- 13. mars 2013
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Gjesteinnlegg; Dana’s Paradise
I met this wonderful woman Dana, when I visited Tofo, in Mozambique. She worked as a Divemaster, and we were buddy’s on many dives! Perfect divebuddy, with the exact same air consumption as me! Dana has been in Tofo for a long time, and have written a little travel blog from her point of view.
To visit Danas own blog, click here!
Everyone has there idea of paradise, insert the name of your idea of paradise here_____________. If you were to ask me I wouldn’t hesitate in naming Tofo a small fishing/ scuba diving village community by the Indian Ocean. Mozambique is a beautiful county located on the south eastern side of Africa which is bordered by 5 other countries. Tofo is located in the province of Inhambane, the small town of Inhambane is about 22km from Tofo. I challenge anyone to get lost in Tofo, this is because its such a small place which is still relatively untouched by the outside world.
(All pictures below are taken by Dana Lucas)
In the market you get the freshest fish (just out of the sea) fruit and veg of all descriptions from people who smile all the time, you soon learn to haggle and barter which is all part of the fun. From the market you can see and hear the Sea rolling in and out of the golden beach that apart from public holidays is never overly busy. You won’t go hungry in Tofo, along the main streets are small cafes and restaurants offering all types of food none of which is expensive. One of the most popular places with visitors and expats meet to eat is Brancos the pizzeria. If you like a drink then again the market is were you will find stalls open from morning to evening selling everything that you might want. This is also the place that you will find air time for your mobile, internet credit, clothes and pretty much anything you can think of. If you enjoy partying at night then there are a couple of clubs that are popular which have DJ’s, live music regularly and even screen recent films.
There is accommodation of all types for all prices, from backpacking, to smart hotels overlooking the beach. House sharing and looking after people’s houses is also something that people choose to do. You won’t have problems finding a roof over your head.
Most visitors come to Tofo to scuba dive, there are 4 dive shops, Liquid Dive Adventures, Diversity Tofo Scuba and Peri Peri. All offer diving trip to experience divers of all levels. Never dived then you can learn in a few days, the combination of pool work and shallow open water diving will want to make you learn more and go deeper. All the dive companies can take you out on a Ocean safari, a snorkelling trip looking for dolphins, whalesharks (the worlds biggest fish) mantas and turtles. Getting in to the warm Indian Ocean and seeing nature up close and personal is not to be missed. Experiencing Tofo’s marine life will change your life, it really will make you think about how humans have and are effecting the underwater world that we rely on to exist. Because there is so little light pollution you can look up and see the milky way and more stars than you would normally see. I found I would just stand in the dark listening to coconut trees moving gently in the breeze while looking up at the stars wondering if anyone or thing was doing the same up there.
I love this small community by the sea and miss to so much, I can’t wait for my next visit in a few months time.