The Essential Seychelles

The Essential Seychelles

From AUD $6,810


On this brand-new itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the must-see jewels of the Seychelles. On Mahé, you will board Le Bougainville for a 9-day expedition cruise to the heart of this archipelago’s Inner Islands for a glimpse of paradise.

The first stop on your cruise: Sainte Anne Marine National Park, whose coral reefs are home to stunning species, guaranteeing unforgettable snorkelling.

On Curieuse Island, reputed for its red earth and for the Aldabra giant tortoises that have taken up residence there, take an excursion to the heart of the mangrove. You will then discover Aride, an unspoiled delight of the Indian Ocean, home to thousands of birds including some endemic species.

In Praslin, don’t miss the chance to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. There you will find sea coconuts, gigantic endemic fruits with a very evocative shape, nicknamed the “love nut”.

Palm trees, granite rock, white sand and crystal-clear water then await you on Grande Sœur and La Digue. The beaches on these two stunning islands are each more beautiful than the next, guaranteeing moments of relaxation that will live up to your fantasies of the Seychelles.

Trip Name
The Essential Seychelles
Vessel Type: Luxury Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Bougainville will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Bougainville has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.


Day 1 - Day 1 VICTORIA, MAHÉ
Discover Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles and also the largest of the archipelago, home to the capital, Victoria. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life. The island is also famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 metres high and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Mahé is also an island full of history where fine colonial properties rub shoulders with Creole houses - and don’t forget the marvellous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.
Situated off the coast of Praslin, Curieuse has a distinguishing feature: its red earth. Discovered in 1768 by the French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, it was ravaged by a fire in 1771 and then home to a leper colony of which a few vestiges still remain. Declared a national marine park in 1979, it is home to many underwater species, which can be discovered while scuba diving or snorkelling in the idyllic waters of the Indian Ocean. But above all, Curieuse is renowned for the hundreds of Aldabra giant tortoises that live there. It is highly likely that you will get the chance to meet these fascinating reptiles. Along with Praslin, it is also the only island on which the sea coconut grows wild.
Day 5 - Day 5 ARIDE ISLAND
Aride is an island in the Seychelles situated a few kilometres north-west of Praslin. Listed as a nature reserve, this pearl of the Indian Ocean will seduce you with the beauty of its landscapes of wild cliffs and fine-sand beaches. Protected from human impact and sometimes called “bird capital”, it is home to several endemic plants as well as exceptional wildlife. Most notably, it is the refuge of an impressive number of seabirds (Seychelles magpie-robins, terns, noddies, and more), and reptiles, such as Wright’s skinks, which can be found in the island’s wooded areas. Sea turtles can also be observed on the island’s beaches, and boxfish can be admired while scuba diving in the surrounding waters.
Day 6 - Day 6 GRANDE SŒUR
Situated some forty kilometres away from Victoria, Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles. Its idyllic beaches where granite rocks nestle in immaculate sand correspond perfectly to how we imagine the Seychelles to be. They invite visitors to dive into the turquoise waters, which are ideal for snorkelling. In the centre of the island, hidden in the heart of a stunning tropical rainforest, lies the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In this veritable plant sanctuary, several endemic species of palm trees can be observed, as well as the famous sea coconut, which can weigh up to 20 kg and is sometimes called “coco fesse” because its shape calls to mind a pair of buttocks.
A sprinkling of islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles exude calm and beauty against a backdrop of leafy coconut trees, white sand and crystal-clear water. In addition to the tranquility of its green lagoons and its idyllic beaches, this remote paradise also boasts an exceptional fauna and flora. In the many parks and nature reserves, come and observe colourful birds, giant turtles and the numerous marine species living in the turquoise waters. Before reaching the archipelago’s capital, Mahe, your ship will introduce you to La Digue. Time stands still here on this small stretch of land protected from all motorised traffic, where the only mode of transport is the bicycle or the oxcart.
Day 9 - Day 9 VICTORIA, MAHÉ
Day 10 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $6,810Deluxe Stateroom
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $7,710Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $8,120Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $8,560Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $12,230Deluxe Suite
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $16,860Prestige Suite Deck 5
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $17,740Prestige Suite Deck 6
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $18,650Privilege Suite
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $20,580Grand Deluxe Suite
08-12-202016-12-2020AUD $21,650Owner's Suite
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $7,850Deluxe Stateroom
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $8,870Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $9,340Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $9,840Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $14,020Deluxe Suite
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $19,310Prestige Suite Deck 5
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $20,320Prestige Suite Deck 6
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $21,350Privilege Suite
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $23,550Grand Deluxe Suite
28-12-202005-01-2021AUD $24,760Owner's Suite
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $6,810Deluxe Stateroom
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $7,710Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $8,120Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $8,560Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $12,230Deluxe Suite
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $16,860Prestige Suite Deck 5
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $17,740Prestige Suite Deck 6
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $18,650Privilege Suite
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $20,580Grand Deluxe Suite
05-01-202113-01-2021AUD $21,650Owner's Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $6,810Deluxe Stateroom
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $7,710Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $8,120Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $8,560Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $12,230Deluxe Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $16,860Prestige Suite Deck 5
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $17,740Prestige Suite Deck 6
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $18,650Privilege Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $20,580Grand Deluxe Suite
25-01-202102-02-2021AUD $21,650Owner's Suite
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $6,810Deluxe Stateroom
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $7,710Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $8,120Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $8,560Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $12,230Deluxe Suite
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $16,860Prestige Suite Deck 5
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $17,740Prestige Suite Deck 6
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $18,650Privilege Suite
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $20,580Grand Deluxe Suite
04-03-202112-03-2021AUD $21,650Owner's Suite


    • Landing in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • UNESCO site: the Vallée de Mai nature reserve in Praslin.
    • Discover 8 islands in the Seychelles on a single cruise.
    • The Aride nature reserve, a treasure of the Seychelles with some 73 hectares of colourful vegetation and more than one million birds.
    • The bare red earth of Curieuse, a granite island in the Seychelles.
    • Anse Source d’Argent, the most famous beach of La Digue, surrounded by large blocks of granite and edged with coconut palms.
    • Possibility of observing tortoises on Saint Joseph and Curieuse.
    • Encounters with the locals.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.