Hike to Le Chameau
13 January 2017
The islands most spectacular view is from Le Chameau with an old Napoleonic lookout tower. From below, it looked very steep and high at about 1000 feet but the road up there was in very good condition and it took us about 50 minutes to reach the summit. The reward was indeed the view. We were above the height at which the small airplanes were descending to the tiny airstrip far below and Deep Blue looked like a pinprick in the harbour. The lookout tower was in need of some restoration but must have had an important job in its day with commanding views all around.
The island is full of well-marked walking and hiking trails and we noticed that one would take us down the front of the hill, through woodland and over rocks, so we decided to return that way. We were very pleased to have come down that way rather than have gone up that way, as it was much steeper and more of a direct descent. On the way, we were amazed to see a type of hermit crab living in the woodland, so high out of the water. They carried their shell homes on their backs as they scrambled about the leaves and tree roots. It was incredible to see.