At 8 clock, we have wonderful weather and go to the neighbors of the Baobab Beach Camp, Odyssea Dive, actually a diving school, but it also offers snorkel trips to the Bazarutos. Together with 3 divers and our South African neighbours (yes, there are South Africans who NOT go to fishing to Mozambique), we sit in a speed boat to Bazaruto Island.
We speed up to 49 km/h over the water to Bazaruto in about an hour. 35 Kilometers. Pretty exhausting, such a speed boat. At half past 10, we snorkelers are thrown from the boat at the southern tip of Bazaruto Island.The divers continue to the Two Miles Reef.
We climb the dune, behind which opens to a breathtaking view of Bazaruto Island. Wow, it is hot, quickly into the water and snorkel along the small riff.
Local fishermen row past, an employee of the National Parks wants to know where we come from, we tell him that we are from Germany, but in South Africa live and travel throughout Africa. He really understands not a word and want to know from which camp we are, because of the park entrance permit. Then we make lunch, eat our hamburgers and pasta salad, too fast the time goes by. I take pictures (a Pied Kingfisher, a moray eel, various crabs) and the divers come to pick us up, now that we can head to the reef.
Now, the boat slams into the troughs, then the throttle, then back up, back down.Speed on, speed off. The feet grip into the ground, the stomach makes capers. A quarter of an hour we all look a bit pale, but the local boat operator laugh and sit still loose on the edge of the boat.
Outside the reef the divers jump again off the vessel, we cruise into the Two Miles Reef, an area called the Aquarium, where we can jump into the crystal clear water.40 minutes we have time for a fantastic underwater world. But, no camera.
The Two Miles Reef Islands of Bazaruto is one of the top 10 spots for divers and snorkelers, now we know why. Giant squid come off the ground, hide behind corals, take their hue. 4 and 5 armed starfish of all sizes, tropical fish up to half a meter in all colors, colorful schools of fish. A dream. It feels really like in an aquarium. Too quickly the time has passed.
Now it is still a very small problem to solve, how to get back into the boat? You feel like a sack of rice while crawling into the boat, there is no ladder. We travel to the north point of Benguerra and jump again briefly in the water and spend some time on land. Quickly made a couple of photos and we are already on our way back to Vilankulo.
Km 72 with the speed boat, sunny, 33 °
400 Meticais in Baobab Beach Camp Vilankulo www.baobabbeach.net/
4400 Meticais for the day trip to Bazaruto Islands with Dive Odyssea
Tags: Two Miles Reef, Vilankulo, Odyssea Dive, Iceland Bazaruto, Bazaruto, Benguerra, Margaruque, snorkeling, aquarium, South Africa