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Seychelles, Madagascar & Reunion | Seychelles - Mauritius | 15 Nights

Explore Seychelles to Mauritius

15 Nights | Departing Seychelles 3 February 2023 | Arriving Mauritius 18 February 2023

This 15-night voyage combines an extensive exploration of three frontier islands that stand at the confluence of Africa, Europe, and Asia – the northern coastline of Madagascar, the isolated island of Reunion, and the remote atolls of the southern Seychelles.

Spend two days at Aldabra Atoll, the world’s second-largest coral atoll, home to the largest colony of wild giant tortoises. Venture onto the shores of Madagascar, famed for the diversity of its rare wildlife and landscape, with 90% of Madagascar’s species found nowhere else on Earth. Visit Masaola National Park and Nosy Mangabe to spot lemurs in their natural habitats. Visit the ylang-ylang, coffee, pepper, and vanilla plantations at Nosy Be. Discover the small coastal island of Île Sainte-Marie and its fascinating pirate history. Finally, spend two days exploring the volcanic cirques and savouring Creole cuisine in Réunion before arriving at Port Louis, Mauritius.

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seychelles-mauritius highlights

 

Expedition Highlights

  • Spend two days at the remote Aldabra Atoll, the world’s second-largest atoll, home to thousands of giant tortoises
  • Dive and snorkel on some of Seychelles’ most remote and beautiful reefs at the Alphonse Islands
  • Have the chance to see the iconic lemurs of Madagascar in habitats at Nosy Mangabe and Masoala National Park
  • Enter a bird watcher’s paradise at the Farquhar Group, with multitudes of species to spot
  • Explore towns and plantations in Madagascar to soak in the history, diverse cultures, and aromas of vanilla, pepper, coffee, and Ylang-ylang.
  • Learn of the fascinating pirate history of Île Sainte-Marie
  • Marvel at Réunion’s dramatic volcanic scenery, and taste delicious creole cuisine
  • Witness the immense diversity of cultures throughout your voyage and get close to the local people and lifestyle

Fares

CORAL GEOGRAPHER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $28,590 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony $21,690 $32,535
Promenade Deck $17,320 $25,980
Coral Deck $14,720 $22,080

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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The Itinerary

Embarkation: Board at Port Victoria, Mahe at 2:00pm for departure at 4:00pm.
Disembarkation: Arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius at 8:00am, to disembark at 9:00am

This itinerary includes 2 days at sea to reach these destinations. During sea days, relax or join our Expedition Team for a program of interactive workshops and presentations..

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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Day 1: Mahé, Seychelles

Board Coral Geographer at Port Victoria, Mahe Seychelles at 2:00pm for a 4:00pm departure. We set sail overnight for Desroches, while you meet and mingle with your fellow guests.

Poivre Island, Seychelles

Snorkelling from the Xplorer tender over coral

Named in 1771 after Pierre Poivre, the governor of Reunion, Poivre is a small island atoll home to a handful of caretakers and conservationists. Poivre Island has had a grandiose history, which is seen in the ruined buildings standing amongst the modern homes. Once used for farming vanilla, nuts, maize and livestock, the island is an important breeding area for turtles as well as supporting numerous birds such as blue herons, Chinese herons, whimbrels, noddies, and greater frigatebirds.

Here we will enjoy a day of snorkelling in the beautiful lagoon surrounding the island. Swim with turtles and schools of fish or spend time birdwatching on the peaceful island.

Alphonse Islands

Today, if conditions allow, we will experience the reefs 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 Seychelles.

Farquhar Group

An Important Bird Area, the Farquhar Group provides incredible birdwatching. 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.

Cosmoledo & Picard Islands, 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.

Assumption Island, Seychelles

Arrive at Assumption Island, in the Outer Islands of 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.

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.

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 known 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.

Nosy Mangabe & Masoala National Park, Madagascar

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.

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.

Saint-Denis, Réunion Island

Reunion

Known for its 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.

Arrive in Réunion at breakfast, with 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.

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.

Day 16: Port Louis, Mauritius

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

February 2023

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
03 February 2023 03 Feb 2023 18 February 2023 18 Feb 2023 $14,720 to $28,590 $14,720 to $28,590 Coral Geographer Available Book

Your Cruise Price Includes

  • The services of an expert expedition team
  • All excursions, including Xplorer and zodiac cruises
  • Local operator excursions at some locations
  • All meals, prepared fresh by our chefs
  • Showcase wines, selected beers and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with the Captain
  • Guided sightseeing in each destination
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Entry visas or travel permits
  • 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 purchase

Tipping not required

Other cruise lines automatically add gratitudes to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. At Coral Expeditions our crew have no other agenda than your delight.

Our friendly reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible. Contact our team on 1800 079 545 during business hours in Australia or email explore@coralexpeditions.com

Travel Insurance:

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. Please refer to our Pre-Departure page for facts that should be considered and shared when speaking with Travel Insurance suppliers

Additional Information:

Photos From Your Expedition

Following your expedition, you will receive a link by email to free download the images taken throughout your voyage by our Expedition Team. Please make sure that you have provided our reservations team with your relevant email address.

Countries Visited/ Currency Accepted:

Seychelles (Currency is SCR), Madagascar (Currency is MGA), Reunion (Currency is EUR) & Mauritius (Currency is MUR).

Languages Spoken/ Dress Codes & Etiquette:

English is spoken in all countries, however there are different languages spoken in different countries. Casual attire suitable for hot climate is best.

Snorkel Opportunities:

These opportunities are a guide and not all are guaranteed.*
There will be approximately 7 opportunities, at:

  • Seychelles – Deroches, Alphonse, Farquhar, Cosmeledo, Aldabra & Assumption (6 occasions)
  • Madagascar – Il Sainte Marie

Hike/Walk Opportunities:

Our Expedition Team will advise walking conditions and fitness requirements prior to each excursion.

  • There are several beach walks in many of the islands in Seychelles
  • Hard Walks and Hiking at Ankarana National Park
  • Moderate Walks at Montagne D’Ambre National Park and Masaola NP in Madagascar

Suggested Readings:

  • Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands, by Ian Sinclair and Oliver Lagrand
  • Birds of Seychelles by Adrian Sherrete et al
  • The Beautiful Plants of Seychelles, by A & J Skerrett
  • Our Environment, Mauritius by Claude and Owadally Michel
  • Rivals in Eden: A History of Seychelles from 1740 – 1827 by William McAteer
  • Hard Times in Paradise: A History of Seychelles from 1827 – 1919 by William McAteer
  • Creating the Creole Island, Slavery in the 18th Century Mauritius by Megan Vaughn
  • History of Madagascar by Mervyn Brown

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