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SH Diana - 192 Guests

HEART OF THE SEYCHELLES


Witness the Seychelles' natural beauty on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage through paradise. Marvel at giant tortoises and rare wildlife, snorkel pristine waters with diverse marine life, or hike lush forests and wander historical trails. Relax on secluded beaches with stunning views or experience the vibrant culture of the Seychelles from exotic outer islands to the lively capital exploring bustling local markets and immersing in rich traditions.



 

 

DATES / RATES

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Oct 07, 2024Oct 16, 20243,947 4,280
Rates are listed per person
Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
Oct 07, 2024Oct 16, 20243,947 4,280

ITINERARY


DAY 1-2  VICTORIA, MAHE ISLAND

Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant city on Mahé Island's northeastern side, blending diverse cultures and traditions. Attractions include the bustling stalls of Victoria Market, the Hindu shrine of Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple and the colourful "Jivan Imports" store. The Victoria Botanical Garden features Aldabra giant tortoises and 200 plant species, including unique trees like the coco-de-mer.

DAY 3  CURIEUSE ISLAND

Curieuse Marine National Park's captivating landscape is made up of red earth mountains and granite hills. The Coco de Mer palm, which produces the world's largest nuts, grows only here and Praslin. Baie Laraie is home to all seven mangrove species in Seychelles, while the area is also the site of a tortoise sanctuary. Once a leper colony, Curieuse hosts giant Aldabra tortoises and sea turtles. Pointe Rouge offers diving in vibrant coral reefs.

DAY 4  COUSIN ISLAND

Cousin Island, a land and sea special reserve, is a conservation success story. In 1959, just 26 Seychelles warblers remained, clinging to life in a mangrove swamp. An intensive program cut back coconuts, allowing the warbler's native forest to recover. Cousin's restoration also benefited the endangered Seychelles magpie robin. The island is now a thriving indigenous forest and wetland, attracting birds, giant tortoises, lizards and more.

DAY 5  PRASLIN ISLAND

Praslin has some of the Seychelles' finest beaches, like Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, with granite boulders dotting the soft sands. Busy Anse Volbert-Côte D’Or offers views of Chauve Souris islet. Inland, Praslin National Park's rugged jungle hosts rare flora and fauna. The Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO site, features a coco de mer forest, one of only two populations of these enormous trees, bearing the world's largest fruit and heaviest seeds.

DAY 6  GRANDE SOEUR ISLAND

Grande Soeur, the slightly larger of the Sister Islands, is a peaceful spot known for its granite rocks emerging above palm-fringed beaches, creating stunning landmarks like Table Rock. Grande Soeur East, the most picturesque beach on the island, claims the crown as Seychelles' finest. The island is also one of the archipelago's best snorkelling spots with sea turtles, tropical fish and small reef sharks. Hiking trails lead to panoramic views.

DAY 7  ARIDE ISLAND

Aride Island, one of Seychelles' finest nature reserves, offers a glimpse into the islands' unspoilt past. The uninhabited granitic island hosts vital seabird colonies, with 10 breeding species, including the world's largest populations of two frigatebird species and the roseate tern subspecies arideensis. Reptile density is among the highest globally. Rare native plants like Wright's Gardenia grow in their natural state only on Aride.

DAY 8  LA DIGUE

La Digue is renowned for idyllic beaches dotted with granite boulders like Anse Source d'Argent on the west coast. Secluded beaches like Anse Bonnet Carré and Anse Cocos on the east are accessible only on foot, featuring calm, shallow waters. Hikers enjoy the ascent to Nid d'Aigle, the 333-m high island peak, with a restaurant halfway up. The Veuve Nature Reserve protects the rare Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher's breeding habitat.

DAY 9  MOYENNE ISLAND

The tiny Moyenne Island in the inner Seychelles covers just 9 hectares. The 2km shoreline features white sand beaches and granite boulders characteristic of the Seychelles. Despite its size, Moyenne hosts high biodiversity. Moyenne Island National Park, the world's smallest, was established in 2009 by Brendon Grimshaw to preserve the ecosystem. Densely covered in trees and plants, it represents 40 native species, many unique to Moyenne.

DAY 10  VICTORIA, MAHE ISLAND

Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant city on Mahé Island's northeastern side, blending diverse cultures and traditions. Attractions include the bustling stalls of Victoria Market, the Hindu shrine of Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple and the colourful "Jivan Imports" store. The Victoria Botanical Garden features Aldabra giant tortoises and 200 plant species, including unique trees like the coco-de-mer.

SH Diana (Luxury Expedition, 192-guests)

The 2023-built SH Diana will be providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One-night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and selected alcoholic beverages available 24 hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities and port taxes
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activity per port of call

 
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