Beaches and diving

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Oh life's so hard.

We have spent the last few days in and around Vilankulo and the Bazarruto Islands.  Two of those days have been spent diving.  We were keen to get some diving in while in Mozambique and here is one of the good spots to dive.  We were a bit worried as the water temperature was a very cool 24 degrees.  All previous dives had been done in water of 30 degrees, but you will be glad to know we survived the icy waters!  It was indeed great diving.  There are just loads of fish and other sea life to see.  We swam alongside turtles, watching them glide effortlessly through the water.  We also saw some huge honeycomb rays - about twice the size of an average person, with a tail that would make Steve Irwin shudder in his grave!  Emma also had an incident and got stung by a jellyfish - not a pleasant experience (in fact very painful) but quite exciting!  On each dive we went to the Islands for lunch and they were wonderful.

On top of a big sand dune in between dives - wonderful views from the top.
  On the tip of Bazarruto are some huge sand dunes which we walked to the top of.  From the top were fantastic views of the Archipegilo, pristine white sands, clean turquoise seas and virtually no development.  It is indeed a tropical paradise.

Aside from diving we have had some very relaxing days in the village.  Vilankulo has been a destination to visit for some years but fortunately development has been pretty slow.  As a result you can walk around the town and see the local people living in the rural grass houses and the children running around the villages barefoot coming to greet you.  We sat one day in a restaurant overlooking the sea and watched the local fishermen dividing up the daily catch.  Women running with buckets to meet the boats and get the best pick of the fish, and local dhows filling with people to take them to unknown destinations. 

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Oh lifes so hard.
Oh life's so hard.
On top of a big sand dune in betwe…
On top of a big sand dune in betw…
The view from the top
The view from the top
A dhow at sunset
A dhow at sunset
Emma in reflective mood
Emma in reflective mood
Our chalet at the Zombie Cucumber
Our chalet at the Zombie Cucumber
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