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Essential Seychelles

Enjoy a glimpse of paradise on this brand new luxury expedition cruise to the heart of the spectacular Seychelles, with opportunities for diving and snorkelling among the stunning marine life

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8 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
La Digue
Seychelles marine life
Anse Source d'Argent

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Save up to 20% plus receive £700 flight credit on selected dates! T&C's apply.

Essential Seychelles Special Offer

Explore the heart of the Seychelles on this luxury expedition cruise with Zodiac landings accompanied by expert natural guides and the chance to encounter locals on the islands.

Enjoy unforgettable snorkelling among Sainte Anne Marine National Park's coral reefs then look out for the Aldabra giant tortoises on Curieuse Island. The Aride nature reserve is home to thousands of birds including some endemic species whilst the famous sea coconuts grow in the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve in Praslin.

Beautiful beaches lined with palm trees and granite rock formations await on Grande Soeur and La Digue including the famous beach Anse Source d'Argent.

CP753 Operated by Ponant Luxury and Expedition


Essential Seychelles Itinerary

Day 1 - Mahe (Seychelles)

Embark your ship in Mahe.

Day 2 - Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Lying off the coast of Mahé, the Sainte Anne Marine National Park has been protecting the natural riches and exceptional sea beds of the verdant islands and turquoise lagoons of Sainte-Anne, Longue, Ronde, Moyenne and Cerf since 1973. These dream islands with their white sandy beaches edged with granite rock, crystal-clear waters and coconut trees promise unforgettable moments of relaxation and discovery. These colourful reefs and granite rocks and their large swathes of seagrass are home to a multitude of tropical fish as well as sea turtles, dolphins and several species of ray, including the manta ray.

Day 3 - Desroches Island

Coconut trees, she-oak, white-sand beaches, warm and clear waters: everything here is conducive to daydreaming and relaxation in an intimate setting where the blue sky completes the picture postcard. You are on Desroches Island, the largest in the Amirantes group in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. This 6 km long coral atoll covered in lush vegetation is surrounded by spectacular seabeds where encounters with sharks and manta rays are not uncommon. On the beach, you may be lucky enough to observe sea turtles, there to lay their eggs. In the island’s north, a lighthouse that is still in operation stands guard, and the small village is home to a chapel and a cemetery.

Day 4 - Curieuse Island

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 snorkelling 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

Aride is an island in the Seychelles situated a few kilometres 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.

Day 6 - Grande Soeur

Grande Soeur is a private granite island covered with tropical forests. The surrounding crystalline waters are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Day 7 - Praslin Island

Situated some forty kilometres 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 snorkelling. In the centre 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

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 3 km)! 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 - Mahe

Disembark your ship in Mahe.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 8-night full board cruise
  • All landings and trips by zodiac
  • Expert guides
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - please contact us for details
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Port and safety charges

Please contact us for the latest dates and prices

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