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October 15 - October 18,  2004

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Country Facts: Mozambique

Latest Updates:     

11/01/2004

Updated Information

Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today:
0km

Meals

"seafood basket" for lunch, grilled barracuda for dinner

Weather
Tofo, Mozambique

15 October, 2004

Bamboozi Lodge

2350.464S x 3532.249E

Odometer: 39691km

Partly Cloudy, 92(F)
degrees

We went out to Manta Reef with Tofo Scuba this morning. The water had calmed significantly since two days ago, and launching the boat was much less exciting. The dive was absolutely amazing with huge (3-4 meter (10-12 foot) wingspan) manta rays flying gracefully through the water above us, appearing from out of the depths like some kind of spacecraft in a sci-fi movie. We also saw some eels, lion fish, and many other species. On the way back to Tofo, the skipper spotted a whaleshark. The boat stopped and we quickly put on our masks, fins, and snorkel and jumped in. The whaleshark is a harmless plankton feeder, and is the largest fish on earth. The one we saw was about 8 or 10 meters, and we swam along behind it and above it for about 4-5 minutes before it dove. It was an amazing feeling to be in the water with something so large. After the dive we went to Casa Barry for lunch of (you guessed it) seafood. We spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing, and playing a little beach volleyball. In the evening we walked down the beach to Dinos for, yep, more seafood. The light of our torch picked out hundreds of small crabs scurrying along the beach.


Honeycomb moray eel


Soft coral

Updated Information

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Distance  Today:
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Meals

 more great seafood

Weather
Tofo, Mozambique

16 October, 2004

Bamboozi Lodge

 2350.464S x 3532.249E

Odometer: 39691km

Sunny, 98(F) Degrees

We got up early this morning for a dive to the Oasis, a reef about 16km offshore. We had to face our normal morning commute between Bamboozi and Tofo Village. The traffic on the beach was hell, and the walk took us almost 30 minutes! The ride out was worth the trip in itself. We saw the tail of a humpback whale very close to our boat, and a partial breech some distance off. In all we saw about 4 different groups of whales in the thirty minutes it took to reach the dive site. In the water, the giant mantas came closer to us than they had yesterday. We saw lots of eels and a few reef sharks, which are about 1m long and cause all the other fish to scurry away as they swim through. The coral on all of our dives has been spectacular. On the way back we saw flying fish and a pod of dolphins. Were having so much fun diving that we signed up for two more dives tomorrow. Were thinking about leaving here maybe in 2-3 days, but were really not in much of a rush.


Bigeyes and a trumpet fish


Spanish Dancer

Updated Information

Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today:
0km

Meals

Seafood buffet

Weather

Tofo, Mozambique

17 October, 2004

Bamboozi Lodge

 2350.464S x 3532.249E

Odometer: 39691km

Sunny, 98(F)
degrees

We went out for our second dive on Manta Reef this morning. It was even better than our first trip there. Two mantas lined up and hovered over a cleaning station for 3-4 minutes. A cleaning station is a spot on the reef where small fish pick parasites and bits of dead skin off the mantas. There was a moderate current and we struggled to stay in position watching them. The mantas just hung motionless in the water, gently flapping their enormous wings. On the way back to Tofo, we stopped to snorkel with another whale shark. As we slid off the boat into the water, the fish was immediately below us. We followed it around for about 10 minutes, sometimes almost close enough to reach out and touch its enormous tail, before we had to return to the boat. After the dive, we were advised to go to a local restaurant for their weekly buffet lunch. It was expensive by local standards ($10 each) but well worth it. After lunch we walked back to bamboozi where we spent the afternoon swimming in the surf.

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Manta Ray

 

Updated Information

Date Camp Site or Accommodations GPS

Distance  Today:
0km

Meals

 More seafood

Weather
Tofo, Mozambique

18 October, 2004

Bamboozi Lodge

 2350.464S x 3532.249E

Odometer: 39691km

Sunny, 99(F) Degrees

We decided to save some diving for further south, and spent the morning settling our account with diversity scuba. Since we dont have an underwater camera, we bought some digital images from them. Those are the photos shown in these updates, but we did actually see all of the fish shown. We spent the afternoon playing in the sea and relaxing.

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