Jean-Claude Farla information
Lonely Planet review
Our operator of choice is Jean-Claude Farla, a local fisherman and six-time national swimming champion who went on to compete in the Indian Ocean games. Not only is he somewhat of a local legend, he is the only person to offer sailing outings on a traditional 22ft pirogue (others have souped-up boats with motors). Figure on €20 for a half-day trip in the pirogue gliding through the blue and stopping periodically to snorkel and free dive. It's €50 for a full-day excursion to Île aux Cerfs with a stop at Île de Flamant and a BBQ lunch on Île aux Mangénie. It's best to call at least two days ahead to ensure that he's available (there's a six-person minimum).