Japanese Subtropical Islands (Le Laperouse)

Japanese Subtropical Islands (Le Laperouse)

From AUD $6,990


In partnership with GEO.

PONANT is the first cruise company to take you to the heart of the sublime landscapes of the tropical islands in southern Japan during an expedition cruise. On this all-new 10-day itinerary aboard Le Lapérouse, from Osaka to Manila, you will discover the rich natural heritage of the Okinawa archipelago and the Ryuku Islands.

You will board your ship in Osaka, before setting sail south to reach this string of idyllic islands.

After your discovery of the wild coastlines of the small coral island of Okinoerabujima, you will be able to admire some of Japan’s most beautiful beaches on the Okinawa archipelago: white sand, turquoise sea, coral reefs. These unspoiled islands are home to exceptional fauna and flora that you will be able to explore while snorkelling or diving.

Le Lapérouse will then sail towards the magnificent Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park. Here wild beaches mix with traditional villages and lush, protected and intact, tropical forest: jungle, mangroves, rivers, waterfalls. This unique biodiversity is made up of many endemic species.

The landscapes on the remote island of Yonagunijima, the easternmost of the Ryuku Islands, offer a striking contrast: cliffs, windswept meadows, wild horses. The beauty of its sea beds and their mysterious rocky formations will delight the most experienced divers.

You will then cruise to Manila, a city full of contrasts, capital of the Philippines, your disembarkation port.

Trip Name
Japanese Subtropical Islands (Le Laperouse)
Vessel Type: Luxury Length: 127 metres 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. 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 Lapérouse 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 Lapérouse 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 OSAKA
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity. The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.
Day 2 - Day 2 AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Day 4 - Day 4 ZAMAMI
Day 5 - Day 5 KUMEJIMA
Day 8 - Days 8 - 9 AT SEA
Day 9 - Day 10 MANILA
On first sight, the Philippines' capital shows its highly Americanised Asian megalopolis side, with ultramodern skyscrapers set all along the waterfront. But when you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Intramuros district, you'll discover a different side of Manila, one that's full of old-world charm. An enchanted pause in the middle of urban bustle, Rizal Park's 60 hectares of magnificent green parkland is perfect for recharging your batteries. To see the city from a different angle, take a walk along Roxas boulevard, a popular seaside promenade.
Day 10 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $6,990Deluxe Stateroom
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $7,910Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $8,350Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $8,790Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $12,610Deluxe Suite
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $17,400Prestige Suite Deck 5
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $18,310Prestige Suite Deck 6
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $19,250Privilege Suite
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $21,260Grand Deluxe Suite
28-06-202107-07-2021AUD $22,360Owner's Suite


    • A cruise in partnership with GEO.
    • First expedition cruise in the world to the heart of the sublime landscapes of the tropical islands in southern Japan.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Varied landscapes: white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, coral reefs, tropical forest, mangroves, rivers, cliffs, caves, waterfalls.
    • Discover traditional villages.
    • From Osaka (embarkation port), possibility to discover the ancient imperial capitals of Kyoto and Nara.
    • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.