Nungwi and the full moon party

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Took the 8am bus to Nungwi, a beach resort right on the northern tip of Zanzibar and booked into the Jambo Bothers Resort. Man this place is gorgeous. White sand, turquoise sea and small dhows both in and out of the water. Nungwi is known for is boat building.

After checking in I headed up north hoping to reach the most northerly point. I though it would take about 15 minutes after an hour with no end in sight I gave up. I found out later that it was 15 minutes and I had passed the northern point and had been heading down the east coast. No wonder it was far! On the way back it started to thunderand some grey clouds came over from the east. The first I knew about the rain was when I heard a real racket where the rain had started hitting the coconut palms, then a few second later the same rain started hitting me. It really came down and plenty more thunder and lightning to go with it. After the rain I went into town where the whole place was flooded with water up to a foot deep.

Spent the afternoon chatting with a whole bunch of people in the resort. Later I went for beers with Annie and Jason, 2 Peace Corp volunteers who spent 2 and 3 years repectively on Vanuatu. Seafood pizza that evening, it was lovely.

Went to watch the fisherman prepare their boats early morning followed by a trip to a nice aquarium, which was a tropical lagoon that was used for rescuing injured turtles. I had the biggest jumbo shrimp ever for lunch grilled on the BBQ with what was a garlic and onion stuffing. Very tasty indeed, although half the fly population of Nungwi seemed intent on making my table their own for the next 30 minutes which did rather spoil the experience! Sand, sea and sun for the rest of the afternoon. Octopus, squid and kingfish with Jason and Annie after a nice sunset.

Next day and it was our snorkeling trip. Annie and I along with a boat of about 10 others that included Wikas and Annette who I'd met on the spice tour trip. The 90 minute trip went around the northern point of the island to the eastern side and a picturesque little atoll. A very nice snorkel apart from a leaky mask that was a bit of a pain and caused me to have all the accumulated water running out of my nose at inopportune moments of the rest of the day! BBQ fish on one of the white sand beaches before returning to Nungwi that afternoon.

This was the night of the full moon party. Annie insisted we didn't eat before we left as there was a danger we would all get sleepy and go to bed. After 3 large beers and at 9:30pm we were pretty buzzed as we took the boat that came to pick the 30 of us up and take us the 2 miles south to Kendra Rocks. Unfortunately all the food places had closed by the time we arrived and I had to make do with a packet of Custard Creams. Plenty of dancing going on that night, this didn't appeal too much to a 2 left footed person such as myself. I met my buddies from the BBQ fish stall in Stone Town and sat on the beach with them as they enjoyed a couple of joints and I had a couple of cold ones.

I also got to meet a whole bunch of Norwegians including the girl who lived next door to me in the resort. I had only spotted her once up until now as she was out to the crack of dawn every night and slept most of the day. All in all a pretty chilled evening and not what I had really expected.

It was after 3am by the time we took the boat home and went to bed. Way too late for an old man such as myself.
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Where I stayed
Jambo Bothers Resort
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