Shore Excursions in the Indian Ocean.

To help you experience the very best of your destinations, Cunard offers a diverse selection of excursions ashore, from leisurely sightseeing to exciting activities.

25 excursions in the Indian Ocean.

Excursions are released around 12 weeks before the cruise departs. To book an excursion for your cruise, please visit Voyage Personaliser

Sail & Snorkel

Sail along the beautiful coastline of the Seychelles and take to the waters to discover a fascinating underwater world.

  • Sail & Snorkel
  • Sail & Snorkel
  • Sail & Snorkel
  • Sail & Snorkel

You’ll board your catamaran at the pier and set sail towards Ste Anne Marine Park, for the opportunity to enjoy an unpolluted ecosystem, located only a short distance from the capital Victoria.

Upon arrival at Ste Anne Marine Park, the captain will drop anchor ready for your snorkelling experience. A safety briefing and instruction will be given before you don your snorkel gear and take to the inviting waters. Your guide will tempt the fish with some nibbles and you too can join in the fun of hand feeding them.

If you wish to get even closer to this underwater world, you can join the semi-submarine for a short underwater tour of this colorful world. You may also choose to cool off with a quick refreshing dip or head ashore and soak up the sun on the beach. Soft drink refreshments will be available on board throughout your tour.

Afterwards, relax and enjoy the coastal views once more as you sail back to the pier.

Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Marine life sightings are dependent on sea conditions and visibility on the day. Remember swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Depending on sea swells, an alternative anchorage may be used. Water shoes are recommended due to the coral stone in the sea and on the beach. You may be requested to remove all shoes whilst on board the catamaran. Transfer ashore is via rubber dinghy.

Sail & Snorkel
  • Réunion
  • 4½ hours
    • Medium activity level
  • TOUR CODE: REU_004

Scenes of Reunion

This tropical island has an unexpected landscape including beautiful coastline, high plains and spectacular mountain ranges.

  • Scenes of Reunion
  • Scenes of Reunion
  • Scenes of Reunion
  • Scenes of Reunion
  • Scenes of Reunion
  • Scenes of Reunion
  • Scenes of Reunion

Drive along the west coast to St Paul, from where you will start your ascent into the enticing mountainous centre of Reunion. Your destination is a marvellous viewpoint on the edge of a high escarpment at over 7,000 feet. Absorb breathtaking views descending into the ancient crater of the Circle of Mafate, totally surrounded by impressive mountains. This rugged and wild cirque is the only one of the island’s 3 natural amphitheatres that is accessible only on foot or by helicopter.

Stop at the quaint village of La Petite France, the centre of the geranium growing district. Reunion is one of the largest producers of geranium oil, used as a fixative in perfumes. Visit a small Geranium Oil Distillery, where the distillation process will be explained and you’ll be given an opportunity to purchase Geranium essential oils and perfumes. This is a very simple cottage industry, far removed from more developed productions, and a very low-key delicate process.

This excursion involves traveling around hairpin bends with steep slopes, which may affect those who suffer from vertigo. A jacket is recommended, as the temperature is much cooler at higher altitudes. Mist and cloud often surround the higher peaks and plains; they lift, drop and swirl spasmodically during the day and can affect the visibility on this tour.

Scenes of Reunion

Northern Discovery

Step back in time to discover some of the island’s northern colonial attractions and view the giant Victoria Regia water lilies.

  • Northern Discovery
  • Northern Discovery
  • Northern Discovery
  • Northern Discovery
  • Northern Discovery
  • Northern Discovery

Your journey begins with a drive to Moka, where you’ll visit the 19th century Eureka Colonial House, one of the oldest colonial houses on the island. Enjoy a guided tour of the house with its authentic antique furniture, which provides an interesting glimpse into colonial living. After exploring the house and admiring the peaceful garden, you can relax on the terrace with refreshments of a soft drink and local snacks.

Proceed uphill to La Citadelle, (initially an English fortress), to admire the panoramic views over Port Louis and the harbour. Heading further north, you’ll arrive at the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens where your guide will take you on an interesting visit of the gardens. The gardens are reputed for their extensive collection of tropical and indigenous plants, and most commonly known for the ineluctable giant Victoria Regina water lilies, spice garden and the Talipot Palm which flowers once every 60 years before dying. Many trees have been planted by world leaders and royalty, including Princess Margaret, Indira Gandhi and Robert Mugabe.

After a leisurely stroll around the gardens, a short drive will bring you to L’Aventure du Sucre Museum. This fascinating museum traces Mauritian history back to the 18th century when the islands main commodity was sugar, which was lusted after as much as gold! Sugar has enjoyed an extraordinary existence, leaving a profound impression on the history and identity of Mauritius.

Afterwards, a short stop will be made at Grand Baie to allow you to purchase a souvenir of your visit. Before returning to Port Louis, there will be a photograph stop at Cap Malheureux, which is one of the most picture postcard spots of the north coast.

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. There is around 45 minutes of leisurely walking at the gardens over some uneven terrain including gravel, tree roots and grass. There are steps at each venue. The first floor of L’Aventure du Sucre involves numerous steps, however you can choose to remain on the ground floor and it also dimly lit and extra care should be taken. The venues are not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.

Northern Discovery
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