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Le Bougainville

Zanzibar and the treasures of the Indian Ocean

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 Mahe.

Day 1: Mahe

Join Le Bougainville in the Mahe in the early evening. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom before your first gourmet dinner on board tonight. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life. The island is also famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes.

Day 2: La Digue Island

Your first port of call is 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 3: 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 4: Alphonse 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. A marvellous spectacle that can be admired with just a mask!

Day 5: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship gently glides towards the Aldabra Atoll.

Day 6: 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: The Scattered Islands

The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. They offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.

Day 8: Mamoudzou

Spend the day in Mamoudzou, the largest town in Mayotte, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique.

Day 9: At Sea

Spend the day at sea relaxing as the ship sails towards Kilwa Kisiwani.

Day 10: Kilwa Kisiwani

Arrive at Kilwa Kisiwani, a community on an Indian Ocean island off the southern coast of present-day Tanzania. Here you may join an excursion on foot The ruins will lead you to the world of sultans and slavery, when Tanzania was an important trade centre, dealing in gold, ivory and slaves. The reliability of the Monsoon winds made navigation easy and predictable. The excursion includes a visit to the magnificent fourteenth-century palace of Husuni Kubwa. No structure of its size and complexity was built anywhere else on the coast.

Day 11: Latham Island

Arrive at the relatively unknown Latham Island, located in the Zanzibar Archipelago. The island's surrounding waters are incredibly clear and teeming with marine life.

Day 12: Pemba Island

Spend the day on the beautiful Pemba Island, part of Tanzania's Zanzibar Archipelago. It's known for its lush, green hills and clove plantations. Here you may join an excursion to visit Pemba’s largest tropical forest, the Ngezi Forest Reserve. The route is very scenic, passing a lush countryside interspersed with several local villages. Protected by a 3600-acre reserve, the forest has a veritable double canopy, with an upper layer of majestic trees towering up to 30 and 40 metres, complete with vines providing swings for raucous vervet monkeys. Follow your guide on a one-hour trail which is good for spotting birds, red colobus monkeys and Pemba flying foxes. You will also travel by jeep to Chake Chake, which is the largest town on Pemba for a tour. Then stop at the Archipelago/Hifadhi Hotel for a refreshing, fresh coconut juice or traditional tea served with locally made pancakes topped with honey and cloves.

Day 13: Zanzibar

Your exotic voyage ends in Zanzibar, a city with superb UNESCO-listed buildings, blending African, Arab, Indian and European influences over more than a millennium. Disembark the ship in Zanzibar.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Zanzibar.

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 only cruise
  • 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

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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