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Madagascar and Seychelles: Natural Treasures of the Indian Ocean – with Smithsonian Journeys

Nosy Be - Victoria, Mahé

Dates:
23/1/2026
to  2/2/2026

11
days
10
nights on board
Starting from*
AU$12,380
per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Activity in each port of call + one-way flight Mauritius/Nosy Be + transfers included


In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys.

This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

The western reaches of the Indian Ocean contain some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world, and this 11-day voyage aboard Le Bougainville introduces the very best of them, as you sail from northern Madagascar through more than 1,000 miles of the Seychelles Archipelago. Along the way, you will encounter coral reefs teeming with fish, colonies of seabirds breeding and nesting on jagged volcanic cliffs, lush vegetation, unbelievably picturesque beaches, and the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of an expansive open sea.

From Nosy Be in northern Madagascar, spend your first day exploring two islands: Nosy Tanikely, a tiny islet with a magnificent white sand beach on an unbelievably blue lagoon with an exceptional diversity of marine and terrestrial life; and the "lemur island" of Nosy Komba, covered in dense tropical rainforest that is the ideal habitat for the small mammals that are emblematic of Madagascar.

Le Bougainville arrives next at Nosy Hara, a marine protected area and national park remarkably rich in wildlife: 279 species of coral fish, 108 species of corals, 5 species of sea turtles, whales, dolphins, 31 species of birds, and 18 species of reptiles including the smallest chameleon in the world.

Rounding the northern tip of Madagascar, your experience continues with two full days in Diego Suarez, the second-largest bay in the world, after Rio de Janeiro. The city (renamed Antsiranana in 1975), was an important naval outpost for the French until the late 20th century, and their influence remains clearly evident in the colonial architecture of the old town. But the primary attraction of the region is the bay itself. Comprising several smaller bays, including the famous Emerald Sea Lagoon and Andovazaha Bay, home to emblematic Sugarloaf Island, Diego Suarez offers splendid beaches, panoramic views, and an inviting, laid-back approach to life.

Your ship sails next towards Seychelles and two pristine atolls in the heart of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. From the beaches of Assumption Island, watch for sea turtles which use its pristine beaches to breed and lay eggs. Saint-François, covered in coconut trees, provides ideal habitat for myriad birds and is a splendid location for both hiking and snorkeling. You head next to Remire Island, prized for its extraordinary biodiversity, especially its rich marine life.

Le Bougainville continues north to a group of small granite islands, where you spend a day immersed in the essence of a tropical paradise—turquoise waters inviting you to swim, vegetation sheltering native fauna, and beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees. Explore the bird sanctuary of Aride Island, where more than 1.25 million seabirds breed, and La Digue, home to the iconic picture-postcard beach at Anse Source d'Argent.

Your cruise ends the following day in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles on the island of Mahé.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.


Ref : NVAF45US - EG230126


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Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(19 m²)

From AU$12,380 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(19 m²)

From AU$13,470 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(19 m²)

From AU$14,010 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(19 m²)

From AU$14,680 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(27 m²)

From AU$19,460 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(27 m²)

From AU$19,460 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(27 m²)

From AU$19,460 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(27 m²)

From AU$19,460 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 5
 

(38 m²)

From AU$25,460 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(38 m²)

From AU$26,660 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(32 m²)

From AU$27,860 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(32 m²)

From AU$27,860 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(45 m²)

From AU$30,360 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Owner's Suite Deck 5
 

(45 m²)

From AU$44,070 per person



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