Surprise of a lifetime

Ramena Travel Blog

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It was an unresty night. It was warm and the clamboo hung in the way. On top of that, forgotten to set the wake-up call. We were to late. With a little bit of speed, we went downstairs. We had a fast breakfast and the hotelowner brought us to the cab driver. First the guy had to get some money from his home. Thus, Sabine and I sitting there in a cab somewhere in Diego Suarez. But, it was never threatening. The money was ment for the gasoil. The tour took us around the French Bay. And we ended in Ramena. Getting out of the car, we were overwhelmed by people, asking in French if we wanted to eat by al kinds of eat houses/restaurants/beachhouses. Wunderfully, a simple non was enough to back the people off. We made a little walk and tried to find the road/path to Baie des dunes.

We did find it, leading us to through a military base. We had to pay a little fee, seeing old buildings on the way to the dunes. We had a tremendous time. Posing in front of a little lighthouse, photographing crabs. We hiked up the hill, seeing lots of birds. Enjoying the beach and went on the other side of the peninsula. We saw black and white tropical birds, the bigger lighthouse. Zebu's on the path and chasing goats. We saw the baie des dunes, but we never reached it. The weather was getting worse and (again) rain. We went back. Making a beach walk. And then.... a splash! Is that a wave? One second later...... w...wh.... whales! Oh my god! Sabine, look over there! 400 metres away from the beach. Humpback whales. In the bay, swimming to the Indian Ocean. Numb... Get some photo's!! Oh yes.. Click, click. Chicken skin. We did not expect that. Normally, we were too late to see them. It was not the time and not the place. But it was true. Like little children we were jumping on our bare feet.

Completely in heaven we had some drinks at the local bar. This day was ours!

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