Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dhow(n) on the beach...I visit the Sandbar in Zanzibar.


To quote the inimitable British comedian Spike Milligan;
"I must go Dhow(n) to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and sky.
I left my shoes and socks there...
I wonder if they are dry"?
Our contingent of merry media mates heads off for a day of decadence.
Snorkeling and dolphin watching.
And eating...never forget the eating!


We wait at the "almost" water's edge while the crew stock their boats.


Low tide in Zanzibar is VERY special.
The sea tends to vanish...and will recede for up to a km offshore


These mangrove plants are usually underwater
and are only visible at low tide


Our chariot awaits...
Time to head out for some "fun-in-the-sun"


This was to be our "home" for the day


The fleet sets sail.
The were 4 or 5 Dhows in the group that would be with us


Without the sail unfurled,
the boat does not look special


We found two small pods of dolphin
The first were Humpbacks.
The second group(seen here) were the Bottlenose variety
and they were prepared to interact with our boats.
Swimming with these mammals is not allowed.


The Dhow that we were on was hand made.
This section of rope features in several of my images.


This sandbank was visited during the morning...
Why?
Because, at high tide it vanishes beneath the waves


Kwandhare, making new friends.
This is Erika from Dubai.
She was on board with her Husband and a couple of friends.


Fresh coconut was just one of the "on-board" snacks on offer.


One of the four Captains on board making certain that
all those who had not snorkeled before were safe


With the sail up,
this Dhow cruised past us.


The juxtaposition of the modern and the traditional.


Not all the craft on the water were there for pleasure.
These two were fishing.


As were these birds!

After a day of snorkeling and swimming with dolphins,
what better way than to end off with a seafood meal.
Prawns and King Fish done over open coals.
DELICIOUS!


To find out more about The Safari Blue company
and what they offer:
www.safariblue.net


Watched over by the New Moon
Jupiter and Venus, I head for bed.
More exciting experiences lie ahead tomorrow.

During my stay, I was hosted by
http://zanzibar.park.hyatt.com/


During my stay, the excursions were co-ordinated by
http://www.xperiencetourstravel.com/

I flew to and from Zanzibar with this carrier.

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...



         

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