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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Pearls of the Indian Ocean

Explore the Seychelles, Vanilla Islands and Madagascar on this 9-night tropical expedition cruise

Cruise Only
9 nights from £4160pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Seychelles
  • Seychelles
  • Lemur in Madagascar

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Pearls of the Indian Ocean Special Offer

Join Le Bougainville on this brand new tropical expedition cruise to the Vanilla Islands, from the Seychelles to Madagascar, with the opportunity to discover little-known places of breathtaking beauty.

From Victoria on the island of Mahé, sail to Praslin, home to the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. There you will find sea coconuts, gigantic endemic fruits with a very evocative shape, nicknamed the “love nut”. Further on, the small islands of Alphonse and Astove will be an opportunity to snorkel and dive among brightly-coloured sea life.

Continue on to the Glorioso Islands, part of the Scattered Seychelles. This archipelago is home to very few inhabitants, but exceptional fauna, flora and marine mammals. Finally reach Madagascar.

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Pearls of the Indian Ocean Itinerary

Day 1 - Victoria (Mahe)

Embark your ship in Mahe.

Day 2 - 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 3 - Saint Joseph Atoll

In the heart of the Seychelles’ Outer Islands, the coral islands located more than 200 km south of Mahé, the Saint-Joseph Atoll is a magnificent ring of coral islets surrounding a splendid lagoon sparkling in turquoise and emerald green. Since 2014, it has been an integral part of the “D'Arros and St. Joseph Atoll Special Reserve”, a national park and protected marine area that preserve the unique biodiversity of these sites. This veritable nursery for Hawksbill sea turtles, juvenile reef fish, including several species of ray and shark (blacktip reef shark, sicklefin lemon shark) attracts big fish that swim up from the drop-off of the Amirantes plateau, located only two kilometres from the atoll.

Day 4 - Alphonse Island

Alphonse Island is in the Seychelles. Discovered in 1730 by Alphonse de Ponteves, this island is known for its coconut production, is today a natural reserve with different species of marine mammals, turtles and many birds. The Alphonse Island is equally known for the richness of its corals are considered amongst the best-preserved in the Indian Ocean.

Day 5 - Cosmoledo Atoll

The Cosmoledo Atoll owes its nickname, the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, to the beauty of its underwater world, which attracts the most experienced divers: parrotfish, giant rays and clams inhabit the reefs of its crystal waters. The fascinating marine life comes alive as the multi-coloured fish, making the most of the protection of the extraordinary coral reef, come together to feed in the currents formed by the sweeping movements of the tides. Exploited in the past for coconut and agave, the atoll is now uninhabited, apart from an eco-resort in the heart of the nature reserve, which shelters green turtles and significant colonies of sooty terns and red-footed boobies.

Day 6 - Assumption Island

Assumption Island is part of the Aldabra group (Outer Islands), situated in the south-west of the Seychelles. Discovered in the mid-18th century by the French captain Nicolas Morphey, this bean-shaped island covered in dunes and shrubs is relatively flat. A handful of people live there, in a small village in the island’s west. The island’s beaches are a major egg-laying and breeding site for sea turtles. The surrounding waters are ideal for scuba diving. This is where Jacques-Yves Cousteau filmed some of the scenes for his famous documentary film “The Silent World”, released in 1956.

Day 7 - Astove Island

Closer to Madagascar than to Victoria, Astove is the southernmost island in the Seychelles. It is part of the Aldabra group, in the Outer Islands of the 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 sea floor drops to a depth of about 40 metres. The wall is covered in coral and many fish and green sea turtles can be found there.

Day 8 - Glorieuses, Scattered Islands

The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar of unrivalled 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 9 - Nosy Komba - Nosy Tanikely

During your cruise, your ship will stop in Nosy Komba, otherwise known as “lemur island”. Not far from the Madagascar mainland, this volcanic island shaped like a gigantic turtle shell is covered in dense tropical rainforest. This vegetation is home to amusing black lemurs – furry orange-brown and black creatures that are surprisingly agile and call to each other from amongst the trees. The many small beaches and the emerald-coloured water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit. In the heart of the Nosy Be archipelago, discover Nosy Tanikely, nicknamed the “island of little earth.” In addition to a magnificent white sand beach bordering a lagoon of crystal-clear waters, the island, which is uninhabited, has exceptional marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Thanks to this, the area has been classified as a “marine and coastal protected area” since 2010. It is a perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling. Hiking fans won’t be left out either: a stunning walk that climbs to the summit of the island will enable them to discover the old lighthouse built at the beginning of the 20th century and enjoy superb views over the ocean and surrounding islands

Day 10 - Nosy Be

Disembark in Nosy Be.

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

Price Includes

  • 9-night full board expedition cruise
  • Flight between Nosy Be and Mauritius
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • All landings and trips by Zodiac
  • Experienced expedition team on board
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa

Price Does Not Include

  • International Flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Port and safety charges
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