Leg 9

Lombok, Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling, Mauritius

19 September 2020 – 20 October 2020

We leave Lombok and sail west across the Indian Ocean to Christmas Island, 625nm away. We will have a short stay on the island, but there is still much to uncover in this place full of natural wonders: from endemic species of birdlife, deserted beaches, varied marine fish and the unique annual red crab migration, and all against an impressive rainforest backdrop.

From Christmas Island we make our way to the Cocos Keeling Islands, 525nm away.

The sublime Cocos Keeling Islands are an unspoiled exotic paradise, made up of 27 islands that are all palm-fringed with white sand beaches. The islands are in an almost perfect circle and only two of the islands are inhabited. There are phenomenal coral reefs for diving and snorkelling or enjoy the flat waters which make it a perfect kiteboarding spot.

You can also visit Home Island where a small indigenous population of about 450 Cocos Malay people live. Originally brought to the Cocos Keeling Islands as slaves and members of the harem of Alexander Hare, an early 19th century English explorer, it has understandably created quite a unique culture.

Sailing from Cocos Keeling Islands to Mauritius, where this leg ends, is around 2350nm and should take around 17 days.

Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation is known for its clear blue waters, beautiful beaches and lagoons, but it’s also the kind of place that rewards you if you push the boundaries of your exploration. There is hiking in the mountainous interior in the Black River Gorges National Park, excellent diving and snorkelling, stunning botanical gardens and historic colonial plantation houses to explore.