Routes in the Central Indian Ocean

1531 Christmas Island to Cocos Keeling

1532 Cocos Keeling to Mauritius

1533 Cocos Keeling to Chagos

1534 Christmas Island to Chagos

1535 Chagos to Seychelles

1536 Chagos to Mauritius

1537 Chagos to Madagascar

The islands of the South Indian Ocean provide one of the most attractive cruising grounds in the world, yet the number of boats that visit them is very small. There are several reasons for this: the remoteness of the islands from the major cruising routes, the restrictions imposed on the movement of cruising boats in some of the islands, either by civil or military authorities, and the fact that by the time they have reached the Indian Ocean most sailors seem to have run out of time.

The routes linking the islands with each other, as well as with neighbouring Africa, are mostly under the influence of the SE trade winds, which last from

April until November. The best sailing season is the southern winter, from June to September. In some of the islands in lower latitudes, such as Chagos or the Seychelles, the SE trade winds can be light and more variable, especially outside the peak winter months. From December to March, when the ITCZ moves south, the NE monsoon in the North Indian Ocean is deflected south of the equator and provides a flow of NW winds. The weather in summer is less attractive, a hot and humid NW monsoon in the northwest and the danger of tropical cyclones in the south.

IS30 Routes in the Central Indian Ocean

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