A group of 37 adults and three children (under 12) made our way from Gauteng to Ponta Malongane on the 23rd September and by 4pm everybody was settled in and ready to relax for the next few days. There were 18 divers in the group and between them they completed a total of 85 dives on eight different reefs. The visibility was only 15m but there was plenty to see.
On our way to Texas Reef we were very fortunate to run into two whale sharks and the skipper “Bob” was kind enough to let us snorkel with them. This is a once in a lifetime experience and we were the talk of the camp.
Not to be outdone by the divers, the non-divers booked a dolphin scenic tour the next morning and were lucky enough to snorkel with a pod of about 100 dolphins, and to make things even better, also had the opportunity to snorkel with not two, but three whale sharks.
Besides the diving we also had a very successful ‘cultural trip’ to Ponta do Ouro where we ate local seafood dishes and drank local refreshments. The Caipirinha and R&R’s (local rum and raspberry) became the drink of choice. On our way back we stopped at the shebeen drive and had a drink with the locals at Alfred’s ‘Scuba Shack’.
The rest of the week was taken up by relaxing on the beach (when the sun shone) or by doing a bit of exploring on the 4×4 track outside the camp. A small group even ventured up into the Maputo Elephant Reserve and explored a few of the more remote campsites north of Ponta Malongane.
The week passed by and on the 30th it was time to pack up camp and head back home. The trip was very enjoyable and fun was had by all.
Yours in the bubbles,