Originally Posted by Banshe
I have just joined. I'm about to sail out of Dampier WA. Where's Dampier you may ask. Well it's a tiny mining town in Western Australia
. I'm sailing to Rodrigues 3000 miles across the Indian Ocean
. Hope to be there in three weeks if the trades are kind to me.
If anyone has sailed there and can give me some information it would be gladly received and appreciated.
I sailed Darwin, Christmas
Island, Cocos Keeling, Rodriques, Madagascar
..., in 2011-12.
In a nutshell, Rodriques is an interesting stop. The approach into the lagoon
was a bit confusing at the time due to a poorly marked piling, but with a little guidance from others inside via vhf
was successful. You do not want to arrive on a weekend like I did, and although receipts are provided, I came away unconvinced the officials weren't padding their pockets at my expense.
was possible but appeared to be a bit exposed. I tied alongside a commercial
tug because climbing from my kayak
to the jetty's top would have been a challenge. I prefer anchoring
in order to keep vermin off my boat
. While I'll never know for sure, I may have taken aboard a hard to irradicate cockroach infestation there. Could have been in Nose Be, Madagascar
(banannas) or South Africa
There are some pretty good cafes and restaurants as well as roadside vendors selling a decent variety of vegetables and so-so fruit. Lots of shops, maybe two banks if my memory serves me well. A decent bakery. There's a Chinese whole seller not far from the jetty where you can find items like toilet paper and canned goods at quantity discount prices.
Overall, not too expensive.
I'd stop there again but not on a weekend...