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Small islands of the Indian Ocean

Small Islands of the Indian Ocean - Part 2, 15 Nights, Seychelles to Mauritius

Coral Geographer will undertake her second voyage over 15 nights from the Seychelles to Mauritius, featuring an extensive exploration of the northern coastline of Madagascar and a visit to the majestic island of Reunion. Explore the southern Seychelles region, globally renowned for pure white beaches. Along the way, visit the Aldabra Atoll, the world’s second largest coral atoll and home to the largest colony of wild giant tortoises. Continue your journey to the shores of Madagascar – the 8th continent – famed for the diversity of its endemic wildlife and landscape with something remarkable around every corner. Indeed, the wildlife here is beyond your imagining – 90% of the species here are found nowhere else on Earth.  Enter pristine national parks to spot the ubiquitous lemur, explore through ylang ylang, coffee, pepper and vanilla plantations, admire colonial buildings and visit colourful and bustling marketplaces. Enjoy time in the small coastal island of Île Sainte-Marie, with its pirate history. Then cross to majestic Réunion where guests will enjoy a variety of experiences including trekking, highland tours, and savouring Creole cuisine before arriving in Mauritius.

  • Spend two days at the Aldabra group of islands in the Seychelles, the world’s second largest atoll, home to giant tortoises
  • See Lemurs and Aye Ayes at Masoala National Park
  • Marvel at Réunion’s dramatic volcanic scenery
  • View Tsingy formations in Madagascar at Ankarana National Park
  • Learn of the pirate past of Île Sainte-Marie

About Coral Geographer

Fares

1 February 2021

CORAL GEOGRAPHER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $26,690 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $18,850 $28,275
Promenade Deck $15,700 $23,550
Coral Deck $13,350 $20,025

*Limited sole use occupancy available.

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The itinerary

Embarkation: Board at Mahe Port at 4:00pm for departure at 5:00pm.
Disembarkation: Arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius, to disembark at 8:00am

Day 1: Mahé, Seychelles

Board the Coral Geographer in Mahe, Seychelles at 4pm for a 5pm departure. We set sail overnight for Desroches, while you meet and mingle with your fellow guests.

This itinerary is expeditionary – there may be ongoing itinerary enhancements. The Master and Expedition Team may also alter the itinerary to best suit weather and sea conditions.

Day 2: Desroches, Amirante Group

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, we will spend time exploring Desroches Island. With the islands conservation team and our naturalists, we will take nature walks to observe the giant tortoises and other species, as well as the unique plants that grow here. Birdwatching is rewarding, with frigatebirds, Blue Herons, and Crested Terns abounding.  Snorkelling may be possible over the coral gardens here.

Day 3: Alphonse Islands

Today, if conditions allow, we will 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.  We will swim and snorkel in the crystal blue water and enjoy walks exploring the islands.

Day 4: Farquhar Group

This morning, the remote Farquhar Atoll is our 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 snorkelling or nature walks are the order of the day, should conditions allow.

Day 5-6: Aldabra Group, Seychelles

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 birdlife.  With two days in the Aldabra Group, we have flexibility in our exploration and will adapt to prevailing conditions, spending our time walking in nature, spotting wildlife, snorkelling, or relaxing on one of the many beaches.

Day 7: Assumption Island, Seychelles

This morning, we 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 snorkelling and Scuba diving, should conditions allow.

Day 8: Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be means Big Island is Malagasy. This is one of the primary locations in Madagascar for travellers, but still sleepy enough to intrigue, and we have no shortage of options for our visit.

Guests may choose between the below options:

1. A tour of Nosy Be takes us to the Ylang Ylang distillery, where essential oils are made from the star-shaped flowers of the Cananga odorata genuina 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 colourful bazary be or grand marché 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, we 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 our time here is a trip to Nosy Tanikely, which is famous for its marine reserves teeming with spotted stingragys, turtles, puffer fish, 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)

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.

Guests 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 we will enjoy walks and tours in the refreshingly cool mountain air. This is one of the best places to observe chameleons.

2. We 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 konwn 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

Today, enjoy lectures by our expedition team, or simply relax as we steam towards our next destination.

Day 11: Nosy Mangabe & Masoala National Park, Madagascar

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 centre 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 we will 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 rainforest, 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

Île Sainte-Marie, or Nosy Boraha, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. Its lush vegetation is interspersed with many small villages, 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 colourful 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 snorkelling.

Day 13: At Sea

Today, spend your day relaxing, or enjoy a cooking demonstration with our chef.

Day 14: Saint-Denis, Réunion Island

Known for it’s 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 volcanos,  Piton de la Fournaise.  A collapsed dormant volcano, Piton des Neiges, creates spectacular canyons and gorges in the northwest of the island.

We arrive in Réunion at breakfast, and here we again have options to explore. A full day tour visits the huge volcanic amphitheatres 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. We will enjoy a Creole lunch before visiting a vanilla plantation. Enjoy free time in St Denis in the afternoon.

Day 15: Saint-Denis, Réunion Island

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

This afternoon we depart for Mauritius.

Day 16: Port Louis, Mauritius

This morning, we arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius, to disembark at 8:00am.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

February 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
01 February 2021 01 Feb 2021 16 February 2021 16 Feb 2021 $13,350 to $26,690 $13,350 to $26,690 Coral Geographer Filling Fast Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • 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

Your cruise price does not include:

  • 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

Tipping not required:

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