Embark with PONANT on an expedition cruise to the “Vanilla Islands”, from the Seychelles to Madagascar via the Comoros and Mayotte. This 10-day itinerary aboard Le Bougainville will be an opportunity to discover little-known places of breathtaking natural beauty, an original fauna and flora, as well as meet the locals.
Thanks to the on-board presence of a diving instructor, you will be able to enjoy unforgettable dives in an exceptional underwater environment.
From Victoria on the island of Mahé, you will first sail to Praslin island. 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”.
Further on, the small islands of Alphonse, Astove and Assumption, in the southern part of the Seychelles archipelago, will be an opportunity to snorkel and dive among brightly-coloured sea life.
You will then reach the Glorioso Islands, part of the Scattered Islands. This beautiful archipelago with very few inhabitants is home to exceptional fauna and flora including, in particular, marine turtles.
Your next ports of call will be Mohéli in the Comoros Islands, known for its incredible biodiversity, followed by Mayotte. This small French archipelago protected by a double barrier reef is the refuge of an extremely rich fauna: dolphins, rays, giant turtles, and the region’s last dugongs can be observed here.
Finally, you will reach Madagascar, the island continent, and disembark in Nosy Be, known for its beautiful old-growth forests where rosewood, camphor and ylang-ylang trees thrive.
Please note: your voyage rates include Transfer + flight Nosy Be/Mauritius.