In brief…curry in a hurry roti/faratha/ti puri feasts, bustle and hassle but not too intrusive and always with friendly smiles, touristic but terrific anchorage near generous GBYC, baguettes, patisseries, pate, mojitos, fresh produce market, urban grime laced with incense, sugarcane fields and fires, eucalypts, Super U stockpiling, verdant craggy vistas (rockclimbing potential, surely?!), kimchi, knoedel, happy street dogs/stray cats, cacophony of creole, Hindi, Muslim, French, English, Chinese voices and cultures (listen to the radio stations!), bellies ballasted by Wahoo nuggets and Mahi Mahi on the fire, people-watching selfie and wedding photoshoots, colourful street art, soul nourishing hike, blast the barnacles, wonder-full village weaver bird nests, mobile phone tower palm trees, sunset swims.
In depth…Arrived Pt Louis 14 Oct 2019: 3 days from Rodrigues in light conditions and moderate fishing and shipping traffic. Great to catch up with familiar faces on arrival, fellow cruisers with whom we have island hopped the Indian Ocean in close succession. Hooray!, Bonjour, nice fish!, Hola and Morgen to…. ‘Pauline Claire’, ‘Lola’, ‘Kama’, ‘Gota de Rocio’, ‘Kristina Regina’ and ‘Frida’. Clearing-in was convenient and straight forward. The Caudan Waterfront ‘marina’ hospitality was welcoming, featured security, potable water and a delightful hot shower (my first since Christmas Island!). A couple of less-desirable attributes such as the noise and pollution of the city and commercial harbour, and our gunwhales sitting below the concrete wall to which we were tied (SS34s don’t have much freeboard!) all combined to entice us away to anchor at Grand Baie after one night in Port Louis. The entrance to GB was shallow as charted, but did have helpful port/stbd navigation buoys – not on the charts. Three nights on anchor in clean water and a light breeze close to Grand Baie Yacht Club. It is well appointed (though busy with am and pm charter traffic), secure, and great showers. Relaxed on board, walked to nearby shops, free-styled a bbq at the beach, spent time with Andy and Miriam from ‘Kama’. Next time: self drive a hire car or scooter to see more of the island (850-1000Rs); snorkel; outer island visits; and do more hikes (buses with 1-2 transfers takes 1-1.5hours to get to most bushwalking areas. Clunky but accurate journey planning: mauritius-buses.com and Excellent trail info: http://www.exploremauritius.org/?page_id=755).
Departed GB early 20/10/19 for Pt Louis in order to clear out. Limited space at customs ‘dock’ with shallow draft and very basic concrete wall to tie up (but a stone’s throw to the central market!). Final departure late morning….destination: REUNION ISLAND.