Sunday, July 14, 2013

Port Louis, Mauritius

Approaching Mauritius
So, we finally made it Mauritius! (on our 2nd attempt!). Sails and engine all good from the repairs in Diego Garcia. We arrived in Le Caudan Marina (S 20.09.587 E 57.29.813) in Port Louis on 14th July 2013. We had the southeasterly winds with us all the way, covering 853 nautical miles in 5 days.

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of the African continent, 805 kilometers east of Madagascar. The people of Mauritius are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual (English, French, Creole and Asian languages). 

The island is widely known as the only known home of the dodo. Sadly, they were extinct in the 17th century. Eaten to extinction by Dutch sailors! It was unfortunate that these flightless birds for some reason had no fear of humans, thus making them incredibly easy to catch.

We spent the next 3 months berthed here at $13 AUD/day. It's a small marina with 20 berths, electrical & water connections & showers. 

Le Caudan Marina

One of the things I really liked about staying in Mauritius was the Central Market in Port Louis. Within walking distance from the Marina, we had the best selection of fresh fruits & vegetables available.

Fruit & Veggies galore
Near Central Market

When we weren't working on the boat, we took the local bus to explore the nearby beaches. 

Baie du Cap is a small village located along the south coastal region of Mauritius.
Baie du Cap

Found this cute little pink elephant sun bathing on the beach! Pink from being sun burnt perhaps? {kidding}

Flic en Flac is a town on the west coast of Mauritius. 

Sugar cane plantations
Another photo of Raptor berthed at Le Caudan Marina
Transformer like boat on the opposite side of the marina
How many people can you see on the masts?

We departed Mauritius for Reunion Island on 20th October.

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