Tropical Archipelagos of Asia
In just under a month, visit sun-kissed scenic islands in the Indian Ocean, the Andaman and Indonesia on this very special winter escape. With chances to explore unspoilt landscapes in search of impressive natural and man-made wonders, captivating wildlife, postcard-perfect beaches and much more, you’ll soon forget about the cold, wet weather back home as you experience a holiday of a lifetime aboard Boudicca.
For a perfect start to your island-hopping adventure, you’ll meet your ship in the Seychelles [ReadMoreMob] and enjoy time at Mahé and Praslin Island to take your pick of quintessential beaches such as Anse Lazio, or perhaps visit UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai, with its huge Coco de Mer nuts and rare Black Parrots. Then it’s on to Malé in the Maldives, from where idyllic atolls including the tropical resort of Kuda Bandos are within reach; and Colombo, the attraction-packed Sri Lankan capital. Particular highlights here are Gangaramaya Temple, one of the city’s most important sacred sites, and the National Museum of Colombo, the largest museum in Sri Lanka. In the Andaman, there are opportunities to bask in the breathtaking beauty of the Andaman Islands and the Thai Island of Phuket. At Port Blair, perhaps you’ll opt to tour to Mahatma Gandhi National Marine Park, a haven for a diverse array of wildlife that includes exotic fish, turtles and crocodiles; or uncover some of Asia’s best beaches at the beautiful neighbouring islands of Ross Island and Havelock Island. Fabulous Phuket – the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ – is sure to delight, whether you simply head to the beach or join an exhilarating speedboat trip to legendary Phang Nga Bay and ‘James Bond Island’.[ReadMoreDesk]
For an unforgettable first glimpse of Indonesia’s spectacular island scenes, you’ll head to Weh Island for jungle smothered interiors that are ripe for exploration, inviting white-sand beaches and warm, clear waters alive with marine creatures, such as manta rays, whales and dolphins. An overnight stay in energetic Singapore will then offer a quick change of pace, before Boudicca stops at Semarang. Situated on Java Island’s picturesque north coast, Semerang serves as a gateway to the sensational, UNESCO-listed Borobudur Temple, famed for its bell-shaped stupas and awe-inspiring volcanic surroundings. A volcanic wonderland awaits your exploration at Lombok Island too; from Lembar you could tour to Gunung Rinjani – Indonesia’s second highest volcano – and marvel at vast crater lakes and bubbling hot springs. Finally, after visiting Komodo Island for a chance to see Komodo Dragons – the world’s largest lizards – in their extraordinary UNESCO-listed natural habitat, you’ll head to beautiful Bali. The remarkable Ubud rice terraces, sacred Goa Gajah Elephant Cave and an abundance of ancient temples are just some of the many attractions you could discover, if you choose to leave the inviting sun-soaked beaches of Benoa behind.