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+44 1756 706500

The Vanilla Islands

Sail from exotic Madagascar to the colourful islands of the Seychelles, including the World Heritage-listed natural sanctuary of Aldabra Atoll, on this brand new luxury expedition cruise, with Zodiac outings accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides

Cruise Only
9 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Nosy Be
  • La Digue
  • Seychelles turtle
  • La Digue

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The Vanilla Islands Special Offer

Enjoy a taste of paradise on this brand new tropical expedition cruise on board luxury ship Le Bougainville through the heart of the spectacular Seychelles.

The small French archipelago of Mayotte is home to dolphins, giant turtles and the region’s last dugongs whilst the wild island of Mohéli shelters rare and endemic fauna including the Comoro falcon. The remote Scattered Islands are a true geological sanctuary and offer visitors pristine mangroves, 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.

Call at the World Heritage-listed natural sanctuary of Aldabra Atoll before reaching the small islands of Poivre, Alphonse and La Digue which offer the chance to snorkel and dive among brightly-coloured marine life. Throughout the cruise there is the chance to snorkel with the expedition team or experience spectacular diving with the expert instructor on board. Outings in Zodiac inflatables are accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides.

CP765 Operated by Ponant Luxury and Expedition


The Vanilla Islands Itinerary

Day 1 - Mauritius - Nosy Be (Madagascar)

Fly from Mauritius to Nosy Be and embark Le Bougainville.

Day 2 - Mamoudzou (Mayotte)

The small French archipelago of Mazotte is protected by a double barrier reef and is home to a fantastic range of wildlife including dolphins, rays, giant turtles and dugongs.

Day 3 - Moheli

The wild island of Moheli is home to Moheli National Park, the first protected natural environment in the Comoros. Visitors may spot the Comoro falcon, the maki (a lemur living exclusively in this region), green sea turtles and Livingstone’s fruit bats, the largest flying foxes in the world.

Day 4 - Glorieuses (Scattered Islands)

The Scattered Islands form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty in the Mozambique channel. It is made up of two islands, Grande Glorieuse and Ile du Lys, as well as several islets. The archipelago is rich in flora and home to a variety of wildlife. The long beaches of shimmering sand stretch out behind turquoise lagoons, with coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.

Day 5 - Aldabra Atoll (Seychelles)

Located in the heart of the Seychelles is the Aldabra Atoll, an unspoilt sanctuary where a large population of sea turtles have found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the atoll is formed by four coral reef islands and contains an emerald lagoon lined with mangrove and white sandy beaches.

Day 6 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 7 - Alphonse Island

The waters surrounding Alphonse Island are home to a variety of fish, from bonefish to barracuda and milkfish. Many birds migrate to the island including the red knot and common chiffchaff.

Day 8 - Poivre Island

Poivre is famous for its attractive semi-lagoon which separates two coral islands and is ideal for snorkelling and diving, with the chance to spot sea turtles in the turquoise waters.

Day 9 - La Digue Island - Mahe

There are very few vehicles on the island of La Digue. The beaches are breathtaking, with the stunning Anse de Source d'Argent framed by magnificent boulders, said to be the most photographed beach in the world. The crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Discover Mahé's fine sandy beaches and learn more about the island's colonial and Creole history.

Day 10 - Mahe

Disembark Le Bougainville in Mahé.

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 from Mauritius to Nosy Be (or vice versa) and transfer from airport to ship
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • All landings and trips by zodiac
  • Water sports activities when permitted
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights and transfers
  • Port charges and taxes
  • Additional optional shore excursions (sold on board)
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
Map for The Vanilla Islands