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Le Bougainville

The Seychelles and Aldabra Atoll with National Geographic

Launching in 2019, Le Bougainville features innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites offers guests a truly unique cruising experience. The ship also includes superb dining including a relax grill restaurant and a fine dining restaurant, spacious sun deck with inviting swimming pool, onboard spa with a great range of relaxing spa treatments and theatre. The ship is also to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye. Non-intrusive underwater projectors will enable the observation of the seabed and photo-luminescent organisms from the Blue Eye lounge and all focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean and looking out upon the sub-aquatic world.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Victoria, Mahe.

Day 1: Victoria, Mahe

Board Le Bougainville in Victoria, Mahe. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: Poivre Island

Discover Poivre Atoll, a small paradise that is part of the Amirantes archipelago, in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. Consisting of two coral islands, Poivre Island and Ile du Sud are separated by a small lagoon, owing its name to Pierre Poivre, the Mauritius official who introduced spices to the Seychelles in the late 18th century. The island is a renowned spot for scuba diving or big-game fishing. The islands waters are particularly rich and clean, where the marine life includes sea turtles.

Day 3: Alphonse Island - Bijoutier Island

Arrive at Alphonse Island, a natural reserve, home to different species of marine mammals, sea turtles and many birds. Alphonse Island is also renowned for its rich underwater life and coral, among the best preserved in the Indian Ocean. Continue to tiny Bijoutier Island located on the Outer Islands of the Seychelles and boasting white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

Day 4: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the Aldabra Atoll.

Days 5-6: Aldabra Atoll

Spend two days exploring the Aldabra Atoll. 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.

Day 7: Cosmoledo Atoll - Astove Island

Today you will visit the Cosmoledo Atoll , often described as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean due to its picture-perfect sands, turquoise waters and exception coral reef. The lack of human intervention has allowed this sacred island to thrive with the rarest wildlife existing within the island and its surrounding waters. Continue to Astove Island, an uninhabited coral island covered in coconut trees and once home to the employees that worked on the coconut plantations. Renowned for the richness of its seabeds, Astove Atoll is now a top destination for fishing enthusiasts.

Day 8: Farquhar Island

Discover the Farquhar Island, part of the Farquhar Group of islands in the Seychelles and was one of the earliest of the Outer Islands to be discovered. Its coral strewn lagoon is teeming with exotic coral and fish who dance in the crystal-clear waters.

Day 9: Cerf Island and Saint Pierre Island

Arrive at the tiny island of Cerf, located in the centre of the Sainte Anne Marine Park is surrounded by turquoise waters and a thriving coral reef. Continue to the island of Saint Pierre, a unique island that sits west of Providence Atoll. Measuring just 5,000 sqm, the small island is dwarfed by granite rock which raises out of the turquoise sea and protects the central palm crown. Snorkelling on Saint Pierre is amongst some of the best in the Seychelles

Day 10: Marie Louise Island

Explore and relax at Marie Louise Island, a picturesque, low-lying coral island in the Amirantes group that sits within the Outer Islands in the Seychelles.

Day 11: Desroches Island

Arrive at Desroches Island, the largest in the Amirantes group in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. This 6-km long coral atoll covered in lush vegetation is surrounded by spectacular seabeds where encounters with sharks and manta rays are not uncommon. On the beach, you may be lucky enough to observe sea turtles, there to lay their eggs.

Day 12: La Digue Island - Victoria, Mahe

Arrive at the beautiful La Digue Island. Located 6 km south-east of Praslin, this small piece of land that looks like paradise is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, despite its modest size (5 km by 3km)! Discover the turquoise waters, lush vegetation sheltering giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with those emblematic large granite rocks with their pink highlights like at the famous Anse Source d’Argent: the perfect picture postcard.

Day 13: Victoria, Mahe

Arrive back in Victoria, Mahe where you will disembark the ship.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Victoria, Mahe.

Includes

  • 12 Nights' accommodation on board Le Bougainville
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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