Take an unforgettable trip as you hop from one island to the next on board one of our luxury cruises. Whether you are looking to tick off more destinations on your bucket list or you simply want to visit some of the world’s most exotic islands, island-hopping cruises are the best way to see several stunning destinations in the space of one week. Unlike larger ships, our small cruises are able to reach the harbours of some of the most beautiful and secluded destinations, which are less well-known by tourists, giving you the ultimate island-hopping experience. Join us on board our deluxe ships and enjoy the stunning views as we sail from island to island, taking you on your next adventure with our wide selection of island-hopping cruises.
The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, each one with its own little charm. With their white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and tropical forests, you will feel like you’re in paradise. The Seychelles is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Vallee de Mai nature park and the Aldabra Atoll. The Vallee de Mai nature park is on Praslin Island, where you will find the rare coco de mer palm trees. The Aldabra Atoll is made up of four islands, surrounded by coral reef and is the world’s second largest coral atoll. It is also home to 152,000 giant tortoises.
Why not combine our bestselling Seychelles cruise with some time on land? Our Seychelles Cruise-Tour suggested itinerary includes three nights staying on Mahé Island.
The largest island in the Seychelles is Mahé, which is home to the capital of the Seychelles, Victoria, where 90% of the Seychelles population live. Mahé is well-known for its beaches, with 70 picturesque beaches on the island just waiting to be explored. The most famous beach is the Beau Vallo, which is known for its clear blue waters, making this the perfect place to go swimming or snorkelling, with an abundance of colourful fish and even some coral reefs to discover. The National Botanical Gardens is also another highlight of Mahé Island, the garden is full of tropical plants and interesting animals to learn about, including the fruit bat and famous giant tortoises – you can even feed them whilst you are there!
Our Seychelles small ship cruise will visit Praslin Island, which is one of the few places where the famous coco de mer nuts grow naturally. The nuts are the largest and heaviest seeds in the plant world. You may even catch a glimpse of the famous Black Parrot! Don’t forget to check out the stunning beaches whilst you are there, in particular Anse Lazio beach which has magnificent coral reefs.
La Digue is the third most populated island and a must see on your island-hopping Seychelles cruise. This is one of the most impressive islands, known for its laid-back atmosphere. The preferred mode of transport on the island is cycling, with only a handful of cars to be seen there. If cycling isn’t your thing don’t worry, there are plenty of hiking trails and jungles to explore, or you relax on Anse Marron beach, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and can only be accessed by foot.
Bali is the tourist hub of Indonesia. The best way to get the most out of your trip to Bali and Indonesia is to spend a few days exploring the different islands on our Bali & Indonesian Islands Cruise. From snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters, walking along the colourful beaches, exploring the breathtaking waterfalls and visiting the world’s largest reptile, the magnificent islands in Indonesia have so much to offer. Looking a few extra nights of luxury? Our Bali Cruise-Tour includes a week-long cruise, and three nights in a four-star hotel in Bali. Take a look here>
Santonda Island is located north of Sumbawa and is a ring-shaped island with a saltwater lake in the middle, a result of the island forming after the eruption of Mount Satonda volcano. This is a unique island which offers panoramic views to all of its visitors, so make sure you bring your camera! Whilst you are there you can walk along the white sanded beaches and marvel at the view. Or if you are feeling adventurous, there are a variety of activities on offer including snorkelling and scuba diving right near the coral reefs, you may even catch sight of the hawksbill turtles.
Moyo island is a secluded and peaceful island which is not well-known by many tourists. Relax on the beautiful and pristine beaches or take a dip in the sea. Continuing exploring the island by taking a walk in the forest and discover the magnificent Mata Jitu waterfall or visit the nature reserve in Saleh Bay. You will find lots of exotic animals and wildlife there, including wild oxen, deer, wild boars and countless different types of birds.
Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia and includes the three larger islands – Komodo, Padar and Rinca. Join our guided tour of the park where you will be taken around by one of our knowledgeable guides and get to see the famous Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards, in their natural habitat. Prada Island is located between Komodo Island and Rinca Island, a perfect stop over on your island-hopping cruise. Prada Island is most famous for their coloured sanded beaches – pearly white, charcoal black and baby pink. Like the other islands, Prada offers spectacular views and has a diverse wildlife living on the island, including sharks, manta rays and reptiles.
Greece has over 6,000 islands spread across the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Whether you’re looking for buzzing nightlife, relaxing on the beach or exploring the archaeological sites, an island-hopping cruise in Greece is the ideal way to see the Greek islands and enjoy a memorable trip.
The Cyclades are the most well-known Greek islands, famous for their sandy beaches and blue and white buildings. The word “Cyclades” means circular islands in English and refers to the islets forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos. There are 220 islands which make up the Cyclades, giving you plenty of options when planning your island-hopping adventure. Explore the Cyclades on our bestselling Greek Cyclades Islands Cruise.
Paros island is in the Aegean Sea and offers a variety of historical monuments, a fun nightlife and traditional villages to explore – the most famous villages being Parikia and Naoussa. Paros beaches are perfect for those looking for a holiday packed with fun activities in the sea, from wind surfing, water-skiing and scuba diving.
Santorini is a must when it comes to visiting Greek islands. The island is rich in history, so immerse yourself in the culture and visit the Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral where you can admire the beautiful artwork inside. Or stop by the Nea Kameni volcano, which is popular with tourists for its healing hot springs. Don’t forget to see the iconic Santorini sunset and try some traditional Greek wines on our visit to some of the island’s famous wineries.
Take a short boat ride from the island of Mykonos to Delos, an archeologically site famous for being the mythological birthplace of the Greek god, Apollo. In the evening, enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Mykonos and delicious Greek cuisine before heading for a night out on the town.
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Peloponnese refers to the peninsula connected to mainland Greece by the Corinth Canal. If you are looking for a holiday to immerse yourself in ancient Greek history, then the Peloponnese & Greek Islands Cruise is perfect for you. These islands have a long and interesting historical background, so don’t limit yourself to just visiting one island, visit them all on our fantastic cruise.
One of the most popular destinations to visit for its history is Olympia. This is a fascinating landmark which is the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Whilst you’re there, admire the ancient ruins of the athletic training areas, the stadium and temples which were dedicated to the gods Hera and Zeus.
Gythio is a seaside town on the south of Peloponnese. It is known for its brave fighters during the Greek War of Independence against Turkey in the 1820’s. There are lots of interesting and fun attractions at Gythio, including visiting the Historical Museum and the impressive underground Caves of Diros. Don’t leave without visiting the most famous beach in Gythio – Mavovouni. It is a lovely sandy beach with clear blue water and is even a popular spot for Caretta-Caretta turtles, which are often seen on the beach.
Itea is a small waterfront town located close to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Delphi. This is a famous historical site in Greece as it is considered the sanctuary of Apollo and the shrine of his oracle. Itea also has impressive views of the waterfront and mountains in the horizon, perfect for an afternoon stroll along the beach.
The Maldives are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives consists of 26 ring-shaped atolls, coral reefs and low-lying coral islands. Island-hopping in the Maldives is the epitome of paradise with its palm-tree lined sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and beautiful villas.
Malé Island is the capital of the Maldives and is a great place to begin your island-hopping adventure. Malé is a small island which is densely built and highly populated. Explore the town by taking a stroll down the narrow streets which are lined with shops, make sure to stop by the fish markets and visit the local restaurants to taste traditional Maldivian cuisine. We also recommend finding the 17th-century Friday Mosque and the gold-tipped Islamic Centre to learn about the culture and marvel at the impressive architecture.
The Maldives is also well known for its incredible marine life and on our island-hopping cruises you will have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with them. The Ari Atoll is one of the best places for exploring the sea. South Ari Atoll is a Protected Marine Area and is a popular spot for seeing whale sharks throughout the year and there have also been some manta ray sightings. This makes South Ari Atoll islands the perfect destination for anyone interested in scuba diving or snorkelling in the azure waters. For the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, our Maldives Cruise-Tour combines a week’s cruise with a week in a luxurious stay in a private hut on stilts over the water. Read more here >
Interested in an island-hopping cruise somewhere else? Whether you’re looking to explore the Croatian Islands or soak up the sun in Fiji , we have plenty more destinations to choose from for your island-hopping adventure.
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