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Cruises visiting Aldabra & all Aldabra cruises for  2019-2020

View Aldabra 2019-2020 cruises for 1 ships listing 4 cruises from Aldabra with today's best deals!

Aldabra Atoll is situated in the Aldabra Group of islands in the Indian Ocean. Aldabra is the part of the Republic of Seychelles closest to Africa, and 1200km to the NE is Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles. Due south of Aldabra is Madagascar. It is the world’s second largest coral atoll, 35km E-W and 14km N-S (the largest being Kirimati in the Pacific). There are four channels that enter the lagoon, thus there are actually four islands that form the perimeter, and a number of smaller islands inside the lagoon. The atoll's only habitation is a scientific base (La Gigi) on Picard Island, which is now permanently occupied by 12 scientists.

The island was known to Arab and Persian seafarers from long ago, and by Portuguese sailors in the early 1500s. In the 17th C it was possessed by the French for tortoise and fish products, though with no fresh water supply was not settled. It came under British rule in 1810 and settled in 1878. Remnants of early buildings are still there. Much of the forests were destroyed to make unsuccessful plantations (no natural water sources), and the industry was tortoise hunting. During the 20th C invasive species were outlawed, and tortoises brought back from near extinction. It is now a Special Nature Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the brass plaque on a cairn on Picard Island.

The lagoon is 380 sq.km. and averages 5m deep, with a strong 3m tide, while the land rises to 8m. Sir David Attenborough called Aldabra "One of the wonders of the world". Dominant among the flora are mangroves (to 20m) and coconut palms. Of the fauna, 100,000 giant tortoises are famous (living up to 250 years!), while there are dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, dugongs, turtles, coconut crabs, sharks, manta rays, and barracuda. The islands are important breeding grounds for thousands of seabirds. Permission for visitors is granted, for diving, and using the walking paths in Picard from the settlement at La Gigi.

Cruises visiting Aldabra in 2019

Currently sailing Sold out Available OBC = Onboard credit
Date Route Cruise Ports From $/Day

11

APR

Le Lyrial cruises

15

NIGHTS

Le Lyrial cruises

$10,880

$725

12

APR

Le Lyrial cruises

15

NIGHTS

Le Lyrial cruises

$10,880

$725

Cruises visiting Aldabra in 2020

Currently sailing Sold out Available OBC = Onboard credit
Date Route Cruise Ports From $/Day

4

APR

Le Lyrial cruises

15

NIGHTS

Le Lyrial cruises

$10,130

$675

5

APR

Le Lyrial cruises

15

NIGHTS

Le Lyrial cruises

$10,130

$675

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