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Published: July 30th 2014
We started our journey early to get from South Africa to Mozambique. We first stopped at a grocery store as there would be no place once we reached in Mozambique. After, it was about five minuets to the border. Our guide took us up to the visa counter where a nice gentleman helped us. We had to fill in paperwork, have a picture taken, finger prints done and money paid. Our guide warned us that I normally takes 2-3 hours. However, today we were supper luck and 16 of the 20 who needed visas, were done in an hour!
Then the truck was off for the long journey to our campsite along the coast. The journey seemed never to end with a only a couple of bathroom stops and a quick lunch break we finally arrived around 7:30PM. Everyone hurried to help bring out the dinner stuff so while we set up camp, our cook could start dinner. During dinner, our guide talked about the optimal activities for the next two days. Samantha and I had already decided on diving as our main purpose for the beginning of the trip was for diving in
Mozambique. Due to the schedule change, we had one stop opportunity for that.
Soon after dinner, Samantha and I went to bed due to our early scuba start the next day.
Samantha and I were up to dive with the two from east Europe. The four of us had a quick breakfast and then walked up to the dive centre. We were introduced to our diving crew, three local brothers. They were great fun to talk to. We got our gear together and then were off onto the boat. Along the way, was really neat to see the humpback whales. Our first dive was at "deep reef south" at 33 meters. The dive was filled with schools of fish and many others. Since it was a deep dive, it was only 32 minuets. One of the other divers ended up running out of air. Once up, we had a slow ride to the second site, "la cousta" at only 12 meters where it ended up just being Samantha and I diving. We went in and started down. The visibility was so bad that I was just trying to keep Samantha In site and her the
dive master as we went down. We reach the bottom without noticing and looked at our dive master. He decided to end the dive due to dangerous conditions. We headed back to shore. Once our gear was cleaned up and log books filled in, we headed back to camp for lunch. Our chief was amazing and cooked us fries and made a salad for lunch.
Free lunch, Samantha and I were going to head to the beach but when we reached, the wind was strong so we decided to was back to camp. Along the way, we ran into our dive instructors and ended up having a nice chat with them for a while. Was interesting to hear about the local community and such. How they are expected by their families to build a house and get a car before marrying.
We relaxed at camp before we had an amazing dinner of tuna fish, freshly caught that day.
Our second day of diving and we were hoping that the visibility would be better. Today was just Samantha and I diving with Debra an her two daughters, Sarah and Louis joining for the boat ride
to see the whales. Due to the visibility from the last day, they had told us we could do two deep dives which seems to be the better visibility areas. Our first dive was really good with a manta ray that swam right under us as we were starting to go up. The second dive was also very enjoyable but I was almost out of air at the end of the dive and had to share with the dive master for the last minuet of our safety stop. When we came ashore, the few people who did the course and pool introduction to scuba in the morning, switched us on the boat for their first dive. They told us afterwards that the visibility was very poor but the two dive masters held their hands and guided them through. After everyone returned we enjoyed lunch before Samantha and I went and enjoyed a couple hours at the beach. From the beach, we still met up with our dive mater to get our log books filled in and enjoyed another conversation with them for a while.
That evening we enjoyed a nice fresh catch of the day again with some of
the fish that went fishing during the day. Was really good tuna, crawfish, and fish which the South Africans that took the group fishing helped prepare.
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