Seychelles

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 see another endemic species:  the Aldabra giant tortoise….

Sailing Reports

Running Out of Fuel in the Indian Ocean

We knew that we needed to leave Gan, our last port in the Maldives, with as much fuel as possible. With temperatures so high, we were struggling to make it through the day without running the air conditioning, and being so close to the equator, winds were light or non-existent. We left Gan with a…

Chagos

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 mostly motoring,…

Route Planning

Sailing the Indian Ocean in 2019

On December 9th, 2019, we crossed 20 degrees east to exit the Indian Ocean after over 500 days of cruising and sailing over 10,900 nm! There are many paths to take, and cruising boats veer outside of the scope of this post.  Indian Ocean routes typically start in Australia, since many boats go to wait…