Meeting Giant Tortoises on Curieuse Island

We’ve been cruising around Seychelles, checking out the islands while having two groups of friends visit: Vishnu, Frido, and the three-year-old Ranju; and Kyle and Lauren.  We’d already seen the coco de mer palm tree at Vallee de Mai in Praslin, and now it was time to...

Vallée de Mai, Endemic Species in Seychelles

We’re in the midst of our cruising time in Seychelles, and one of our many highlights so far has been exploring Vallée de Mai, a park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seychelles. The park is located on the island of Praslin, which is the second-largest island in...

Eight Weeks Cruising the Maldives

Our time cruising the Maldives is over! We entered the country on March 27th, 2019 and left May 22, 2019, for a total of 56 days cruising from north to south. Snorkeling & Diving With the exception of the megafauna (whale sharks and manta rays), the underwater life in the...

Two Weeks in Chagos

After two months of cruising the Maldives, we made the short hop from Gan to the archipelago of Chagos.  We left Gan May 23rd, after waiting to fill our propane tank, which took nearly a week!  (We should have done it in Male).   After less than three days of very light winds and...

Dhigurah: My Dream Maldives Vacation

After eight weeks in the Maldives, I can easily say Dhigurah Island in the southern part of Ari Atoll was my favorite stop.  What made it so wonderful?  It’s a little bit of all the best in the Maldives. Tourism in the Maldives is HUGE, but much of it is private island...

Applying for a Permit to Chagos (BIOT)

One of the things I have always loved about cruising is that we go to places that are very hard or impossible for a normal tourist to visit.  For example, Beveridge Reef or the Lau Group of Fiji.  In planning our Indian Ocean crossing, we had one special stop that we set our...

Swimming with Whale Sharks in the Maldives

Despite trying to swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo, and actively looking for them while sailing up Southeast Asia, I never managed to get a swim in with these amazing animals.  While, yes, technically I did swim with one in the Maldives, it wasn’t quite the experience I...

Medical Care at Dhangethi Health Center

It all started with a little congestion in my ear. I first noticed it while snorkeling off Rasfari Island with our friends on Slow Flight.  We were looking for the manta ray cleaning station that was supposedly in this area.  I didn’t feel the pain until I tried to dive...