Il faut aller voir"
(We must go and see) was the motto aboard legendary sea explorer Jacques Cousteau's boat Calypso
. With his 1956 Oscar-winning underwater-adventure documentary The Silent World
, Cousteau transported millions of viewers to the Indian Ocean islands of Assomption and Aldabra—one of the world's largest coral atolls. Today it's possible to go in person. The Island Sky
is a small expedition ship that departs from Mauritius, taking 100 passengers on 12-day-long cruises on these turquoise waters. Wading ashore on Aldabra, home to the world's largest population of giant tortoises, the welcome party is a shoal of blacktip reef...
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