Hōkūleʻa crewmembers on the 14th leg of the Worldwide Voyage received a warm welcome upon reaching the island nation of Mauritius. The stop was a critical waypoint on the dangerous Indian Ocean leg of the Worldwide Voyage.
“Mauritius is a very strategic port of call for the Worldwide Voyage, as it sets us up for our next great challenge of sailing to Madagascar and South Africa, eventually arriving in Cape Town. The stop will bring relief to a crew that just sailed 3,500 nautical miles across the Indian Ocean,” said Nainoa Thompson, pwo (master) navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “We’re thankful that Mauritius allows us to set up for the next leg of our travels, and it also introduces us to extraordinary ecological and culturally rich places. We are grateful to Outrigger Resorts for supporting our voyage and partnering with us while our crew docks in Mauritius.”
“Since we set out on our own global expansion, one of our primary goals was to be authentic ambassadors of aloha in every country we’re located in,” said Kelley. “We’re proud to be able to share the story of Hōkūleʻa and the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s mission of navigating toward a healthy and sustainable future with our guests and the community.” The voyage’s goal of educating the world’s community about preserving our natural resources also ties in beautifully with Outrigger Resorts’ global coral health and conservation program, OZONE (Outrigger’s zone).
During their time in Mauritius, Worldwide Voyage crewmembers reached out to the community, offering educational opportunities on traditional Polynesian non-instrument wayfinding and built relationships with the local marine conservation community. The crew was excited to learn about and share stories of hope with local dignitaries and community leaders in service of the voyage’s Mālama Honua mission–caring for our Island Earth.
Learn more about this exciting leg of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage below.