Ultimate Seychelles with Aldabra Atoll

  • Platinum
14 days
from
$11,980 USD
incl. taxes
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Small Ship Cruises
Suitable for:
Age 17+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
ASC
Ways to Travel:
Voyages, Platinum, Guided Group
Activity:
Marine Wildlife
Max group size:
135
Min age:
17

Spellbinding tropical beaches meet an intoxicating cultural crossroads in the Indian Ocean.

Africa meets Arabia in this magical archipelago packed with powdery white sand beaches, ancient stone cities, vibrant corals and brilliantly blue waters that feel too good to be true. Eat your way through one of Africa’s most interesting cuisines in Zanzibar – a delicious fusion of Indian, Arab, Chinese, Portuguese and African cooking traditions. Cruise through sublime scenery in search of rare wildlife and some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Meet the incredible animals that call UNESCO-listed Aldabra home, spot countless rare birds that populate this magical region and relax on remote island paradises that are impossible to reach on your own.

Led by Ornithologist Brent Stephenson, you’ll have the chance to get to know the region’s unique birdlife – red-tailed tropicbirds, crested turns and Madagascar turtle doves, just to name a few. From National Geographic expeditions in New Zealand to cultural explorations of Papua New Guinea, Brent is no stranger to adventure travel. His passion and knack for wildlife photography have led to publications in books and magazines across the globe, so you can be sure he’s got some tips to improve your photography on the road.  Along with Brent, you’ll be joined by a renowned team of naturalists, divemasters, marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more.

Highlights

  • Enjoy world-class snorkelling and diving, the Seychelles is home to some 850 species of rainbow-hued fish.
  • Spend two full days exploring the magnificent Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Photograph a variety of sublime vistas, including La Digue, where huge granite boulders and swaying palms frame the picture-perfect white-sand beaches.
  • Discover a wealth of rare and endemic species, including giant Indian Ocean tortoises, Aldabra white-throated rails, Seychelles paradise-flycatcher Seychelles blue-pigeons.

Key information

  • 135 guests
  • 12 nights aboard Le Bougainville, 1 night hotel
  • 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Countries visited: Seychelles

What's included

  • Daily activity options including nature walks, Zodiac cruises, and snorkeling
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

 

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Zanzibar and Mahé/home city    
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges

 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Zanzibar
to
Mahe
  • Day 1

    Arrive in exotic Zanzibar.

    Arrive in exotic Zanzibar and transfer to our group hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before gathering this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Accommodation: Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Visit Stone Town, a World Heritage Site.

    Zanzibar is a lush, palm-fringed island with a long and storied history. This morning, visit Stone Town—a World Heritage Site, its mélange of architecture reflects a unique mix of Moorish, Arab, Persian, Indian, and European influences. After lunch, take a hike along the nature trails of Jozani Natural Forest Reserve where you are likely to spot the red colobus monkey. Embark Le Bougainville this evening.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    At Sea

    Today, relax on board enjoying the ship's amenities and attending informative lectures to prepare you for your exploration of the magical Seychelles islands.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Assumption Island is famous for its clear surrounding waters.

    Assumption Island is famous for clear surrounding waters populated by a profusion of marine life. These qualities led Jacques Cousteau to film much of his documentary The Silent World at Assumption. Snorkel or dive among corals teeming with over 100 species of fish, including black lionfish, blue-ribbon eels, and Indian Ocean steephead parrotfish.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 5-6

    Spend two full days at magnificent Aldabra.

    Spend two full days at magnificent Aldabra, a World Heritage Site, and a highlight of your adventure. With a perimeter of 70 miles, Aldabra is one of the largest atolls in the world, comprising four major islands separated by channels. Because of the atoll’s extreme isolation, many of Aldabra’s species are endemics. Giant Aldabra tortoises—estimated to number over 100,000—roam wild over the islands. Tides permitting, cruise by Zodiac through the narrow passes to drift through a landscape of fascinating, eroded limestone topography. The tides have sculpted small islets into fantastical formations known as champignons, or “mushrooms.” Hundreds of lesser and great frigatebirds soar overhead; on land, search for the rare Aldabra white-throated rail, the only flightless bird found on any Indian Ocean island. Keep an eye out for robber crabs, whose claws are strong enough to crack coconuts, as they scamper across the turf. Enjoy an exhilarating drift snorkel where the incoming tide whisks you through the pass and into a lagoon populated by turtles and eagle rays. Visit the small scientific research station on Picard Island and photograph the mighty tortoises of this magical, isolated island that few travelers ever have the privilege to see.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Board Zodiacs to land on the uninhabited Astove Atoll.

    Board Zodiacs to land on this uninhabited island’s sandy beach. Part of the Aldabra Group, Astove was formerly the home of African slaves who escaped a Portuguese ship in 1760. More recently, Astove was the site of a copra plantation—its houses, drying sheds, and other buildings in various states of disrepair since being abandoned in the 1980s. Mature casuarina and Indian almond trees host the pendant nests of Souimanga sunbird, while snorkelers will delight in the crystal-clear waters of the large lagoon, frequented by turtles, groupers, and schools of tropical fish.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Take a walk along the beach and snorkel in the vast, shallow lagoon.

    Part of the Aldabra group, the vast majority of this huge atoll, measuring about nine miles across, is lagoon. Approximately 15,000 pairs of red-footed boobies nest in the bushy vegetation of the island, the largest breeding colonies of this species in the entire Indian Ocean. Other species found here include brown and masked booby, red-tailed and white-tailed tropicbird; and black-naped, sooty, and great crested tern. Take a walk along the beach and snorkel in the vast, shallow lagoon where turtles can often be found grazing on sea grass.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    At Sea

    Spend the day at sea attending lectures and joining naturalists on deck to search for sea birds and marine mammals.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Experience the beauty and serenity of these three islands.

    We anchor in the Alphonse Island group to experience the beauty and serenity of these three islands that lie in the heart of the Seychelles Archipelago. Their remote location provides many opportunities for unspoiled exploration, including beachcombing on powdery white-sand beaches, and snorkeling and diving to spot the Madras snapper or any of the nine species of butterflyfish.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Take Zodiacs to Poivre Atoll for beachcombing, nature walks, and birding.

    The Amirante Islands are named in honor of Portuguese admiral Vasco da Gama’s 1501 visit. Take Zodiacs to Poivre Atoll for beachcombing, nature walks, birding, and a visit to the copra plantation.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Desroches’ low-lying coral reef encloses a serene lagoon.

    Desroches’ low-lying coral reef encloses a serene lagoon. This reef-surrounded island offers opportunities for snorkelers and divers to spot more colorful tropical fish or even a hawksbill turtle, or to stroll the white-sand beaches.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Giant granite boulders and swaying palms offset the postcard-perfect white beaches of La Digue.

    Giant granite boulders and swaying palms offset the postcard-perfect white beaches of La Digue. Explore this tranquil island by bike or take a stroll along the picturesque, sandy roads. Pass quaint, balconied houses and shops, a vanilla plantation, and a copra factory to reach the small Veuve Nature Reserve, where you may observe the endangered Seychelles paradise-flycatcher in its native habitat. Other common sights include the Seychelles swiftlet, Seychelles blue-pigeon, and Seychelles bulbul. Spend time on one of the world’s most breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Anse La Source d’Argent, to beachcomb, swim, or simply soak in your surroundings. After lunch on board, step ashore on Praslin and visit enchanting Vallée de Mai National Park, a World Heritage Site. The high-canopied, primeval palm forest is home to 4,000 coco-de-mer palms, which can grow to over 100 feet and live 800-1,000 years. The palm bears the world’s largest nut, weighing 20 - 40 pounds. Several other endemic palm species, as well as the Seychelles flying fox, populate this magical valley. We may spot the rare Seychelles black parrot and other birds of interest, including the Seychelles blue-pigeon and Seychelles sunbird.

    Accommodation: Le Bougainville

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Disembark for a tour of the Seychelles’ charming capital city.

    After breakfast, disembark for a tour of the Seychelles’ charming capital city. Mahé’s century-old botanical garden is home to 80 indigenous plant species, including five palm species, the vanilla orchid, and the rare jellyfish tree. An abundance of birds inhabit the area as well, including the Seychelles kestrel, Seychelles white-eye, and the rare, endangered Seychelles sunbird. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

    Tour ends.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Seychelles

There are NO VISA requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

  • A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
  • Return or onward ticket
  • Proof of accommodation; including contact details
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay 

Presentation of all of the above documents will grant you a Visitor’s Permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration.

The Visitor’s Permit is initially valid for the period of visit of up to one month. The visitor's permit is issued free of charge for the first three months after which there is a fee of SCR5,000 for extension covering each period of three months or any part thereof.

Vaccinations

Seychelles

Confirm primary courses and boosters are up to date as recommended for life in the UK -courses or boosters usually advised are Typhoid and Tetanus.

There is no risk of yellow fever in the Seychelles, however, there is a certificate requirement. Travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission need to provide a certificate.



Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Know Before You Go
For most activities a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore. Snorkeling and diving activities may begin from the Zodiacs or from beaches. On shore excursions, you must be able to walk moderate distances over beaches and occasionally rough terrain, such as muddy trails with exposed roots, and steps without handrails. Average daily temperatures will range from the low to upper 27°C, though high humidity can make it feel warmer.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Le Bougainville

Le Bougainville features innovative and environment-friendly equipment, elegantly designed suites, and lounge areas that open to the outside. All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, while public spaces include an underwater lounge, as well as a pool, outside bar and dining area, theater, single-seating dining room, panoramic lounge, sun deck, salon, and a spa and fitness room. Le Bougainville carries a fleet of Zodiacs.

GENERAL

  • Six decks of guest facilities.

- Deck 0 (not pictured in deck plan)
– Blue Eye Underwater Lounge.    
- Deck 3 – guest suites, reception, main lounge, pool, outdoor bar and dining area, boutique, theater, and doctor’s office.
- Deck 4 – guest suites and restaurant.
- Deck 5 – guest suites and bridge.
- Deck 6 – guest suites, panoramic lounge, and outdoor seating.
- Deck 7 – guest suites, sun deck, outdoor seating, salon, spa and fitness room.

  • Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.
  • Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.

SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views and private balconies, with two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one king, a well-appointed   en suite bathroom, closets, desk, IpodTM players, small refrigerator, flat-screen TV, personal safe, hair dryer, bath robes, French toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs) at 110 volts.
  • Category 1, 2, 3, and 4 suites are 19 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 4 square metre private balcony.
  • Category 5 suites are 27 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 6 square metre private balcony.
  • Category 6 suites are 32 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 8 square metre private balcony.
  • Suites are 45 square metres and have a sliding glass door leading to a 30 square metre private patio. The owner’s suite is the same size as the suites and features a Jacuzzi on the private balcony.

DINING

  • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.
  • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style.
  • Dinner is served in the main restaurant with four, a la carte courses. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.  
  • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

SERVICES

  • Le Bougainville carries a fleet of Zodiacs.
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning) and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted.
  • The Euro is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.
  • Wi-fi access is available throughout the ship. Rates are posted.
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for Tailor Made trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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