With the bulldog tucked in at Russells Camp under the watchful eye of Paul we set sail for three nights at Situ Island.
The trip on the sea took approx 1 hr and 20 mins and we arrived after a magnificent sunset around 6pm. After settling into our allotted chalets we met in the lodge and enjoyed a great supper made by our hosts John & Donne Birch. This was a treat after having to make our own food and eating at lousy restaurants on the way up. Yes we were now living a life of luxury with fully serviced rooms and three meals a day!
It was dark and everyone went to bed eagerly awaiting daylight to be able to view the island properly.
Morning arrived and it wasn’t long before the shear beauty of the resort and its facilities became known to all.
After breakfast the catamaran was loaded with fishing and diving equipment and we set sail for a cruise amongst the quirimbas islands. After passing camel rock with its double “hole in the wall” we trolled up to quisiva island but with no fish landed. Mike and Mark had a scuba dive at a site called ariels garden. Amazing that Mike at the age of 74 enjoyed every minute of the adventure at a depth of around 12 meters. Whilst we were diving the others snorkeled around the boat and did some “popping”..but still no fish to be had.
After this we cruised into the lagoon behind Quisiva Island and enjoyed the chrystal blue waters and the idyllic setting….something like Brookes Shields would have enjoyed!
The evening turned into a contest of who could manage to recite the entire cardinal puff episode without making a mistake. After a thousand attempts and many many many many forfeits we all threw in the towel and headed for bed. Only to repeat the rhyme over and over in our sleep. It seems to remain an unatainable goal for one of us to eventually be ordained as a cardinal.
The weather played its part and the sea was as flat as a pancake. Imagine waking up with the blue water lapping at the front door of your chalet. This island is truly something special.
Day two turned out to be a day of activity at the island:
A walk to the giant baobab tree : 22 metres girth around its base
Snorkelling on the reefs in front of the camp.
Scuba diving at the reef further out from the camp.
Swimming and lying in the warm water on the white beach in front of camp.
Referring to the fish book to try and identify the sea creatures that had been seen.
Booze cruise into the mangrove swamps.
Catching up on the blog.
Catching up on the news on the dstv.
G&T’s at lunch time.
Siesta after lunch.
With all our clothes now clean and our batteries recharged we head back to Pemba early in the morning to stock up for our next leg of the trip.
Cheers to Situ..you are an absolute beaut! To see some pictures if Situ Island, Visit their website