Planned well before departure the idea was to spend the morning snorkeling at Two Mile Reef near Bazaruto Island. The good ship “Buksie” provided by the local Dive Bazaruto was loaded with people, snorkeling gear and, most important, breakfast and lunch. And off we headed along the coast towards Two Mile Reef via Bazaruto Island.
With a couple of good hotels, Bazaruto Island is quite well known. Our visit, though was more about taking a break on the beach for breakfast and, on our return trip, lunch. Clearly this is a popular spot, judging buy the number of visiting day-tripper boats.
With the tide very low the beach was clearly desert island style – lots of open sand with pools of water in the low lying areas. Even early in the morning shelter was vital as we ate our bacon rolls washed down with cold fruit juice. In short order, leaving a couple of the group to look after the lunch, we headed for the “washing machine” and Two Mile Reef.
Two Mile Reef
We had heard many stories about the “washing machine” a rogh rip tide off Bazaruto island. With a boat captain who clearly knew his way around, and low tide to reduce the rough water, it was an “interesting” experience for the non-boating member of the group. Great fun, and we were soon at Two Mile Reef.
It’s difficult to describe Two Mile Reef. On the surface there’s a bit of rock apparent, and a few drifting boats. Before entering the water we were warned that it is a conservation area, and nothing can be touched. Even to the point of putting feet down. Float, or get in the boat. That, by the way, is why the boats drift – no anchors allowed.
Under the water is another story, however. Patches of clear sand broken by chunks of varied corals in all sorts of colours. In amongst the corals are various fish of many colours. A truly enjoyable experience, with everyone in our group staying in the water until they were exhausted.
Home via Pansy Island
And so back to Bazaruto island and lunch on the sand. In the wet sand of the shallows a large crab was not impressed by our presence, making for some good photos.
Heading back, we detoured via the sand of Pansy Island, to collect pansies or sand dollars. These are the interestingly patterned skeletons of a type of sea urchin, which make great artistic decorations. With a warning from the boat crew to collect no more than 10 pansies each we were able to walk on the sand and choose from the many simply lying there. Great souvenirs of our visit.
For a visit to this part of the world a trip across to the islands for a bit of snorkeling and some time on a deserted beach is definitely a must. A good memory from this holiday.