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The Secret Side of Madagascar

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Balcony
$26,816
Suite
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* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
15 Days
 Cruise Starts
Port Louis
 Cruise Finishes
Port Louis
15 Day The Secret Side of Madagascar Itinerary (Ponant)
Countries Explored: Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion
Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Ship Class
Ponant Explorers
Departures
Passengers
184
Crew
118
Launched
2019
Cruise Code
NOSPRL14

Overview

Innumerable adjectives are used to describe Madagascar, as anyone who travels to this island-continent is inevitably enchanted and filled with wonder. They are most likely drawn to it for its unusual geology that forms majestic landscapes where extraordinary plant life thrives. Baobabs, kalanchoes and the aloes of Madagascar create a veritable botanical paradise for the many species of animals that live here.

Over 15 days, aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville, explore the red island during an expedition cruise combining encounters with the local communities, geological discoveries, and the opportunity...read more to observe the native fauna and flora. To the north of Madagascar, from the shores of Nosy Be - whose nickname used to be 'the island of perfumes' - you will begin your odyssey with a stop to discover the welcoming community of Nosy Komba.

In Mahajanga, you will explore Ankarafantsika National Park, home to numerous species of birds and lemurs, before heading to the picturesque and stunning Belo sur Mer. Here, enjoy a first encounter with the Vezo people, who are among the world's last 'sea nomads', and learn more about how they make their dugout canoes, used for trade. Toliara, formerly Tuléar, comes into view at the mouth of the Onilahy River. Nearby, the wild expanses of southwestern Madagascar form UNESCO biosphere reserves thanks to their exceptional flora that will delight botany enthusiasts.

Along the vast beaches lined with dunes in Sarodrano, you will have the unique privilege of meeting and interacting with a small community of Vezos. You will visit their charming fishing village and sit with them in their authentic dugout canoes with square sails, to learn about their age-old seafaring skills. Out at sea await turquoise waters and the natural pools of Nosy Ve, an islet of white sand that shelters a large colony of red-tailed tropicbirds.

It is now time to discover the fascinating Fort-Dauphin. More commonly called Tolagnaro, it is fascinating for its past marked by colonisation and for its natural environment where exceptional plant life has created a breathtaking décor. After calling at Pointe des Galets on Réunion island, Le Dumont-d'Urville will reach Port Louis in Mauritius, where this unforgettable cruise will come to an end. The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Cruise Itinerary

 
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Day 1: Port Louis - Flight to Nosy Be
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18:00
Day 2: Nosy Komba
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Day 3: Majunga
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Day 4: Cruising At Sea
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Day 5: Belo Sur Mer
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Day 6: Toliara
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Day 7: Toliara
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Day 8: Sarodrano
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Day 9: Nosy Ve
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Day 10: Cruising At Sea
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Day 11: Tolagnaro (Fort Dauphin)
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Day 12: Cruising At Sea
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Day 13: Cruising At Sea
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Day 14: Pointe Des Galets
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Day 15: Port Louis
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Note: Ship ports may not be located in the starting & ending cities listed. Transfers to and/or from the ship port may be required.

Life Onboard Le Dumont d’Urville

Le Dumont-D'Urville
Le Dumont-D'Urville

Voyage in complete luxury and dine on French gastronomy as you enjoy an expedition cruise on Le Dumont-D'Urville. Read more

Expedition Comfort
Expedition Comfort

Your ocean facing stateroom or suite offers chic decor, luxurious amenities and 24 hour room service. Read more

Infinity Pool Days
Infinity Pool Days

Watch the ocean pass by as you take a dip in the glass walled infinity pool. Read more

Inside The Blue Eye
Inside The Blue Eye

The sophistication and innovation of this underwater lounge will be a highlight of onboard life. Read more

The Adjustable Marina
The Adjustable Marina

Making embarking and disembarking easy, the marina also serves as a sun deck or watersports platform. Read more

Relaxed Dining Settings
Relaxed Dining Settings

Dine al fresco at the grill or enjoy buffet and table service in the main restaurant. Read more

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