Indian ocean cruises, the best island hopping
When you cruise to the Indian Ocean islands, you can visit authentic tropical islands and sail aboard amazing cruise ships. You’ll meet friendly locals living in protected natural areas. From white sandy beaches to Unesco World Heritage mountains, you’ll find yourself in totally unique natural surroundings. Your holidays in the Vanilla Islands will give you a change of scenery and leave you totally relaxed.
CRUISE REUNION ISLAND
A tropical mountain atop the sea, Reunion Island is a French territory in the Indian Ocean standing at an altitude of over 3,000 meters. Its breathtaking viewpoints are easily accessible by road so you can feast your eyes on the fantastic landscapes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the centre of the island is dotted with deep cirques and waterfall-covered remparts. You can also take a trip into the air to see it all close up.
Port Louis is an ideal base from which to explore the charms of Mauritius. The outline of the small central mountain range stands erect on the horizon like a film set. In the north, wonderful tropical flora is gathered in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, while idyllic islands lie behind the coral reef. In the south, Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands sentry-like watching over the enchanting coastline.
The Seychelles archipelago has 115 islands : many tiny, uninhabited or very sparsely populated. Several are easily accessible near Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, including Sainte-Anne, Curieuse, Coco and Aride. They are surrounded by white sandy beaches with translucent waters that are among the most beautiful in the world. You’ll be hard-pressed not to slip into the water, where you can swim, snorkel and explore the great marine life.
Madagascar cruises are Indian ocean cruises. A chance to meet with iconic wildlife and biodiversity during your cruise holidays.
TAMATAVE AND THE EAST COAST LIGHTHOUSE
Toamasina, also known as Tamatave, is home to the main port on the east coast of Madagascar. An endearing city open to the sea winds, it has a range of different influences. The main avenue lined with high palm trees and the large central covered market are well worth a visit!
NOSY BE, A MADAGASCAN JEWEL
Lapped by the calm waters of the Mozambique Canal, Nosy Be Island is the jewel of north-west Madagascar. A volcanic land whose original sharpness has softened over time, it enjoys maximum sunshine, encouraging relaxation on the beaches that have made it famous. The undulating centre of the island offers superb views of the coastline and the north-west coast of Madagascar in the distance.
FORT DAUPHIN : RELAXATION, MADAGASCAN STYLE
In the very south-east of Madagascar, Fort Dauphin (also known as Tôlanaro) looks down on a superb landscape of bays bordered by endless beaches. Libanona, at the foot of the city, is one of the most famous. In the restaurants, you can try red lobster, a famous regional speciality.
Mayotte stands in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the world. A huge coral reef surrounds the main island Grande-Terre, the other inhabited island Petite Terre, and some thirty small islands and white sandbanks. This fantastic natural setting offers various possibilities for trips on the water to meet dolphins, sea turtles and even whales between July and October.
The largest island in the Comoros archipelago, Ngazidja has a rich heritage going back to the ancient sultans. You can experience the country’s full charm during a visit to the capital, Moroni. Explore the medina with its narrow streets, the lively old market, Badjanani Square, its mosques and its venerable royal palaces, and the port with its dhow building areas.
Most of the companies are cruising in this part of the world :
– Costa from carnival cruise
– Crystal cruises
– Fred Olsen cruises
– MSC Cruises
– Norwegian cruises
– Seabourn cruises
– Silversea from Royal Caribbean cruises