India & Indian Ocean
The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest ocean. From as early as 3500 BC, the Indian Ocean served as a major sea-route for world commerce, trade and military excursions. Central to the development of the western part of the Indian Ocean were commercial activities along the Southern African ports in Mozambique and Madagascar.
The renowned island paradise of Mauritius has a rich cultural and natural history, and was colonised in 1638 by the Dutch and then abandoned in 1710. Five years later it was colonised by the French who also colonised the uninhabited island of Reunion in 1665 by relocating 20 settlers there. Mauritius was taken over by the British in 1810 and finally gained its independence in 1968.
These destinations remain popular with travellers who wish to experience the legacy and the beauty of these landmarks which are best accessed from the sea. This makes our cruises the perfect discovery-vehicle for travellers!
Mozambique and Ilha Dos Portugueses
A former Portuguese colony, Mozambique boasts 2500 kilometres of pristine coastline, with beautiful turquoise waters, peaceful islands and coastal resorts. It is told that the country got its name from Mossa Al Bique, an Arab trader who lived there. When you cruise to Mozambique, it will offer many attractive locations for those who seek holiday diversions such as swimming, fishing, snorkelling or bird watching, in places such as Ilha Dos Portugueses (Portuguese Island) which is situated in the bay of Maputo, near the country’s capital.
Mozambique Island is a beach holiday and historical paradise. Located just off the coast of the Nacala Province in the northern part of Mozambique, the island is connected to the mainland by a 3km long narrow bridge. The island is a world heritage site and is home to the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere, which is The Chapel of our Lady of the Bulwarks, built in 1522. The island and its narrow streets are bustling with a busy harbour and market. A definite must see is the 7th century palace museum which is filled with items gathered from around the world by Portuguese colonialists.
Across the Mozambique Channel is Madagascar, an island country and holiday heaven. Madagascar split from India 88 million years ago, which makes it a biodiversity hotspot because 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island has many destinations known for their natural beauty, such as the coastal fishing town of Anakoa, which offer swimming, surfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, boat rentals and jet-ski excursions. At the end of a physically active (or a sun-filled, restful) day, visitors can sip their sundowners by the sea while watching a spectacular sunset over the Mozambique Channel.
Why not cruise to the island paradise of Mautitius, which is about 2000km southeast of the African continent? Today it’s a multilingual society, with English, French, Mauritian Creole and other Asian languages being spoken. The island of Mauritius is a volcanic island and is well known for its exquisite beaches, lagoons, and reefs, and was home to the famous Dodo, which became extinct soon after humans inhabited the island. The swaying palm trees and lush foliage form the perfect backdrop to this island paradise with crystal clear water and beautiful hotels and resorts. Strolling along the beach as the sun dips below the deep blue horizon may be the perfect ending to a perfect day of parasailing, diving, swimming and soaking up the Mauritian sun.
The Island of Reunion is east of Madagascar and about 200km southwest of Mauritius. It’s an islans administered by France and is well known for its breathtaking beaches, volcanoes and rainforests. It’s the perfect destination for climbers, hikers and sun worshippers. Whether you’re climbing the Piton de la Fournaise volcano or relaxing on the white sandy beaches underneath the swaying palm trees, the island of Reunion is an island paradise you won’t soon forget. So speak to your Cruiseabout consultant today and get ready to set sail for the Indian Ocean.