Pirates Stop Play!

I feared this might happen. I’ve torn my way up to the very northern tip of Madagascar – just 166 nautical miles from the outer islands of the Seychelles – and had my worst suspicions confirmed – NO boats go from here to the Seychelles. At all. After last month’s kidnapping of Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple sailing from Seychelles to Tanzania, nobody wants to go anywhere near this route – the risk of injury or death is just too great.

This is, of course, a tremendous blow to the progress of The Odyssey. But all is not lost! I am going to head back to Africa now on the next cargo ship out of Mahajanga port. In December, there are cruise ships that come down the Red Sea to The Seychelles, it’s a very long way around of doing it (and no doubt expensive) but I think it’s the only way of getting there without flying. If anyone can send me info about Indian Ocean cruises – routes and itineraries, they would be more than welcome.

I WILL get there, though. Eventually. I hope……..

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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  1. gavinmac

    Don’t give up. It’s only 166 miles. Just keep flashing money and you’ll find a dude with a leaky dhow who will take you.

    Another thing you could try is to skip the Seychelles for now, go overland through the rest of Africa, the Middle East, India, sail down to the Maldives, and then beg for a ride to the Seychelles (and back) from there.

  2. alex k

    graham, don’t worry about it
    if you can get to all the other nations, missing one will just not count for all us fans
    keep going mate..

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