The Scattered Islands and The Seychelles (16 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ship: Le Lyrial
Durban, South Africa to Mahé, Seychelles
Dates: 01 Apr 2019 - 16 Apr 2019

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01 Apr 2019
Durban, South Africa
9:00 PM
02 Apr 2019
03 Apr 2019
04 Apr 2019
Europa Island, Îles Éparses, France, French Southern Territories

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.

05 Apr 2019
06 Apr 2019
Juan de Nova, Îles Éparses, France, French Southern Territories
07 Apr 2019
08 Apr 2019
Îles Glorieuses, France, French Southern Territories
09 Apr 2019
Nosy Komba, Madagascar
DAY 10
10 Apr 2019
Assumption Island, Seychelles
DAY 11
11 Apr 2019
Aldabra Island, Seychelles
DAY 12
12 Apr 2019
Aldabra Island, 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 four 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 13
13 Apr 2019
DAY 14
14 Apr 2019
Alphonse Island, Seychelles
DAY 15
15 Apr 2019
La Digue, Seychelles
Mahé, Seychelles
7:00 PM

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, Mahé, 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 16
16 Apr 2019
Mahé, Seychelles
The Scattered Islands and The Seychelles map

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