Indian Ocean Cruises
Imagine a pristine, powdered beach, fringed with swaying palms and surrounded by a coral necklace. Multiply that thought by a thousand, and the result is the islands of the Indian Ocean. This part of the world is paradise; each destination offers diverse cultures, time-honoured traditions, breathtaking natural wonders and amazing endemic wildlife. [ReadMoreMob]
The desert-island dream of the Maldives, where tiny islands are scattered like jewels across a turquoise lagoon, is a sublime, romantic resort. Similarly, the Seychelles, renowned for its postcard-perfect beaches and giant tortoises, presents a heaven on Earth.
An island-hopping cruise through this region offer chances to indulge in a wealth of experiences, such as thrilling helicopter rides over Reunion's vast volcanic landscapes; encounters with Madagascar's endemic fauna and flora; and snorkelling adventures in the Indian Ocean's largest lagoon.
Mayotte Coral Reef & Lagoon
Mayotte is home to the Indian Ocean's largest lagoon, an underwater wonderland of dense reefs alive with stunning marine flora and fauna, including various species of colourful tropical fish and corals. The spectacular beauty of the lagoon can be experienced on unforgettable snorkelling adventures, or on an exciting tour aboard a Bubble Boat.
Port Louis Lions
During calls at Port Louis, Mauritus on a Fred. Olsen cruise it is possible to visit Casela Park and get closer to big cats than ever before. Under the supervision of expert handlers, visitors to the park can observe, walk with and even touch magnificent lions - a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Casela Park's array of wildlife also includes Java deer, wild boar, zebras, ostriches, fruit bats and much more.
Vallee de Mai & Anse Lazio
Praslin Island, in the spectacular Seychelles, is home to two of the Indian Ocean islands' most beautiful and sought-after sites - the Vallee de Mai reserve and Anse Lazio beach. Mystical Vallee de Mai is famous for its coco de mer (double coconut) trees, producing the world's largest seeds, and rare black parrots; while Anse Lazio is widely regarded as one of the best beaches on earth.
Reunion Island Lava Tubes
Formed by the many eruptions of Piton de la Fournaise over several centuries, Reunion's Le Grand Brulé is a six Kilometre wide volcanic scene of basalt columns, black cliffs and lava fields. Exploring this area safely on foot affords opportunities to marvel at these impressive natural formations, and stroll over and under lava tunnels laden with remarkable stalactites and stalagmites.
Moyenne Island & Snorkelling
In the Seychelles, the marvels of Moyenne Island are within reach on catamaran cruises from Mahé. After a short sail to Moyenne, the chance to step ashore and explore the gorgeous, unspoilt landscapes in search of native giant land tortoises is not-to-be-missed. The journey from Mahé to Moyenne often includes a stop within St Anna Marine Park too, with time to snorkel rich corals submerged in warm, crystal-clear waters.