04.07.2011 - 04.07.2011
PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
After four full days at sea we reached Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, the largest city and the main port. Mauritius is one of three islands along with Reunion and Rodriguez which make up the Mascarene group.
We drove from the port all the way across the island on the main highway to the southeastern coast. There we crossed a short stretch of water and spent the day on Ile des Deux Cocos.
All of the western Indian Ocean islands had originally been colonized with tea, sugar or vanilla plantations. Our drive today was through acres and acres of sugar cane.
The small island is a private island resort within the Blue Bay Marine Park. Great snorkeling, turquoise hued lagoon, barbecue lunch, island rum (have to use all that sugar cane for something!), not bad!
Sailing away at sunset, back on board our ocean home.