Blogs of boats who recently sailed the Indian Ocean

Passage notes from recent Indian Ocean passage makers

Links to agencies for formalities (visas, etc.)

Weather resources available by radio or internet

Radio nets (HAM or SSB) for the Indian Ocean


Sailing Blogs


Do It       


Scorpio                 incl. Maldives experiences 2011


Ocelot              (West 2007, East 2009 and West 2013)

                        Destinations pages start at

                        Newsletters & passage notes start at

Pylades                         Darwin to S. Africa 2011

Horizon           To S. Africa 2011

Papillon           Seven Seas Cruising Association Bulletin, Page 5 February 2012, and March 2012 bulletin

or: (similar to the part 2 article in the Mar. 2012 SSCA bulletin)



Passage Notes


Notes from Do It (2011 crossing)

Notes from Hokus Pokus

Notes from Papillon

Notes from Wombat of Sydney

Notes from Baraka (2012 – Singapore to Cocos Keeling)

Notes from Baraka (2012 – Cocos Keeling to Africa)



Agents and Agencies


Australian ETA (electronic visa)    

Singapore Advance Notification   

CAIT Agents - Indonesia              

DAN                                            - an evacuation insurance provider

Jan’s notes on formalities            

Application for Chagos                


Weather Resources


North Indian Ocean text reports              via Airmail

South Indian Ocean text reports             via Airmail

SIO Weatherfax example                       via Airmail

GRIB - moving forecast                         via Airmail

Map of cyclone tracks                           via internet

South Africa METVUW weather              via internet

Brunei Bay Radio                                  voice broadcast sked of METAREA and local coastal. For details of Brunei Bay Radio broadcast skeds and frequencies, see and