MCIO Indian Ocean Islands

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Perfect, palm fringed beaches; Praslin & La Digue day trip; Reunion, 'the Nepal of the Indian Ocean'; African, Persian, Oriental, Malagasy, European & Arab legacies; Leapin lemurs!; Meeting the friendly locals

Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Thu 14 May 2015Thu 04 Jun 2015 $9190
Thu 12 May 2016Thu 02 Jun 2016 $9190

Optional Single Supplement: $2200 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $2200, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.


Tour Overview


These islands bask in splendid isolation in the warmest ocean of them all, the Indian Ocean. Scattered off the southeast coast of Africa one finds the Indian Ocean Islands hotspot. This hotspot includes the independent nations of Seychelles, the Comoros, Mauritius, and the French overseas departments of Reunion and Mayotte (one of the Comoros). Despite their close proximity, these islands share few of the typical flora and fauna groups of nearby Africa. Instead, they have evolved an exquisitely unique assemblage of species. With tropical blue-green seas, golden palm-studded beaches and landscapes of picture-perfect serenity, the Indian Ocean Islands encapsulate the very essence of the word 'exotic', and set themselves apart as a superlative tour destination.

Basking under a radiant sun in Mauritius, we will discover fascinating natural sites, such as volcanic craters and the Seven Coloured Earth at Chamarel. We will explore modern and historic sites in and around the capital city, Port Louis. Mauritius is arguably one of the Indian Ocean's most striking islands and one that exhibits a pleasing blend of Asian, African, French and British influences. In the Seychelles, we tour the charming streets of the world's smallest capital city, Victoria on the island of Mahe. We will visit UNESCO protected forests rich with unique sights and indigenous wildlife. This an archipelago of upwards of 115 remote and unspoiled islands reminiscent of a land that time forgot.

Reunion, first visited by the Portuguese, is a land of rugged contrast and French heritage. Here we discover volcanic landscapes and admire architecture in historic urban centers. We explore the cirques of Reunion, a series of natural amphitheaters formed by volcanic valleys surrounded by looming peaks. From the colourful houses and rich cultural diversity of Mayotte, to the lemur-teeming landscape of Nosy Be, Madagascar, we leave no stone unturned as we explore the cultural and natural attractions of this spectacular and unique region of the world. Lastly we will visit the Comoros -- the 3rd smallest African nation by area. Located in a strategic position, these islands (Les Comores) once played a major role in a thriving world economy of the western Indian Ocean. Here we voyage the island of Mwali, the smallest, wildest and least visited of all the Comoran Islands.

Regions visited: East Africa
Countries visited: Seychelles; Mauritius; Reunion; Madagascar; Comoros Islands and Mayotte


Testimonials


Annette C. (Oakville, ON, CA)

We enjoyed the zodiak and glass bottom boat in Myotte. Trip volcano in Reunion. Generally all the excursions were excellent. Enjoyed the rum tasting. The trip to volcano in Reunion. The guides were good. The guide in Mauritius was outstanding. The food was excellent. It was a great trip. Very interesting.

Barbara H. (Johns Island, SC, US)

I enjoyed all excursions. All local guides were very helpful. I think Martin is an awesome tour leader. Always on top of everything. I was very pleased with the tour. Glad the hotels has free wifi.

MCIO TRIP DETAILS

DURATION22 days

TOUR STARTSeychelles

TOUR ENDMayotte