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PONANT proposes a 10-day all-new expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal from Osaka to Guam, discovering Japan’s wildest archipelago, the Ogasawara Islands.
You’ll embark in Osaka, Japan’s second city, which is home to a fortress dating back to the 16th century, before setting sail towards the island of Hachijo-jima, which lies off the coast of Tokyo and is composed of two magnificent volcanos.
You’ll then reach the Ogasawara Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011. In this extraordinarily wild setting, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll discover volcanic landscapes of outstanding beauty: white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral formations, lush tropical forest, cliffs…
Located a few thousand kilometres off the coast of the main Japanese archipelago, and accessible only by the sea, these subtropical islands nicknamed the “Galapagos of the East” preserve incredibly rich fauna and flora: more than 40% of the 500 plant species are endemic.
Many marine mammals live in the deep waters of the underwater canyon on which the archipelago is located.
At the end of the world, at the crossroads of Japanese and Micronesian influences, the archipelago has developed an original culture.
Finally, you’ll reach the idyllic island of Guam in Micronesia, your disembarkation port.
• An all-new cruise discovering the preserved islands of Hachijo-jima and Ogasawara. • Outings and shore visits with an experienced team of naturalist-guides. • A UNESCO World Heritage Site: the landscapes, fauna and flora of the Ogasawara archipelago. • The Hachijo-Fuji mountain on the island of Hachijo-jima. • Landscapes: white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, coral formations, lush tropical forest, cliffs… • Endemic fauna and flora, possibility of observing marine mammals and snorkelling.
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Luxury Small ShipA sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, and the same philosophy that has made L'Austral and Le Boreal such a success.
This magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, all with balconies, has contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white. White Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat's hull, while the central scuplture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the lounge bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonomous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.
Wheelchairs3 specially adapted wheelchair cabins (Deck 3 = Superior cabin no. 307, no balcony, Deck 4 = Prestige Cabin no. 407 - with balcony and Deck 5 = Prestige Cabin no 509, with balcony) and lifts to all decks/areas.
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Length: 142 metres
Passenger Capacity: 264, Built: 2013