Indian Ocean Islands
With the diverse highlights of spectacular paradise islands and a few lesser-known destinations found off the beaten track to discover, you’re in for a simply unforgettable festive season on this extraordinary exotic voyage aboard Boudicca.
You’ll have chances to experience the cultural diversity of Mauritius during time spent in Port Louis, Perhaps you’ll opt to explore the city’s lively markets, try local teas at the beautiful Chinese Pagoda and visit the impressive Kaylasson Temple for a taste of everyday Mauritian life. You could take the opportunity to tour to the breathtaking Trou-aux-Cerfs Volcano and striking ‘Seven-Coloured Earth’ sand dunes too. In the Seychelles, visits to Praslin Island and Mahé will present you with some of this spectacular archipelago’s most incredible sights and experiences. You can visit UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai in search of huge Coco de Mer nuts and rare Black Parrots; soak up the sunshine on the idyllic Anse Lazio beach; and take a boat tour to Moyenne Island to encounter giant land tortoises. Cruising by Silhouette Island at sunset will be a magical experience too. You’ll also enjoy calls at two captivating destinations in the Maldives for a taste of authentic Maldivian life. Experience the Maldives’ energetic side in Malé, boasting corridor-like streets lined with tall tower blocks; soak-up the laid-back atmosphere of Uligamu; and seek-out idyllic atolls, such as the tropical island resort of Kuda Bandos. [ReadMore]
The marvels of Mayotte are yours to uncover during stops at Mamoudzou, the French island’s sprawling capital. Don’t miss the chance to snorkel the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon to see a variety of coral and tropical fish species up-close. On dry land you might choose to explore Mayotte’s lush landscapes and beautiful botanical gardens. You’ll also have chance to explore the fascinating history of Zanzibar. It’s well worth taking in the historic sites of the Stone Town area, such as the old fort, harrowing slave chambers, the sultana market and 19th century Anglican Church. Inviting sugar-like beaches and barrier reefs are close-by too. As if all that wasn’t enough, you’ll also celebrate a magical Christmas at sea, spend Boxing Day at Port Reunion – gateway to the breathtaking volcanic landscapes of Reunion Island – and see in 2019 on board Boudicca in the company of friends, fellow guests and your ship’s friendly staff.