A few hundred metres further on, we arrive on the jetty in Saint-Pierre. Here, we can fully appreciate the force of the elements. The wind is blowing, the waves are crashing against the black rocks and we can picture how the fishermen on Reunion Island lived back in the day. The further we venture along the jetty, the more the ocean reminds us that mankind is powerless when faced with the sheer force of Mother Nature. At the end of the jetty, the old lighthouse protrudes into the blue sky. The ancient slogan of Saint-Pierre summarises the centuries of fishing in the South of the island: Fortis fortuna fortior, “Bravery is worth more than fortune”.
The jetty reminds us of this gruelling ancient trade, but the town’s harbour is a welcoming and friendly place that is very much appreciated by the locals. It’s a place for both fishing boats and recreational boaters who stop off here to enjoy a cocktail or for the children to play on the nearby beach. We sit back and relax on the terrace and enjoy the view whilst imagining those fishermen braving the elements.