This 16 day expedition will take us to the dream destinations of the Indian Ocean. The best time for the four destinations is in October. Unlike previous expeditions there will be no outdoor overnight stays in hammocks or sleeping bags on this trip. The price for the JBL expedition from Frankfurt is approx. € 4500 (the exact travel price will be set mid 2017).
We will be flying over South Africa to Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. From there we are heading off towards the north to Tofo on the coast. The main attractions will be the whale sharks, which you are almost guaranteed to find in October. We’ll be able to snorkel with the world’s largest fish and at close range observe them slurping down their 6000 litres of plankton food. Even if the 13 m long animals are not typical aquarium dwellers, no nature lover could fail to enjoy experiencing these 12 ton lightweights close up. The shallow water reefs are sure to prove as fascinating for the snorkelers as the 25 m deep reefs will be for the divers, where will carry out seawater analyses.
With its 1600 km length, the world’s second largest island state offers incredibly many and diverse habitats, and can only be visited after days of travelling by car or several domestic flights. For three full days we will concentrate on a region in the central east of the island (Andasibe National Park) which has an incredible biodiversity and a large density of individual reptiles and amphibians. Our top priorities will of course be the beautiful day geckos and the many chameleon species we want to observe. But the aquarium enthusiasts will also be able to have the time of their lives: we are bound to find the endemic fish and invertebrate species that live in the streams and rivers. The water of some streams is so clear that we be able to observe them while snorkelling.
After flying for nearly two hours we will reach the dream island Mauritius. We’ll have two whole days to explore the coral reefs and the rainforest in the interior of the island. With the help of the island’s JBL importer, who, of course, knows every nook and cranny, we will have the chance to get to know the best spots on the island in no time. The coral reefs are very interesting for snorkelers as well as for scuba divers. We would like to compare the water values with those of Mozambique and the Seychelles and relate them to the coral growth.
At the end of the expedition we will continue our flight from Mauritius to the Seychelles, 1800 km north and just below the Equator. The Seychelles have become world-famous for their granite rocks and giant tortoises. We will continue our flight from the airport on Mahe to the small island Praslin which provides an ideal basis for explorations. The island is covered by a dense rainforest and has picturesque bays where we also will carry out light measurements. One trip will also take us to the island La Digue which must have the most beautiful granite formations of all Seychelles. From the Seychelles we will head off on a direct flight to Germany or to the participants’ other home countries.