaculate sand correspond perfectly to how we imagine the Seychelles to be. They invite visitors to dive into the turquoise waters, which are ideal for snorkeling. In the center of the island, hidden in the heart of a stunning tropical rainforest, lies the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this veritable plant sanctuary, several endemic species of palm trees can be observed, as well as the famous sea coconut, which can weigh up to 20 kg and is sometimes called “coco fesse” because its shape calls to mind a pair of buttocks.

Day 8 La Digue Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
La Digue Island is a veritable concentration of all the beauty of the Seychelles. Located 6 km south-east of Praslin, this small piece of land that looks like paradise is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, despite its modest size (5 km by 3km)! Turquoise waters just asking you to swim in them, lush vegetation sheltering giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with those emblematic large granite rocks with their pink highlights like at the famous Anse Source d’Argent: the perfect picture postcard… Authentic and preserved, the island follows a peaceful rhythm, with the only means of transport along its little roads being bikes or traditional oxcarts.

Day 9 Victoria, Mahé | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Victoria this morning after breakfast.

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Included features:
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  •  Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Comprehensive 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
  • Optional excursions
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  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)
  • Transfers and luggage handling from the airport to the ship
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