The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles

The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles

From AUD $12,030

Description

Discover our new itinerary between Durban, cosmopolitan seaside town of South Africa, and Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Embark on a 16-day cruise and enjoy the exceptional environment of Eparses Islands, Madagascar, Alphonse, Aldabra and La Digue, heavenly islands fringed by white sandy beaches.

Trip Name
The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles
Days
16
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship Length: 142 metres Passenger Capacity: 224 Launched: 2015 A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the philosophy that has made our sisterships such a success: the spirit of Yacht Cruises. Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join our fleet in April 2015. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the our destinations and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation. The result is a subtle variation around a palette of blues, ranging from the  luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in  Mediterranean coves A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Durban (South Africa)
As your vessel cruises along the coast of Durban, from the exterior decks you will be able to admire the long beaches washed by waves from the Indian Ocean and the skyscrapers that overlook the jacaranda-lined avenues. Not far from there, you will be captivated by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancestral land of the Zulu people. The undulating, soft green hills are home to a multitude of small villages with traditional round huts. In the heart of the Phezulu Safari Park, the beliefs and rituals of the fascinating Zulu culture will be revealed to you and you will be treated to a show that pulsates to the beat of Zulu drums.
Day 2 - Days 2 & 3: At sea
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Day 3 - Day 4: Europa (Eparses Islands)
Located in the South of the Mozambique channel, between the African continent and Mozambique, the island of Europa is the largest and best preserved of the Scattered Islands. This ancient atoll of volcanic origin is covered by natural and practically virgin vegetation, a blend of dense forest and mangrove. Small piece of France at the end of the World, the island is surrounded by coral reef, home to an impressive array of marine wildlife. In addition to the many bird colonies that have made the island their home, such as the red-footed booby, the tern or the tropicbird, the white sandy beaches have become the most important laying ground for green turtles in the entire Indian Ocean.
Day 4 - Day 5: At sea
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Day 5 - Days 6 & 7: Juan de Nova (Eparses Islands)
We invite you to board your ship and sail to discover the Scattered islands, virgin and pristine lands often described as “ocean sanctuaries”, and more particularly the island of Juan de Nova. Located deep inside the Mozambique Channel, once known as Saint Christopher, this unusual islet owes its existence to its coral reef, which has slowly developed over time to form an almost submerged land made of coral and sand. Home to the biggest colony of Sooty Tern in the Indian Ocean, this tiny strip of land is classed as a nature reserve and will not fail to enchant you with its rocky hillsides, sand dunes and translucent lagoons.
Day 6 - Day 8: Nosy Komba (Madagascar)
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Day 7 - Day 9: Glorieuses (Eparses Islands)
The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.
Day 8 - Day 10: At sea
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Day 9 - Days 11 & 12: Aldabra (Seychelles)
Located in the very heart of this faraway archipelago, the Aldabra Atoll is considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, where a large population of sea turtles has found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast tract of land is formed by 4 small coral reef islands separated by narrow passes and containing an emerald-water lagoon lined with mangrove and fine-sand beaches. As your ship slowly nears the clear, reflective waters along its shoreline, do not miss your chance to discover this natural wonder, which is considered to be the largest atoll in the world and once fired the imagination of many an explorer.
Day 10 - Day 13: At sea
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Day 11 - Day 14: Alphonse (Seychelles)
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Day 12 - Day 15: La Digue (Seychelles)
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 13 - Day 16: Victoria - Mahe (Seychelles)
Disembarkation
Day 14 - Please Note:
All itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $12,030Superior Stateroom
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $13,090DeLuxe Stateroom
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $50,990Owner’s Suite
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $14,810Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $15,590Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $16,440Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $23,490Deluxe Suite
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $32,370Prestige Suite - Deck 5
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $34,050Privilege Suite
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $39,330Grand Deluxe Suite
25-03-202009-04-2020AUD $50,490Grand Privilege Suite

Inclusions

    • Visit Nosy Komba
    • a beautiful island, placed on the map for its population of habituated black lemurs. There are numerous deserted coves to explore as well as paths that lead through tavy farms and into the hills where you will find birds, chameleons and black lemurs.
    • Discover Scattered Islands (Îles Éparses)
    • five groups of small islands around Madagascar. All islands are nature reserves, with large colonies of seabirds. Europa Island has also one of world's largest nesting sites for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).
    • Visit Aldabra
    • a raised coral atoll that has been basically untouched by humans including the Persians and Arabs who found the island before the Portuguese arrived in 1511. For this reason, it is truly a natural wonder because it has been virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

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