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The Drive Home

6 May 2010

sunny 80 °F

Our sixth dive had to be this morning because of the no diving for less than 2 people rule. We went to dive Texas today but I didn’t have the camera. We saw about the same things we have been seeing which is still spectacular.
the road home

the road home


Our drive home was a little shorter and not quite as bumpy this time. This is the road we were driving on.
living area in moz

living area in moz


I got a few shots of the shacks that people live in.
another living area

another living area


It is amazing how they get along with so little.
mozambique market

mozambique market


Along the way we pass an area where people have tons of things for sale and I got a shot of these ladies carrying their stuff on top of their heads.

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Last day of beautiful diving

5 May 2010

sunny 85 °F

Doodles was our dive location for today and we only had one dive. We cannot dive without atleast 4 people so we are at the mercy of the group of 7 for the dive times. The dive was another amazing one and I got a few photos that are worthwhile.
honeycomb eel

honeycomb eel


For some reason Curt loves to taunt the eels to see if he can get them to come out and bite him.
nudibranch

nudibranch


These little tiny nudibranchs are like sea slugs but are very colorful.
blue spotted ray

blue spotted ray


I love the blue spotted rays that would just sit there so well for the photo!
angelfish

angelfish


I tried everything to get a good photo of these fish but they would either move too quickly or move so they were just a skinny line in the photo.
parrotfish ?

parrotfish ?


This fish cooperated for the photo pretty nicely.
octopus

octopus


there is an octopus under this rock if you look closely.
So randomly the only restaurant in the park closed on Wednesday. When we mentioned this to some of the dive instructors they told us to go to a local place right outside the park. One of them gave us a ride and soon we were sipping our Spin at a wooden table at a tiny little local place watching the sun set over the water! It was one of those great travel moments. We had rice, prawns, chicken and chips (French fries) that were all delicious. It turned out to be a wonderful thing that the restaurant was closed!

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Diving in Mozambique

4 May 2010

sunny 85 °F

Malongane 4 May 2010 004

Malongane 4 May 2010 004


The first dive today was at 0630 so it we witnessed a beautiful sunrise just before launching. Our first site was
starfish

starfish


Three Sisters where I got a photo of this starfish. I rented the camera from the dive camp so didn’t get too many acceptable photos.
salt and pepper eel

salt and pepper eel


The eel was posing for a photo though.
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Malongane 4 May 2010 014


Breakfast was bread that the Mozambiquans make and sell warm from the tiny shop here – and mom – its not really a shop – it was soda and toothbrushes!
reef

reef


The second dive ay 0900 was at a new reef and then we drifted to the anchor. It was my favorite so far.
turtle

turtle


We spotted two sea turtles, 2 eels, an octopus and false stone fish.
clown fish in anemone

clown fish in anemone


The diving was gorgeous and we ran out of air far too quickly.
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DSC01536


The dives were over early so we had plenty of time to relax on the beach and read.
mozambique crab

mozambique crab


Towards late afternoon the crabs come out on the beach and I had a good time photographing them.
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DSC01535


I had to take a photo of this flower that was in the park.

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Lionfish Alley

3 My 2010

sunny 85 °F

Today is our first dive at the Parque de Malongone and it is by far the best we have experienced. Our first site was Lion Fish Alley and my favorite. Those fish were gorgeous and just seem to float along. We also saw blue spotted rays and beautifully colored coral.
On our way back on the boat they spotted a whale shark so we got to get in the water and snorkel with it for a few seconds before it swam away.
Our second dive was to The Ridge. Here we saw the sea turtle that I so love and an octopus. I’m sure we saw lots more things that I don’t know the name of. We are both impressed with the dive camp here at the park. They are organized and the equipment is nice. The diving conditions are pretty perfect with 30 meters of visibility and 26 degrees Celsius for the water temperature.
Lunch and dinner here is pretty much at the only restaurant that they have but it is good with pizzas and prawns! I had Crazy Prawns which were 10 shrimp, unfortunately with their heads still attached. It as a lot of work to decapitate each one and then I didn’t feel so much like eating the poor thing.

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Driving to Mozambique

2 May 2010

sunny 85 °F

Puorto de Oro

Puorto de Oro


Driving to Mozambique is nothing I would ever suggest doing on your own. We had a company hired to do the transfer and they earned every penny. We were across the border into Mozambique within an hour. For 6 hours we had our insides rattled around in this big van. The roads were horrible and you could not pass on them without 4 wheel drive. We passed tons of shacks made from either corrugated metal or lata wood. These people have no real source of income for the most part other than selling bags of charcoal. They live without electricity or running water. Sunday is wash day so we passed many of them doing their laundry in the river.
We finally arrived with headaches and nausea from the bumping around at 1330.
the beach

the beach


We are staying in the Parque de Malongane to go diving. The log cabin we will stay in for the next four nights is pretty basic.
shadows on the beach

shadows on the beach


There is a bar with a restaurant so after a walk on the beach we had a pizza. The beach was beautiful and the clouds were reflecting off the water.
jellyfish

jellyfish


Along the walk we saw a few of these jelly fish – I hope I don’t see any tomorrow.

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