Rodrigues Photo Album

Port Mathurin

Port Mathurin

Tomorrow we are planning to leave Rodrigues for the 350 mile sail to Mauritius. We have had a wonderful respite at Rodrigues after the 2000 mile sail to get here. But, there is a weather window opening for the next trip and so we are going to head out. I’ve prepared a photo album below that captures some of the better views we have seen around the island. The album starts with photos of our arrival at the Port Mathurin wharf (behind the red roofed building on the left), and scenes from the mountainsides above the town including some with Tahina at anchor where we moved after the first week.

Bluff Cherie

Bluff Cherie

The album then moves on to scenes from our driving around the island including Grand Baie, Pointe Cotton and the beaches on the east end, and then the bluff on the south island where I’ve climbed several times to capture views of the lagoon on the south side of the island. Picture of the bluff is seen here.

Tortoise petting

Tortoise petting

We joined the crews of Threeships and Gryphon 2 for a tour of the Francois Legaut Tortoise Preserve. Rodrigues was once home to as many as 500,000 land tortoises, but in the 1700s the Dutch and other sailors visiting and living here decimated the population until they were extinct in less than 100 years. For the past several years organizers have been trying to re-introduce species from Indonesia and Madagascar and now have over 2000 tortoises in their farm location on the west side of the island near the airport. We found out the larger tortoises are not only domesticated, but they very much enjoy having their necks stroked as shown here when Karen tried it. The larger tortoises have a sizable area in a ravine to attempt to confine them. But, some have figured out how to walk up the steps and escape to the surrounding farm land. The preserve also offers a cavern walk, but it was not very exciting if you’ve seen lots of caves.

Here is the photo album with lots of pretty views of Rodrigues and the tortoises. Definitely worth a look!


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