Trying to decide where to go and what to do in Mozambique can be quite a battle. We ended up choosing to go to Praia do Tofo; This was mainly because we knew that we wanted to see whale sharks, dive and be on a beach!
Things did NOT start off so well….When we arrived at the airport I was the only one with luggage! Brandon and our friends Josh and Stefani had lost luggage, not good since we were only there for a few days, and they said lost luggage is usually found within a week…uh oh! On top of that we were going diving in the morning and both the guys were wearing jeans! For Stefani it wasn’t too bad because of course I had clothes and swimwear that she could borrow, the guys on the other hand wouldn’t look very cute in my bikinis! We went around the village searching for shorts, this is not the place for clothes shopping, but we did find some….obviously that other tourists had left behind because they were tattered and covered in holes from what looked like a bonfire.
We stayed at Baia Sonambula Guest House, and I am so glad that we did, the owners were fantastic and it is such a peaceful place to be! When we arrived at the airport they had a driver waiting for us, we were in the process of stressing over the lost luggage and he said he was going to bring us to the guest house so that we could begin enjoying our vacation and he was going to come back to the airport to make sure we had our luggage as quickly as possible, he was awesome! He gave us little tips about Tofo Beach and even stopped so we could get local currency from an ATM, and he really worked some magic because we had our luggage sitting outside our rooms the next day. We reserved the beautiful ocean view bungalows, they are spacious, clean, comfortable and romantic. They had a very simple breakfast on the top deck that included a variety of breads, local jams and fresh juice.
ENJOY THE WATER!
When you see the water you will want to be in it, and this was why we were here! Since it is not a huge tourist destination you don’t have many options, but we chose Diversity Scuba for all of our ocean adventures. We scheduled 2 days with them. Our first day was supposed to be a morning dive and an afternoon dive. The water was pretty choppy and the current was super strong under the water so the whole time even though we were loving it we were working so hard not to bang into the beautiful coral that it was difficult to enjoy like we wanted to. We ended up skipping the afternoon dive.
The next day we went on our ocean safari….mission….whale sharks! HOLY SMOKES!! I can’t even put into words how amazing this was, it was truly one of the most memorable experiences of my life! On our way out to the snorkel area we are in the boat literally jumping waves and it began to rain….hard! By the time we got out there we all had our goggles on because of the rain pelting us, but we made it and the rain decided to stop. After a few moments of silence and the captain looking he yelled “whale shark!” and in we went to not miss what could have been the only spotting of the day. From that moment on we were surrounded by at least 10 whale sharks and a handful of enormous manta rays. Every way you turned you would be swimming beside a whale shark as big as a bus or have a manta ray gliding through the ocean right below or next to you. Breathtaking!!! Absolutely breathtaking! I have looked at tons of pictures and videos and nothing could have prepared me for this….speaking of pictures I didn’t get very many good ones, I wanted to enjoy the moment and not concentrate on looking through my camera! We were so intrigued we stayed in that water not wanting to get out until the point of exhaustion, we could barely pull ourselves into the boat because we were SO tired!!
MEET THE LOCALS~
The locals of Mozambique are extremely nice people! Of course as with any beach community you have people coming up asking you to buy trinkets or their catch of the day, but they weren’t pushy, if you said no most of them left you alone. Not only did we feel safe everywhere that we went we met some amazing people, especially the children!! One child that I was taking pictures of on the beach had never seen a digital camera or photo of himself so when I took the pictures and was showing them to him he was absolutely amazed, it was pretty awesome! He didn’t speak much English, but he hung out all day, we watched him make bracelets, Brandon made a big sand castle lizard with him and he ran around us playing; he said he didn’t go to school most days and didn’t get to play much because he had to try to sell his bracelets, it was heart breaking, and such a special moment to see the smile on his face for getting to play…..for getting to be a kid for a few hours!
ENJOY THE VILLAGE~
Tofo was a special place to me. I liked the sand roads, the wood buildings and thatched roofs, the open air restaurants the sound of the crashing ocean and the feel of the breeze blowing across it. Walk around and soak it all in, go to the local restaurants, find a spot with an ocean view to enjoy a cold drink and walk through the local market!
You are on a vacation in a beautiful location, find some time to do absolutely nothing but relax and enjoy the moment! Sometimes we are so busy while on vacation trying to fit in everything we want to see and do that we forget to take a minute and enjoy and breathe!! We hung out on our deck and on the beach. We laid around on our daybeds and in the hammocks and even had a masseuse come to our bungalows; Every bit of it was fantastic!!