Islands of the Indian Ocean
This incredible journey begins in Port Louis, a city renowned for its mix of cultures, religions and ethnicities. Sample the diversity of the Mauritian lifestyle, with time to taste local teas in the beautiful Chinese Pagoda, stop by the local stamp museum, explore the colourful central market and much more before you set sail. Alternatively you could tour to Casela National Park and walk with lions; or head to the south of the island, a showcase of breathtaking natural wonders including the Trou-aux-Cerfs Volcano and the ‘Seven Coloured Earth’ sand dunes. Heading north, an abundance of ‘must-do’ experiences will await you in the Seychelles. With almost two days on Praslin Island you could join an incredible Robinson Crusoe Adventure tour from Praslin Island in search of huge Coco de Mer nuts and Aldabra Giant Land Tortoises, one of the largest tortoise species in the world; then from Mahé discover the beautiful, uninhabited island of Moyenne on a memorable catamaran cruise. Sandwiched between these calls is a magical cruise by Silhouette Island at sunset – a simply unforgettable spectacle. [ReadMore]
During a day-long stop at the French island of Mayotte, you will have the opportunity to observe the breahtaking fauna and flora of the Indian Ocean's largest lagoon. You could look out for colourful fish, vibrant coral reefs and even dolphins from aboard a glass bottom boat; or even go snorkelling in the crystal clear waters and see the wonders of this natural aquarium up-close. Amazing plant and animal life awaits your discovery in Madagascar too, with two days to discover the best of this world-famous natural wonderland. Hell-Ville is perfectly placed for tours to Nosy Be’s tropical, 740-hectare Lokobe National Park; while Amber Mountain National Park is within easy reach of Diego Suarez. Both of these calls offer you the chance to see wonderful wildlife such as lemurs, chameleons, geckos, boa constrictors and much more in their unspoilt natural habitat. Before returning to Mauritius, you can also savour the sweeping volcanic landscapes of Reunion Island on a hike or exhilarating helicopter tour from Port Reunion.