We headed to the east of the island, towards Trou d’Eau Douce, to board a catamaran on which we spent most of the day. There were 20 + people on board, all very excited and anxious to get the day started. The activities planned were parasailing, snorkelling, sail to a hidden waterfall, have a barbecue on the catamaran and spend the rest of the day on Ile aux Cerfs. The day started out with the most perfect weather; clear blue skies.
It was our first time parasailing. It was quite exhilarating taking off and landing, with an amazing view at the top, otherwise boring. Too bad we were too chicken to bring our 5D Mark 3 with us for the ride. We can only dream for affordable waterproof casings. In a later post, we will talk about the gear we brought with us, what we wished we brought, and the pros and cons of travelling medium-heavy.
After each of us had a turn parasailing, we joined the catamaran again and made our way to the waterfall. We could tell that the weather was going to change drastically. Dark clouds were making their way from the island towards where we were.
As we got to the waterfall, it started pouring but we did not let that trump our plans. We got onto a smaller vessel and weaved our way through rocks to finally arrive at the waterfall. It was quite an experience, especially with the heavy rain.
We all retreated inside the catamaran for lunch, while Mother Nature was gradually showing what she was capable of. It was raining so much that visibility was very low and all activities on the waters came to a standstill.
As the rain subsided, we decided to venture out in the open waters. The strong winds that followed the heavy rain made for a very rough sea: It felt like a roller-coaster. We did not end up going to Ile aux Cerfs because of the heavy rain. Instead, we got a taste of the local street foods and headed home.