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Multihulls World’s stopovers: Reunion: the intensely varied island!

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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Off Madagascar, not far from the African continent, bathed by the waters of the Indian Ocean - positioning Reunion (the archipelago it forms along with Mauritius) geographically already sounds poetic, like an invitation to travel. Not as easily accessible as its West Indian sisters, less well-known than Polynesia, this French island is nevertheless worth a detour, even better if it is on your route! Red Sea? Gulf of Aden? Between piracy and conflicts, the round the world route via the trade winds passes via the discovery of this island. Having skirted the North of Australia, you leave Darwin. No stopover deserves to be the last and the next ones have enchanting names: Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles. But no further. Because this route, which takes you still further north-west is like a mythical siren. When you come to descend towards the exit door formed by the Cape of Good Hope, the further west you are, the tighter the angle will be with the south-east trade winds, which blow all the year round in this part of the southern hemisphere. You’re not a fan of diving, for which the Maldives are a paradise? You can therefore opt for the most direct route, which passes via Christmas Island, then the Australian Cocos Keeling Islands, from which you can head directly for Mauritius, to the east-north-east of Reunion. Together with Rodrigues to the east, the three islands form the archipelago called the Mascareignes, after the name of the Portuguese explorer who landed there ...

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