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// APRIL 2017
Where there is a will, there is a way
Mutare
Vilankulo
Maputo
Maputo
Pemba
Ibo Island
Pemba
Mozambique Island
Maputo
Ila de Magaruque
Vilankulo
Nacaroa
Nampula
Komatipoort

Vilankulo

 

29th of April
Are you interested on going on a cruise??? You better decide fast…

We had a good night’s sleep and woke up without the help of an alarm clock.

After having our breakfast, we searched for the hotel that we had planned to stay for the next two coming nights. 
Casa Cabana Beach, was situated in front of the beach and it was a beautiful complex of idyllic bungalows. 


 

We asked for a daily excursion, we wanted to do next day, to the islands of Bazaruto Archipelago.

We were informed by the local travel agencies that the weather would be too bad next day and it would be rather impossible for us to visit the islands we wanted.
So, the only option was to go to them on that very same day and our decision was taken within a few minutes only.

We went with a speed boat to the Magaruque Island for snorkelling and exploration.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit the islands Bazaruto and Benquera, since it was already 10:00.

We were ready within a few minutes and with a Tuk Tuk vehicle we went to  Dolphin Dhow Safaris.


An amazing adventure!!!

By the time we had tried our flippers, the boat was ready.
We walked in the shallow waters of the tide and embarked.
We were four people all together: The captain of the boat, his fourteen years old son, me and Christos. 


 

We sailed carefully, in the beginning, in the shallow waters, then avoided with impressive maneuvers the shoals, while enjoying the emerald waters of the archipelago and eventually we arrived at the island

We divide next to the reef. The waters were quite turbid, since the sea had been rough in the last two, three days.

We embarked on the boat again and said to our captain to take us to another part of the beach, so as to walk and explore there.

We took photos, while walking into dreamy scenery.

It was just us, the sea and the beach.  

The sun was playing with the clouds…A traditional Dhow boat was sailing far away and the beach seemed embroidered by the waters of the tide…


 

While walking and enjoying our beautiful promenade, we eventually reached the point where our captain was waiting for us. Our boat was anchored along with one speed boat and one traditional Dhow, where in something delicious was being cooked.

Aromas were spread all along the beach.

We saw some tourists under tents. They were supposed to be protecting themselves from the sun.
It felt a bit funny to us since we were rather cold in the day’s cloudiness. 

 


 

Trying to leave the protected little bay, we lifted up the boat engine and then by pulling and pushing we managed to pass the boat from the shallow waters.
That was a procedure familiar to us, since we had experienced it in Turkey, when we had crossed to Marmara from Kis kis. 
We sailed again in the opened sea. We asked our captain to take us to one of the sandy “tongues” we could see, when we were approaching the island. And so he did.

We walked on the sandy beach and enjoyed the feeling of becoming one with the sky and the sea…

 


 

Later on, we stopped at another beach of the island, where we were going to visit the National Park of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We saw the keeper of the park too, while we were approaching.

We walked on the beach, we played like kids, we took photos of the area and of our captain’s young son and just before we left, we saw a local man who had opened holes in the sand, since he was looking for warms to use as baits. 



We returned to our hotel, since the waters were now high enough and the boat could reach the beach.
When we arrived, we saw locals to pull out their fishing nets.
We approached and saw that the catch was really good.
To our pleasure, we saw happy little kids playing with tiny swordfish, still alive, and trying to catch other little fish which had escaped the fishing nets. 

 


 

Tropical storm !!!

On our way back we stopped by the hotel’s bar for some leisure time, along with other guests. 

We discovered that the restaurant of the hotel was also very popular.

We saw the waters getting higher, while enjoying our M2 beers, and felt the weather changing.
The sunny day with the very few clouds was transformed to a dark one with a tropical storm, wild wind and lots of raining.
This abrupt change of the weather obliged us all to move to the inner part of the restaurant, so as to protect ourselves.  

 

 

But how one can protect oneself, when the water was entering the place from everywhere?
The curtains which were supposed to offer protection were wide open and were dancing in the rhythm of the heavy storm, allowing the rain to pass through them.  

It was long before the storm stopped. But, on the other hand, we enjoyed it.
We tried pasta with seafood and prawns cooked in a special local way, while listening to the sounds of the rain and watching the impressive lightings in the dark sky. 

Realizing that the weather had changed to the worse, we decided to leave next day and continue our journey to Maputo.

We went to bed, woke up very early in the morning and then started our long trip (10 hours) to the capital of Mozambique. 

 

Country: Mozambique
Date: 2017
Route: Mozambique
Cities: Mutare, Vilankulo, Maputo , Maputo, Pemba, Ibo Island, Pemba, Mozambique Island, Maputo
Duration: 8
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Population: 28.830.000
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Country: Mozambique
Date: 2017
Route: Mozambique
Cities: Mutare, Vilankulo, Maputo , Maputo, Pemba, Ibo Island, Pemba, Mozambique Island, Maputo
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Population: 28.830.000
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Country: Mozambique
Date: 2017
Route: Mozambique
Cities: Mutare, Vilankulo, Maputo , Maputo, Pemba, Ibo Island, Pemba, Mozambique Island, Maputo
Duration: 8 days
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Population: 28.830.000
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