madagascar, zanzibar and the jewels of the indian ocean
locationPort louis - Zanzibar - Indian ocean
Madagascar, Zanzibar and the jewels of the Indian Ocean
Madagascar, Zanzibar and the jewels of the Indian Ocean
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Duration
12 days
Trip code
EC280124
Operator
ponant

Overview

The softness of the trade winds, the turquoise of the ocean, the shimmer of the verdant vegetation... the incredible beauty of the islands in the Indian Ocean is striking. During an11-day expedition cruise aboard Le Champlain, time stands still and, between the island country of Madagascar, Seychelles and Tanzania, nature will plunge you into a dream. 

The shores of Mauritius grow distant as you arrive in flamboyant Madagascar. To the north-east of the largest island in the Indian Ocean, the island of Île Sainte-Marie appears on the horizon. The days of pirates, who occupied the territory for almost two centuries, seem long gone now, as peace prevails in this tropical paradise. To the far south, the island of Île aux Nattes is a treasure just asking to be discovered. Its coral reef lies in the translucent waters of its lagoon, dotted with natural pools. You will spend your time here swimming, meeting the local population and discovering the abundant fauna and flora. Before leaving the 'Great Red Island', you will visit Nosy Hara, renowned for its incredible marine wildlife, with over 280 different species.

Sheltered from the world, take the time to wonder at the splendour of the Seychelles. On Astove Island, in the mythical Aldabra Atoll, the underwater world fascinates experienced divers, who come here to explore the "Wall of Astove", a 40-metre (130-foot) deep underwater fault covered in coral and teeming with fish and green turtles.

Your next ports of call will be an opportunity to discover several of the wonders of Tanzania. You will explore the ruins of the 13th-century Swahili trading post of Kilwa Kisiwani, the small coral island of Misali as well as Pemba Island and its clove plantations.

This fabulous trip will draw to an end in Zanzibar, a city with superb UNESCO-listed buildings, blending African, Arab, Indian and European influences over more than a millennium.

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