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A brush with disaster

A brush with disaster

Almost everyone has had a brush with disaster. Some are really big events like being standby and not making an airplane flight that crashes, or missing a bus that ends up being in a serious accident. Some are more minor like a near-miss when driving. But, whatever the cause, nothing catches your attention like “almost”…

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Reunion to South Africa

Reunion to South Africa

From Reunion we made a 1,388-mile passage to Richards Bay, South Africa. The biggest concern for this passage was the last day as we closed in on the South Africa coast where the southbound Agulhas Current can reach speeds of up to six knots. When this current meets the “southerly busters” that regularly bring strong…

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La Fenetre

La Fenetre

Our final Reunion road trip was to La Fenetre (The Window), a viewpoint over the Cirque de Cilaos. We’d visited Cirque de Cilaos earlier in the week, so it was fun to see it again from thousands of feet above. Afterwords, we drove down into the town of St. Pierre for lunch before returning to…

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Foret de Bebour-Belouve

Foret de Bebour-Belouve

The Foret de Bebour-Belouve is a lush tropical rainforest in the center of Reunion, directly south of the Cirque de Salazie, and within the island’s wetter east coast region. The forest is beautiful, with lots of walking tracks and picnic spots, but our primary motivation for visiting was to make the 3.5km walk to the…

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Cirque de Cilaos

Cirque de Cilaos

We completed our three-cirque tour at Cirque de Cilaos. The road up was the most winding, steep and difficult Reunion road we’d driven so far. And that is saying a lot. The scenery en route and inside the cirque was incredible, with views into deep river gorges and soaring peaks. Trip highlights from October 14th…

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Thank you Plug n Play!

Thank you Plug n Play!

Our NavNet 3D black box failed as we neared Reunion. After some debugging, we determined we needed a replacement Elsa Gladiac 776 GS graphics card, last produced in 2006. We’d first gone to Le Port computer store Plug n Play in an attempt to buy a low-voltage relay for another proejct. It turns out Plug…

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Le volcan

Le volcan

Among Reunion’s many natural wonders is Piton de la Fournaise, an active and accessible volcano at the south end of the island known locally as simply le volcan (the volcano). We were lucky to be there during a period of active eruptions, and spent hours watching as lava constantly boiled, bubbled, and spewed out. Trip…

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On board the Marion Dufresne

On board the Marion Dufresne

The French Oceanographic research vessel Marion Dufresne arrived into Reunion and we were able to get on board for a tour. The ship is registered in Marseilles, but operarates from Reunion, serving the French Southern Indian Ocean and Antarctic holdings. Trip highlights from October 4th follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click…

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Le Maido

Le Maido

The viewpoints into the mountains of Reunion are best visited early in the morning as by mid-morning they often cloud in. So we left Le Port at 5:30am on the 39km drive to Le Maido to take in the sweeping views into the Cirque de Mafete. The panorama was astonishing, and even better than we…

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Reunion waterfall tour

Reunion waterfall tour

Rain was predicted to fall the entire day, but we really wanted to get out and explore more of the island. Cirque de Salazie is one of three volcanic calderas at the island’s center and the access road is full of impressive waterfalls, so we figured this would be a good day for a waterfall…

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St. Denis

St. Denis

A few days after we arrived in Reunion, we rented a car to explore more of the island. Our first trip was to the capitol city of St. Denis. Founded in 1668 and named the island capitol in 1738, St. Denis is rich in colonial history with many well-preserved heritage buildings. After spending a few…

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Rodrigues to Reunion

Rodrigues to Reunion

After 10 days in Rodrigues, we made a 3-night, 467-nm trip to Reunion. Port Louis, Mauritius is the typical next port for most pleasure craft–we don’t know of a single other pleasure craft that’s gone to Reunion directly from Rodrigues. If we didn’t have to clear out and clear back in again at Port Louis,…

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Exploring Rodrigues

Exploring Rodrigues

Near the end of our stay in Rodrigues, we rented a scooter for a couple of days and travelled pretty much every road in the island. It was a fun and easy way to get out and see the sights, including the Francois Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve, the east coast beaches, and some…

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Fueling at Port Mathurin

Fueling at Port Mathurin

We arrived into Port Mathurin on a Saturday and fueled the following Thursday. This isn’t to say that fueling was one of the things we did on Thursday–that’s all we did that day and we were lucky to get it done in a day. Highlights from September 20th follow. Click any image for a larger…

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Port Mathurin

Port Mathurin

We spent our first few days in Rodrigues completing our clearance, getting a few boat projects done and exploring the area around Port Mathurin. We also picked up a SIM card for cellular data–it’s great to have always-on connectivity again after running for so many days on BGAN. Trip highlights from September 12th through 16th…

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Rodrigues arrival

Rodrigues arrival

We arrived into Rodrigues, Mauritius from Dampier, Australia after 19 nights and 3,023 nautical miles at sea. The seas were a little rougher on the second half of the trip compared to the first half. But we still had several days of calm weather and the big seas didn’t last long. Overall we had an…

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