Whale Sharks and beach breaks
Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
60Trip End Jan 06, 2011
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After a few nights in Maputo we made our way by chappa to Tofo. The journy was reasonably easy and took about 6 hours. On arrival in Tofo we noticed the soil becoming sandy and the wind was caryinh salt. We we were back by the ocean and keen to relax for a few days.
Tofo is a small beach side town that is known for its diving, surfing and snorkel safaries. We checked in at the cheapest place we could find and dropped our bags in our reed walled thatched roofed hut. It was a very basic hut with a crappy bed, bamboo floor and a mozinet. The lack of creature comforts were irelevent when you consider the location. Our hu twas literally on the edge of the eroding sand dune. Although there were no windows in our hut, from outside you had a fantastic view of the whole beach.
The wind was very strong when we first arived and it carried over to the next day too
On our last day the wind dropped off so we spent a few hours swimming in the tropical clear water and lazed on the beach. We stopped in at one of the dive centres and asked if they had any trips going but they were fully booked. Sarah and Mike came back around midday after an amazing ocean safary where they saw dolphins, manta rays and whale sharks. They showed us some photos and we were very impressed. We decided to stay another night so that we could book a water trip the next day. That afternoon I hired a surfboard and had a great time sufing the Mozambique beachies. It was such a beautiful experience and the whole beach was empty so I had all the waves to myself.
The next morning we got up and had breakfast before making our way down to the dive shop to fill in the paper work and get an overview of the safari
There were stinging jellyfish in the water and a few of us got stung but one girl in particular was stung multiple times and she had big welts on her arms and legs. She got really worked up and began to go ito shock
As the sun was lowering and the incomming tide made the waves better, Mike and I hired surfboards and paddled out into the tropical water for an beautiful furf. Mike was still learning and had had a few lessons in the past but he did really well and stood up a number of times. It was another beautiful afternoon in the water, once again no one else in the water so Mike and I had the beach to ourselves. There was a local kid who was watching me surf the day before and he came to the surf shop to hire the boards with us. Mike was sharing his board with him while I was out the back and then when I came in I gave him my board to use and pushed him onto some waves. He was a natural and was able to stand up on a few waves that he rode to the shore.
The surfed capped off an awesome day and added to our very memorable time in Tofo.