Truck Day 15 – Bazaruto Archipelago

Breakfast at 7am and we leave camp at 8am We wade out in shallow water to board a traditional dhow and set sail to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago that are situated 10 to 15 km offshore. They are Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. We’re headed for Magaruque, the third largest island in the achipelago. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to snorkel a small base reef on the lee side of the island before taking a walk on the island, eating lunch and enjoying repeated amounts of swimming in the beautiful Indian Ocean.

As we sail across from our campsite our crew make us tea or coffee using water heated in a rudimentary but extremely effective fire pit at the back of the dhow. The journey takes around 1.5 hours.

The reef is very healthy with an abundance of indo-pacific fish. We see our first ever octopus who shyly secrets itself within the crevice of a rock. It’s great to put our heads in the water again. We swim, we walk, eat a delicious lunch, swim some more and walk some more. It’s an absolute paradise.

We leave around 2.30pm as the tide rises rapidly. On the way home we share a huge bowl of hot salty popcorn as we sail serenely on the Indian Ocean heading back to our cliff top campsite. We’ll sleep well tonight in our hot and humid tent it’s been a great chilled day.

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