Silversea Expedition Cruises To CURIEUSE

CURIEUSE

This small granitic island lies serenely off the north-west coast of Praslin and since 1979 has been declared a Marine National Park. Originally called Isle Rouge in 1744 by French explorer Lazare Picault because of its large areas of bare red soil, the island was renamed Curieuse in 1768 after the expeditionary ship sent by Marc-Joseph Marion Dufresne to explore Praslin and its surrounding islands. For all Curieuse’s beauty, there is sadness in its past. View more

During the 19th and early 20th centuries the island was home to leper colonies, and ruins of the old settlement still stand along the southern coast. The former physician’s residence, now the Doctor’s House Visitor Centre, is a museum of the island’s unfortunate past as well as an educational resource on the island’s natural history and conservation. Curieuse hosts a diversity of flora and fauna, making it a nature lover’s delight. It is home to a large population of the unusual coco-de-mer palms, which grow naturally only here and in Praslin, and spectacular granite rock formations dot the landscape. Several beaches are scattered around the island, which are often nesting sites for giant tortoises that come ashore to lay their eggs between September and February. The variety of natural habitats, from tall lush woodland and dry bushy scrubland to freshwater mangrove marshes, attract plentiful wildlife such as endemic birds, turtles, lizards, crabs and insects. Due to lack of infrastructure, there are no organised excursions offered.

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ZANZIBAR To MAHE
  • Departure
    Apr 16 2022
  • Duration
    11 Days
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    Silver Explorer
From US$ 11,880
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This small granitic island lies serenely off the north-west coast of Praslin and since 1979 has been declared a Marine National Park.

Originally called Isle Rouge in 1744 by French explorer Lazare Picault because of its large areas of bare red soil, the island was renamed Curieuse in 1768 after the expeditionary ship sent by Marc-Joseph Marion Dufresne to explore Praslin and its surrounding islands.

For all Curieuse's beauty, there is sadness in its past. During the 19th and early 20th centuries the island was home to leper colonies, and ruins of the old settlement still stand along the southern coast. The former physician's residence, now the Doctor's House Visitor Centre, is a museum of the island's unfortunate past as well as an educational resource on the island's natural history and conservation.


Curieuse hosts a diversity of flora and fauna, making it a nature lover's delight. It is home to a large population of the unusual coco-de-mer palms, and Seychelles black parrot, both grow naturally only here and in Praslin, and spectacular granite rock formations dot the landscape. Several beaches are scattered around the island, which are often nesting sites for giant tortoises that come ashore to lay their eggs between September and February. There is a large Hawksbill turtle rookery and many bird species to see.The variety of natural habitats, from tall lush woodland and dry bushy scrubland to freshwater mangrove marshes, attract plentiful wildlife such as endemic birds, turtles, lizards, crabs and insects.


After a wet landing on a sandy beach, chose among the various marked trails of different lengths and degrees of exertion, available for exploration with the Silversea Expedition Team. A limited number of Marine Park staff is available to provide information and offer assistance on the trails.


The trails have different areas of focus. One of the easiest to access crosses a series of wooden boardwalks through the mangrove forest and leads to the ruins of the old leper settlement and Doctor's House Visitor Centre. Those wishing to explore the Baie Laraie beach trail must be accompanied by marine park staff, as it there may be turtle nesting sites. A third, more strenuous trail leads through the coco-de-mer forest to a summit with beautiful panoramic views. Spotting of wildlife can not be guaranteed.



An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.