North and West of the Northern tip of Madagascar
24.05.2011 - 25.05.2011 29 °C
On first day of 4 days at sea after visiting the island of Mahe - capital of the Seychelles Islands. A beautiful day with less humidity and blue skies with beautiful people and far less trash visible. We walked into the town and spoke to someone who told us we could arrange a glass bottom boat trip out to the Marine national park. We then walked into town and visited the colourful small market and then down to the wharf where the four of us boarded a small glass bottom boat and headed out to sea. We stopped several times to feed thousands of Zebra fish with stale bread rolls and Melinda and Josh and the German couple who were sharing the boat with us donned their snorkels and masks and went swimming over the shallow waters over the coral reefs. The Zebra fish were so used to swiimers that even without the bread they would come up and nibble fingers and other exposed parts. After half an hour or so we travelled the short distance to Cerf Island. This Island is the only one which has about 10 families living on it and it has a small house that offers a beautiful rocky beach - complete with 6 inch spiders and a freshly prepared Creole lunch with curries and various salads and barbecued rabbit fish. There is a path up to a panoramic lookout and a tame 17 year old tame giant tortoise - Pepino. After a pleasant 2 ½ hours we travelled back to the town of Victoria where I walked back to the ship and the others went jewellery shopping. Our day with the vessel Calypso with owner Ari was not only cheap but fantastic value particularly when compared to the expensive Princess tours.
The ship sailed at 6pm after all passengers returned at 5-30pm and after a refreshing shower we headed off for a buffet meal then the evenings entertainment. We first saw a show with the 2 surviving members of the 80's group, The Four Kinsmen, which was a blend of music and comedy. We then sat for an hour listening to the resident pianist Larry Dunsmore who also is responsible for the 400 strong choir which Celina has joined.
Today is a seaday so lots to do or not depending on one’s mood and interests. Tomorrow night is the next formal night so the dinner suit and lovely clothing and formal photo’s are de rigeur. Only 4 days to our first mini safari in south Africa. Still over 3 ½ weeks to go!