A Dhow Trip
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Yesterday, we swapped accommodation and settled in at the 'Zombie Cucumber,' certainly the most original name for a hostel we have come across. It's an excellent hostel, built and run by an English couple, and a great place to relax and eat yet more homecooked food.
Today we went on a dhow trip across to the nearest of the Bazaruto Islands, Ilha de Magaruque. The islands are billed as tropical paradise, and we had wanted to treat ourselves to 2 or 3 days in a luxury lodge on one of them, but in February this stretch of coast was hit by Mozambique's worst cyclone and all the accomodation on the islands is still being re-built. So we settled for a day trip. We arrived mid-morning and the weather was a bit dull so we read for a while on the beach, not yet ready to brave the waters. Whilst we were sitting on the beach, our boat crew were cooking up a feast on the BBQ on the dhow. At midday, they brought all the food onto the beach and we enjoyed grilled fish, rice, salad and bread. After lunch the sun came out, so on went flippers and mask/snorkel. The water was freezing - Emma got in quite quickly, but Diane proved to be a bit of a wuss. We snorkelled for the sum total of 5 minutes, and then decided we'd had enough, especially after Emma managed to get herself impaled on a piece of coral, cutting her back and wrist.