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Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park

Zanzibar and the Treasures of the Indian Ocean

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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Embark on Le Bougainville for this special 13-day expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. From Victoria on Mahé, the first sail is to La Digue, where a veritable picture-postcard of Seychelles awaits. Further on, the small islands of Poivre and Alphonse, there is an opportunity to snorkel and dive among brightly-colored sea life, before reaching Aldabra Atoll. After calling at the Glorioso Islands in the Scattered Islands, the ship sets a course for Mayotte for a new stop. The next ports of call is an opportunity to discover several of the wonders of Tanzania. This fabulous trip draws to an end in Zanzibar.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Victoria | Embark
Day 2 : La Digue Island
Day 3 : Alphonse Island
Day 4 : Astove Island
Days 5-6 : Aldabra Atoll
Day 7 : Glorieuses, Scattered Islands
Day 8 : Mamoudzou
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Kilwa Kisiwani | Rukyira Island
Day 11 : Pemba Island
Day 12 : Pemba Island | Misali Island
Day 13 : Zanzibar | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Seychelles, Scattered Islands, Mayotte and some Tanzania islands
  • Ride in Zodiacs with guides and land on idyllic beaches
  • Observe tortoises and many species of birds on Aldabra and Latham Island
  • Dive with an experienced instructor and snorkel with the expedition team

Ship

Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles A snorkeler walking along a white sandy beach. Wildlife tour in  Africa Seychelles Islands beach
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Day 1 Victoria | 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 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 encourage everyone 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 3 Alphonse Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Alphonse Island is located off the Seychelles archipelago. Discovered in 1730 by the Knight Alphonse de Pontevez, this island, specialized in coconut processing in the past, is now a veritable natural reserve, home to different species of marine mammals, sea turtles and many birds. Alphonse Island is also renowned for its rich underwater life and coral, among the best preserved in the Indian Ocean. A marvelous spectacle that can be admired with just a mask!

Day 4 Astove Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Closer to Madagascar than to Victoria, Astove is the southernmost island in Seychelles. It is part of the Aldabra group, in the Outer Islands of Seychelles. Now uninhabited, this coral island covered in coconut trees was once home to the employees that worked on the coconut plantations. Renowned for the richness of its seabeds, Astove Atoll is now a top destination for fishing enthusiasts. It also attracts experienced divers, who visit the atoll to explore the “Astove Wall”, where the seafloor drops to a depth of about 40 meters. The wall is covered in coral and many fish and green sea turtles can be found there.

Day 5-6 Aldabra Atoll

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the very heart of this faraway archipelago, the Aldabra Atoll is considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, where a large population of sea turtles has found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast tract of land is formed by 4 small coral reef islands separated by narrow passes and containing an emerald-water lagoon lined with mangrove and fine-sand beaches. As your ship slowly nears the clear, reflective waters along its shoreline, do not miss your chance to discover this natural wonder, which is considered to be the largest atoll in the world and once fired the imagination of many an explorer.

Day 7 Glorieuses, Scattered Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivaled beauty. Their geographical isolation and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles. 

Day 8 Mamoudzou

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Mamoudzou, the economic capital of Mayotte, nestled between mountains and the coast, is located on the island of Grande-Terre opposite the island of Petite-Terre in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by mountainous relief, the municipality is made up of seven villages. It used to be only a small city before becoming the island’s capital in 1977 when administrative buildings were built. On the seafront, 200 meters from the jetty for Petite-Terre, Mamoudzou’s covered market are a great way to discover this lively and authentic town: there are women selling exotic fruits and vegetables, stalls selling fish from off the coast or the lagoon, spices (especially vanilla), and also textiles (“lambas”) and local crafts.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 10 Kilwa Kisiwani | Rukyira Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Near the Tanzanian coast, around 300 km south of Dar es Salaam, the island of Kilwa Kisiwani is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Occupied from the 9th century to the 11th century, it reached its heights in the 13th and 14th centuries. It was described by the Moroccan explorer Ibn Battouta as “one of the most beautiful cities in the world.” A former Swahili trading city, the island prospered from the trade of gold and ivory from the inland regions. The remains of its former port city cover a large part of the island. Its superb Great Mosque, the oldest mosque remaining on the coast of East Africa, is well worth a visit.

Today explore Rukyira Island too.

Day 11 Pemba Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The second-largest island in the Zanzibar Archipelago edged with fine sand and bathed in a sea in infinite shades of turquoise, Pemba Island astounds with the whiteness of its shores and its abundant tropical forest. It is mountainous with hills full of fertile land and has the nickname “the Green Island.” You’ll fall in love with its quiet shores, full of authenticity. Banana trees, coconut trees, clove trees, nutmeg trees… its lush vegetation ensures the local production of spices that has made its reputation (essentially cloves but also nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, turmeric, pepper, etc.).

Day 12 Pemba Island | Misali Island

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail from Pemba Island to Misali Island.

Renowned for its underwater world, Misali became a protected conservation area in 1998. So, it’s possible to admire its sea beds and swim there, but not to fish. If conditions allow, you’ll perhaps have the chance to see varied underwater fauna. To the north-east of the island, a white sandy beach, bathed in stunningly transparent turquoise water, is an ideal place to relax.

Day 13 Zanzibar | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Once a mythical post along the legendary Indian Ocean trade route, today a certain whiff of adventure still pervades in Zanzibar. Located off the coast of Tanzania, this place often referred to as “spice island” is brimming with natural treasures, such as Jozani Forest, the last remains of the huge primeval forest that once covered the island, home to a unique ecosystem. This port of call will also be the moment to discover ”Stone Town”, the historical centre of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A veritable labyrinth of narrow streets lined with houses made from coral stone, it is home to sumptuous buildings in a multitude of architectural styles, the result of the blending of African, European and Indian cultures.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Zanzibar.
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For all new bookings made from March 9 onward, 2020 departures are fully refundable until 30 days prior to departure and 2021/2022 departures are fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. A full refund may be made in either cash or future cruise credit. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for details.
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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep (no children sizes available)
  • 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).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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