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Small Islands of the Indian Ocean: Seychelles to Mauritius

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Enjoy 16 days aboard the Coral Discoverer sailing from Seychelles to Mauritius, featuring an extensive exploration of the northern coastline of Madagascar and a visit to the majestic island of Réunion. Explore the southern Seychelles region, globally renowned for pure white beaches. Along the way, visit Aldabra Atoll, home to the largest colony of wild giant tortoises. Enter pristine national parks to spot the ubiquitous lemur, explore through ylang-ylang, coffee, pepper and vanilla plantations, admire colonial buildings and visit colorful marketplaces. Enjoy time in the small coastal island of Île Sainte-Marie, with its pirate history. Then cross to majestic Réunion to enjoy a variety of experiences including trekking, highland tours, and savoring Creole cuisine before arriving in Mauritius.
 
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Mahe, Seychelles | Embark
Day 2 : Desroches, Amirante Group
Day 3 : Alphonse Islands
Day 4 : Farquhar Atoll
Days 5-6 : Aldabra Atoll
Day 7 : Assumption Island, Seychelles
Day 8 : Nosy Be, Madagascar
Day 9 : Antisiranana (Diego Suarez)
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Nosy Mangabe & Masoala National Park, Madagascar
Day 12 : Nosy Boraha (Île Sainte-Marie), Madagascar
Day 13 : At Sea
Days 14-15 : Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
Day 16 : Port Louis, Mauritius | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Aldabra Atoll, home to giant tortoises
  • See lemurs and aye ayes at Masoala National Park
  • View Tsingy formations in Madagascar at Ankarana National Park
  • Marvel at Réunion’s dramatic volcanic scenery

Ship

Coral Geographer

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Seychelles Islands
  • Alphonse Island
  • Antisiranana
  • Assumption Island
  • Desroches Island
  • Farquhar
  • Madagascar
  • Mahe
  • Nosy Be
  • Nosy Mangabe
  • Port Louis

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park Lemurs of Madagascar Lagoon in the Seychelles A chameleon holds tight to a branch while searching it's surroundings. Lemur family in Madagascar Stone blades of Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

Day 1 Mahe, Seychelles | Embark

Board the Coral Geographer in the afternoon in Mahe, Seychelles. Set sail overnight for Desroches, while you meet and mingle with your fellow guests.

Day 2 Desroches, Amirante Group

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive at the Amirante Group of islands, considered to be some of the most pristine and untouched islands in the world. If conditions permit, spend time exploring Desroches Island. With the islands conservation team and naturalists, take nature walks to observe the giant tortoises and other species, as well as the unique plants that grow here. Bird watching is rewarding, with frigatebirds, blue herons, and crested terns abounding. Snorkeling may be possible over the coral gardens.​

Day 3 Alphonse Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, if conditions allow, stop at the Alphonse Islands. The three pristine islands of Alphonse, St. François and Bijoutier boast miles of spectacular beaches and lagoons brimming with marine life and brilliant coral. They are considered to be some of the most spectacular islands in the Seychelles. Swim and snorkel in the crystal blue water and enjoy walks exploring the islands.

Day 4 Farquhar Atoll

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, the remote Farquhar Atoll is your destination. An important bird area, these islands provide incredible bird-watching. Green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles nest around the edges of the lagoon, and snorkeling or nature walks are the order of the day, should conditions allow.

Day 5-6 Aldabra Atoll

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Considered to be the second-largest coral atoll in the world, Aldabra Atoll is UNESCO World Heritage protected and due to its isolation, has remained untouched by human intervention. It is home to an estimated 152,000 giant tortoises and abounds with other marine and bird life. With two days in the Aldabra Group, you have flexibility in your exploration and will adapt to prevailing conditions, spending time walking in nature, spotting wildlife, snorkeling, or relaxing on one of the many beaches.

Day 7 Assumption Island, Seychelles

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive at Assumption Island, in the outer islands of the Seychelles. This single coral island has a history of plantation and mining, leaving exposed rock and caves, with low-growing vegetation. The 5km long white beach is a lovely base for snorkeling and scuba diving, should conditions allow.

Day 8 Nosy Be, Madagascar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nosy Be means Big Island is Malagasy. This is one of the primary locations in Madagascar for travelers, but still sleepy enough to intrigue, and you have no shortage of options for this visit.

You may choose between the below options:

1. A tour of Nosy Be takes you to the Ylang Ylang distillery, where essential oils are made from the star-shaped flowers of the Cananga odorata genuine plant. Further on, a private park is home to lemurs, chameleons, and tortoises, along with a plantation of tropical delights such as ylang-ylang, coffee, pepper, and vanilla. The colonial buildings and colorful bazary be or grand marche main market of Hell-ville are next. Easy to stroll through, the city provides a glimpse of real Madagascan life. On a drive north to Mount Passot, you will see 7 of the 11 volcanic lakes on the island, before enjoying a splendid view over Nosy Be, the Radama and Mitsio Islands.

2. An option for your time here is a trip to Nosy Tanikely, which is famous for its marine reserves teeming with spotted stingragys, turtles, pufferfish, grouper, and angelfish. Nosy Komba also tempts a visit. This volcanic island just southeast of Nosy Be is known for the "lemur’s garden" where black lemurs congregate.

Day 9 Antisiranana (Diego Suarez)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Antisiranana, the largest city in northern Madagascar, is a gateway to some of the wonders of this region. The vibrant cultures of Antankarana and Skalava, Indians, Arabs, Creole, Chinese and French combine, surrounded by a beautiful and unusual landscape.

You have multiple options for exploration here:

1. A tour to Montagne d’Ambre (Amber Mountain National Park) is one of the most biodiverse places in Madagascar. Here you will enjoy walks and tours in the refreshingly cool mountain air. This is one of the best places to observe chameleons.

2. You also may tour the city of Antisiranana, gaining an insight into the fascinating history, colonial impacts, and local cultures. Shop in the Rue Colbert or visit Ramena Beach.

3. Another option, for those who are physically fit, is to embark on a journey to Ankarana. This national park is known for its incredible Tsingy formations, made as limestone is eroded. Visit caves used by the Antankarana people (the people of the Tsingy) and learn about their fascinating culture. You may also have the opportunity to hike to a dramatic whirlpool, where the rivers of the region converge.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, enjoy lectures by the expedition team, or simply relax as you steam toward the next destination.

Day 11 Nosy Mangabe & Masoala National Park, Madagascar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit Nosy Mangabe, a 520-hectare island reserve and one of the most diverse areas of virgin rain forest in Madagascar. This island has also been an important research center since the 1960s when several aye-ayes and lemurs were released into the forest. Embark on a series of nature walks looking at the varied trees, plants, and ferns, and hope to spot chameleon, lizards, and black-and-white ruffed lemur. For the birders, keep an eye out for Madagascar buzzard, kingfisher and paradise flycatchers.

Masoala National Park, Madagascar’s largest protected area, is comprised of a combination of coastal rain forest, marshes and mangroves. This afternoon, be lured by the chance to spot red-ruffed lemur, red-fronted brown lemur, and ring-tailed mongoose, as well as a multitude of extraordinary chameleons. A refuge for endangered species such a the Madagascar red owl and Madagascar serpent eagle, this region provides a variety of walks and hikes for all fitness levels. You may also have the opportunity to swim from the beach and visit the local village.

Day 12 Nosy Boraha (Île Sainte-Marie), Madagascar

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Île Sainte-Marie, or Nosy Boraha, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. Its lush vegetation is interspersed with many small villages and sandy beaches shaded by coconut palms, and its bays and coves are protected by coral reefs. Historically, it was a popular home for pirates, providing a safe haven for more than a thousand pirates at one time. Maps from that era call it "the island of pirates."

Disembark at Ambodifotatra for a 3-hour walking tour. Walk the botanical trail to the Catholic church before visiting the colorful fruit and vegetable market, with free time to purchase handicrafts and marvel at the entire sperm whale skeleton on display.

In the afternoon, stop at the beautiful island beach for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, spend your day relaxing, or enjoy a cooking demonstration with the chef.

Day 14-15 Saint-Denis, Reunion Island

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Known for its dramatic natural wonders, Réunion is formed by a massive submerged volcano. An overseas department of France, the Creole culture is a vibrant combination of French, African, Chinese, Malagasy, and Indian.

The island was deserted until the 16th century and is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Piton de la Fournaise. A collapsed dormant volcano, Piton des Neiges, creates spectacular canyons and gorges in the northwest of the island.

Arrive in Réunion at breakfast, and here you again have options to explore. A full-day tour visits the huge volcanic amphitheaters known as cirques, with mountains towering overhead and waterfalls plummeting hundreds of feet. Be surrounded by tropical plantations with spices, vanilla, and fruits. Enjoy the views from Nez des Boeufs, and see Piton de la Fournaise. Enjoy a Creole lunch before visiting a vanilla plantation. Enjoy free time in St. Denis in the afternoon.

The second morning in Réunion gives you time to explore the city of St. Denis, or perhaps take a helicopter tour over the volcanic Piton des Neiges.

In the afternoon, depart for Mauritius.

Day 16 Port Louis, Mauritius | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius, to disembark.

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These 21.4 Sq m staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite bathroom has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas. These staterooms are located on the Explorer deck.
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Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • All meals
  • House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
  • 24-hour tea and barista-style coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, and kayaks
  • Touring as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
Exclusions:
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
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