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Madagascar and the Seychelles

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Coral Geographer
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Board the Coral Geographer and join this voyage to explore the majestic islands of the Indian Ocean. Visit the Island of Reunion, where you'll find dramatic volcanic scenery, highland tours, and delicious Creole cuisine. Explore the small coastal island of  Île Sainte-Marie and learn about the island’s intriguing pirate history. Continue your journey to the shores of Madagascar, an island renowned for its diverse wildlife and incredibly unique landscapes. Enter pristine national parks to spot lemurs and other endemic species, admire colonial buildings, and visit colorful markets. Enter a bird-watcher's paradise at Desroches, with multitudes of species to see. Finally, cross to La Digue and spend time on the "world’s most beautiful beach," Anse Source d’Argent, before arriving in Mahe.
Explore Madagascar's old towns, built into the rolling hillsidesMahe - Morne Seychellois National ParkDramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the SeychellesAdmire the landscapes of MadagascarLook for ring-tailed lemurs
Highlights
  • Have the chance to see the iconic lemurs of Madagascar
  • Learn of the fascinating pirate history of Île Sainte-Marie
  • Explore the beautiful island of La Digue
  • Relax on "the world’s most beautiful beach," Anse Source d’Argent
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Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Port Louis, Mauritius | Embark

Board Coral Geographer in Port Louis, Mauritius at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.

Day 2-13: Réunion | Madagascar | Seychelles

  • Ship
  • 12 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
Throughout this expedition, your Expedition Team may make changes to the itinerary in order to maximize your expeditionary experience and dependent on sea and weather conditions. Below are the key destinations you may visit.

AT SEA
This itinerary includes 2 days at sea.

SAINT-DENIS, RÉUNION
Known for its dramatic natural wonders, Réunion is formed by a massive submerged volcano. 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 de Boeuf and see Piton de la Fournaise. We will enjoy a Creole lunch before enjoying free time in St Denis.

NOSY BORAHA (ÎLE SAINTE-MARIE)
This island off the east coast of Madagascar has lush vegetation interspersed with many small villages. The bays and coves are protected by coral reefs and historically, it was a popular home for pirates. Walk the botanical trail to the 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 a beautiful island beach for swimming and snorkeling.

NOSY MANGABE & MASOALA N.P.
Nosy Mangabe is a 520-hectare island reserve and one of the most diverse areas of virgin rain forest in Madagascar. Embark on a series of nature walks hoping to spot wildlife. For the birders we will keep an eye out for Madagascar buzzard, kingfisher and paradise flycatchers. At Masoala, 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. This area provides walks and hikes for all fitness levels, and we may also swim from the beach and visit the village.

ANTISIRANANA, MADAGASCAR
Antisiranana, also known as Diego Suarez, is the largest city in northern Madagascar and a gateway to the wonders of this region. Our day includes a choice of expeditions - travel to Montagne d’Ambre National Park to experience the wildlife and nature.

ASSUMPTION ISLAND, SEYCHELLES
This morning, we arrive at Assumption Island, in the Outer Islands. This single coral island has a history of plantations 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.

ALDABRA ATOLL, SEYCHELLES
The second-largest coral atoll in the world, Aldabra Atoll is UNESCO World Heritage protected and due to its isolation, has remained untouched by humans. It is home to an estimated 152,000 giant tortoises, and abounds with other bird and marine life. In this special destination, we will spend our time on guided nature walks, spotting wildlife, snorkeling, or relaxing on one of the many beaches.

ALPHONSE ISLANDS, SEYCHELLES
Today, if conditions allow, we will stop at the island of Alphonse, St. François and Bijoutier, which 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. We will swim and snorkel in the crystal blue water and enjoy nature walks exploring the islands.

DESROCHES, SEYCHELLES
This morning, arrive at the Amirante Group of islands, considered to be among the most untouched islands in the world. If conditions permit, we will explore Desroches Atoll. With the island’s conservation team and our naturalists, we will take nature walks to observe the giant tortoises, as well as the unique plants that grow here. Birdwatching is rewarding, and frigatebirds, Blue Herons, and Crested Terns abound. Snorkeling may be possible over the coral reef.

LA DIGUE & PRASLIN, SEYCHELLES
La Digue is known for spectacular beaches and huge granite boulders. Visit L’Union estate, a former coconut and vanilla plantation, and gain an insight into the colonial history of the island. Relax on ‘the most beautiful beach in the world’, Anse Source d’Argent. Later, visit Praslin Island and drive the scenic coastal road through quaint fishing villages and dense forest to the UNESCO World Heritage Vallee de Mai Nature Reserves. Here, marvel at the forest of 6,000 Coco de Mer palms, with their enormous fan-shaped fronds and famously suggestive seeds. Later, Cote d’Or is perfect for a swim or walk.

Day 14: Mahe, Seychelles | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Mahe to disembark after breakfast.

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Coral Deck Stateroom
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Located on the Coral Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are 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. Twin porthole windows give you views of the world outside.
Promenade Deck Stateroom
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located on the Promenade Deck, these 17 Sq m staterooms are 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. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
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.
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. Along with special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 3.5 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.

Notes

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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