Madagascar & Aldabra Expedition
Up Close With a 150-Year-Old Giant Tortoise: Meeting the Last Surviving Species
Next, we spent two days at Aldabra, anchored just off shore; it is an amazing place. One of the largest atolls in the world, it is a protected area that is home to 100,000 of one of the last surviving species of giant tortoises. It is comprised of four separate, but closely spaced, islands surrounding a large tidal lagoon.
We headed out on a drift snorkel. A small group of us were dropped off just inside the lagoon and we drifted out with the tide along the reef. It was wonderful. We saw tons of fish, a ray, a sea turtle and some reef sharks.
The following day, we got into the zodiacs in the afternoon for some cruising around in the lagoon. We had a quiet evening and prepared for an early wake up for our last day of Expedition.