Time to lose our land legs and get onto the high seas again. We decided to break up the long sail to the Canaries by visiting the Desertas Islands and the Savage (Selvagens) Islands, if the weather allowed. With our permits in place for the national park we were on a keen look out for whales and monk seals.
The islands are stark volcanic rocks with amazing geology with only a warden in a hut keeping watch. As evening approached we were treated with a rare monk seal sighting (one of only 26 seals in the Madeiran archipelago) playing in the shallows behind our yacht. We were all delighted.