So Luke and I tried booking our flights with Emirates however the flights we needed to catch were all over booked. We made alternative arrangements and ended up flying with Rwandair (Dubai – Kigali – Dar Es salaam). I was really impressed by the standard of service. It’s always interesting flying with a different airline to see how they do things.
Once landing in Dar Es salaam we caught a taxi to our hotel in the CBD which was close to the Azam Marine port. That night we ordered room service had a few drinks and rested well. After breakfast we made our way down to the Azam Marine port where we then caught a ferry across to Zanzibar. We paid 35 US dollars per single ticket. We were picked up at the Zanzibar port by our hotels driver. This made the whole experience a lot less stressful.
We booked our whole stay at Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel. Both Luke and I had been told that the north side of the island was the best for holidays. Kendwa Rocks is rather popular for holding a full moon party each month. The day we arrived was the morning after so most of the party goers had left.
During our stay we did many different activities here are a few:
- Sun tanning in the resort
- Rented bikes and cycled to Nungwi
- We visited the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation pond
- We also visited the Zanzibar Caves. Directly off the main road just after leaving Nungwi.
- Couples massage on the beach
- Snorkeling safari (Dhow ride to two locations for snorkeling, braai on the beach with snacks and refreshments onboard)
- We got the half board so every morning we went from breakfast and then snacked throughout the day until dinner.
- Luke also manage to get a tattoo on the last day from a professional Italian tattoo artist who has a hut on the beach.
Below is a short video clip I made of our activists we did in Zanzibar. Please enjoy 🙂 ✈️🌍🇹🇿⚓️🌺🌴🍸🐠
Dar es salaam
A snap from our snorkel safari
A few sun downers
Feeding the turtles
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I was really lucky in the month of April as I got TWO Mauritius flights in my roster. So this post will be a combination of my two trips.
We arrived at the beautiful resort just before sun set. So as we walked through the lobby to check in we watched the sun slowly set over the lagoon and swimming pool. I was flabbergasted that it was my job to relax and enjoy an amazing resort in Mauritius for the next day and half!
While on board we all had made arrangements to meet for dinner. As we had spoken to crew who had done the flight before and most of them had only good things to say about the Buffet Dinner! And they were right!! It was amazing, they had such a large selection of food from Veal, calamari, salads, mussels and many more appetizing dishes! I think I have mastered the art of buffet eating. The trick is to have a small portion of everything then after that you can go back for seconds of the foods you enjoyed most! After dinner it was time for a well deserved rest.
The great thing about the resort is that all the water sports are included in the stay. That day I attempted watering skiing along side the boat in the lagoon. Everything was going well until we made a huge U turn and I ended up falling on my own wakes! The next activity was one of my favorites – Stand up Paddle boarding. The guy giving us all the equipment warned us that we must be careful as jelly fish had been spotted coming into the lagoon. We hopped on the boards and started paddling. I was about 200m out when I looked down and noticed that there were huge coral beds less than half a meter down. It was really crazy to see all the different colors and if I looked carefully I could see small fish darting in and around the coral. Next up was kayaking, a few of us decided to all go paddling together. After a good paddle around the lagoon and a few selfies we raced each other back to the beach.
After a very eventful morning it was then time for lunch. Lunch was divine as to be expected. I had seared tuna, salads and the most delicious desserts. It was then time to chill around the pool and catch some sun. I was really impressed with the weather as it was autumn and still really sunny. In our briefing before the trip the captain warned us to put loads of sunscreen on. Occasionally crew from other countries under estimate the strength of the sun down south. On the trip back to Dubai unfortunately there was one crew burnt so badly she looked like a cooked crayfish (lobster).
My next trip I woke up early morning to book the snorkeling with the resort! It so happens that most of the crew ended up booking the same trip. We all got kitted up with snorkels, flippers and hopped in the water. Please take note NO WET SUIT as the water was so incredibly warm. That was a real shock for me because in Cape Town we have the freezing cold Atlantic Ocean. The most amazing thing was I didn’t have to check around every few seconds for great white sharks!! We have a few too many of them in Cape Town. I took my GoPro along and it was truly remarkable filming as there were fish everywhere! I must admit usually I’m quite scared of small fish that come up to me. But the great thing about these fish was as you swim towards them they scatter. Unless you holding a banana then they turn into little piranhas! Have a look at the photo below I was holding the banana under the water and they began to savage it. In a slight panic I threw the banana to the closet person I saw. After about 45 minutes in the water the skipper (captain) gave a call as it was time to leave. Myself and the two other crew were devastated that we had to leave. I could honestly have snorkeled for a good hour longer. Truly one of the most unforgettable experience in all of my travels. I can’t wait to go on holiday with Jeffrey and show him exactly what I was ranting and raving about.
Another activity one can do in Mauritius is book a tour to go and swim with the Dolphins. I have read up on it and you travel by boat to a bay. You then jump off the boat into open water and swim with the wild dolphins. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to arrange the tour but that just means I’m going to have to go to Mauritius again.
If you ever wondering where to go on holiday I would highly recommend Mauritius! It’s a beautiful place with so much to see and the locals are so friendly and inviting.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Feeding the fish the Banana