Ferry trip to Zanzibar

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
Trip End Nov 04, 2007

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Friday, July 28, 2006

There are two main islands and several smaller islands. The main island of Zanzibar is about 40 km of the coast of Tanzania. The island is about 85km long and between 20 and 30 km wide and covers an area of 1500 sq km. The island is surrounded by coasts of rocky inlets or sandy beaches with lagoons and mangrove swamps and coral reefs. Humidity is generally quite high although relieved by sea breezes and the temperatures are generally consistent through the year. The main crops grown are coconuts and cloves. Bananas, citrus fruit and other spices are also grown commercially. The first European arrivals were Portuguese navigators looking for a trade route to India. They reached Zanzibar at the end of the 15th century and established a trading station. At the end of the 17th century they were ousted by the Omani Arabs. During this period Zanzibar became a major slave trading centre. In 1840 the Omani Sultan Said Moved his court from Muscat to Zanzibar and the Island became a Arab state and an important centre of trade and politics in the region. Zanzibar the name comes from the Persians. It is the land of spices. You can walk in the Market and come across thousands and thousands of different types and spices. The odour in the market is unbelievable and makes you feel very hungry.

We stayed in stone town for one night and went to the beach and stayed there at Saphina for 2 nights. We had a tour around the city as well as a spice tour which was quite spectacular as we managed to spend some time with the locals and try the most amazing fruits and spices! :) I also managed to go to the beach and do two dives. I went along with Kasey and Mat from Australia and Ellaina from Canada. It was a great day, except me getting sea sick and pewking! I was very disappointed with the dive master. It was about 10 of us that went down and we were in groups of two. My buddy was out of air before I was and she was sent up on her own, and I went along with her as I was always told to stay with your buddy. The dive master never came with us! We were on the surface for 20 minutes until we were picked up, and it was not a smooth ride! :( But I guess each country is very different from one another. I am deffinately glad I did the dives, as it was beautiful, but for what we paid, I deffinately expected more guidance and much much more lunch! :) Then again I was constantly feeding the fish! ;)
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