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Published: July 30th 2014
10, 12-14 July: Zanzibar diving and Kendwa Beach
Michael, Linus, Hiko, Samantha and I were going diving. The dive centre made an Absolute Africa boat for us all to go together as the others were going to snorkel and we had two doing a discovery dive at mnemba atoll island area. After a two hour boat ride we arrive in the area. Near the island we got to see a pod of dolphins which was really neat and fun to hear them as we went diving as well. The first dive had many fish as we were divi along the reef wall. However, there was a current so we had to move dive sites for the second one to a calmer area especially for the discovery divers. The second dive was alright but nothing too exciting.
After the diving, Samantha and I showered and then ended up joining Mark and Julie for dinner. We wanted to walk along the beach and try a different place to eat then the toe restaurants by our hotel. Along the way, we stopped at one of the hotels. They had security on the beCh and told us we would have
to go to reception. However, that would require us to walk all the way around to the main road and hen figure out which hotel it was along he way. Another security guard came to assist us from the hotel who was white and vipers helpful. He told us, after ago ten minuets, that a colleague was going to come get us from the beach and escort us to the front for inspection. He then left to seat two people at the table at the beach and a local security guard came up and told us no we couldn't go. So we started to walk off. Mark went and complained in for to Rotherham guest to the guy who said we could go up as we continued to walk down. We found a little bar next door and walked up to ask about their menu. Should have been a sign that they took five minuets to find their menus but we sat down anyways and ordered food. Took a little whirl as they seems to be out of a lot of food. I ended up with calamari masala, Julie and Mark with chicken masala and Samantha with tuna. It took
an hour and a half for them to come out with our food. We kept looking into the kitchen and joking that the one guy on the phone was probably calling the main cook to ask how to cook everything and the other guy just looked useless hahahaha. We finally got our meals and were so hungry that they disappeared quickly as it 9:30 at night by then. Nothing special to the food. Once we finished and paid, it was time for bed.
In the morning, Samantha and I got up to say good by to everyone form our group Exocet Michael and Linus who were staying one extra day with us. It was said hugging and saying goodbye to everyone. Once they were gone, we had breakfast with Michael and Linus. We the. Walked along the beach to look at the different markets and figure out food for our evening meal, dinner date before the two guys also left us. After our walk, we went for lunch where we convinced Michael to join us for the two dives while Linus packed. We enjoyed two dives at local sites. Other second dive was nicer then the
After our afternoon diving, we again went for a shower before heading to dinner. We had chosen the only restaurant along the beach that had free wifi...just for the wifi. We ordered the seafood plater between three of us as a starter and Linus the salad. The seafood plater was small and we had pretty much just small bites each of the lobster, prawn, calamari, and a few other times that were catch of the day. My main meal was calamari curry with rice which wasn't too bad. I split it with Samantha who got the seafood curry and rice. Once we had enjoyed enough wifi and food, we walked back for bed.
In the morning we had to say goodby to Michael and Linus which was very sad. Then we went to enjoy the each but was hard as it was cloudy most of the day. But we relaxed and enjoy our books. After our dinner, we went for a night dive, Samantha's first. Once we reached the dive site, we waited for sunset and then since it was Ramadan there, we waited for our dive instructor to eat a sandwich. The dive
turned out to be quite nice with a moray eel, fire fish that look like soft corals, blue spotted ray, star fish and lots of fish you don't really see during the day.
Out last full day on Zanzibar. We set up two morning dives so as to dive 24 hours before our flight. We prepared our dive stuff in the morning and were ready to go by 9. However, a family of Chinese wanted to come snorkeling with us and held us up. We were about to leave them when they came back right as we were all on the boat preparing to leave. About seven of them came and joined us on the boat. There was four divers, Samantha and I and two others from the US. We went out just to the island across the way from e beach area for the dives. Patter we went down, the snorkelers went out. We had a nice first dive with many fish. When we came back up onto the boat, they were then collecting the snorkelers who had spread out over the area. Took some time as the older man didn't want to come in
and just kept saying he was okay. Finally he understood and joined the boat so we could drive to the next site. The next site was nicer then the first but we did have a remora fish that kept chasing us all. At one point it rested on one of the guys arm without him realizing. After the two dives, we headed back to shore where Samantha and I enjoyed the cloudy beach once again. After a simple dinner, we headed back to the room to pack and relax for the night.
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