Over the last few days we've been getting out and exploring the island. It has been great fun. The island has a lot to see and do.
On Sunday we walked the sea-side trail from Graviers to St Francoise with the folks from sv Silver Girl. We took the bus from Port Mathurin to Graviers. The bus cost 30Rp (about $1) and was good fun with happy people and reggae music.
|Pt Mathurin bus station|
|One of the many beaches|
|Walking the track|
On Monday the ladies from Silver Girl, Vulcan Spirit and Zen Again went on a Creole Cooking Course at a guest hose near Gravier. They prepared and ate lunch on the beach.
|Ready to eat!|
The reserve houses over 3000 tortoises of two species - Giant Aldabra and Radiated. Neither were endemic to the island - the endemic species are extinct - but the giant tortoises are very similar to the originals. Some of the Giant Aldabras in the reserve are over 100 years old. The adult tortoises live in a small canyon which is very scenic and helps to keep them contained.
|Stroking a Giant Aldabra|
|Grande Caverne entrance|
Last night we had dinner with about 25 of the yachties at the Blue Marlin restaurant. Very good food and it was great to see everyone together.