CAPTAIN’S LOG April to June 2004
Apologies for the delay in getting this latest log on-line. We had a busy Easter, followed by a quiet few weeks, then a sudden burst of activity in June and into July.Bayden, born in February. Luckily Eric was in Australia just a couple of days after his birth, so he was able to see his first grandchild.
snorkelling and dive sites.
We took our guests into the lovely Kwale lagoon to explore the mangroves. This is really becoming a popular activity on our trips across to Zanzibar and well worth it. It is only accessible by dinghy and kayak at high tide, so it needs to be planned and can be linked in with a low tide snorkel at the Kwale sandbank. Kayaking in amongst the mangroves is a very special experience as it is so peaceful. On a recent trip one of our guests commented that it would be great to bring a picnic and bottle of champagne and just relax under the cover of the mangroves.
Another favourite activity is at Pamunda island where the mini lagoon creates a kind of ‘jacuzzi’ effect when you jump out of the dinghy into the water and the bubbles from the sand creep up your legs, a wierd sensation!
After Easter we had a few trips including some day trips with groups ranging from 6 people to 16. Some of them corporate and some private groups. In addition we had some overnight family groups. We would like to thank everyone for coming on board with us and we appreciate your support. The beauty of what we do is that it appeals across the board for groups celebrating all kinds of events. We offer unique experiences which are made particularly special as the parties enjoy these experiences altogether. We recently had a wedding party group. Family and friends had come from various places for the wedding, so the ideal way to spend a day all together was to go out on the boat. Probably the most popular activity for a day trip like this is to go out to Fungu Yasin sandbank for a swim and lunch, then stopping off at Mbudya for another swim and possibly snorkelling before heading back to the Slipway by sunset.
backdrop of Mt. Meru.
Whilst I was back in UK again in June helping my mother sort out more of her affairs and getting her settled into her new flat, Eric suddenly was inundated with work. It was quite a challenge to do the trips on his own, although he did brilliantly if the feedback I’ve heard is anything to go by. He did comment though that it was much harder being in charge of the galley and food preparation than he had realised! So it is good to share the responsibilities. Unfortunately we don’t have a huge amount of photos from our recent trips as Eric was busier taking care of the sailing, diving, organising the groups to go ashore in the dinghy and kayaks, plus doing all the cooking, so it didn’t leave much time for taking photos. We apologise for the lack of photos from certain trips. If you do take photos on your trip with us and want any on our website, please don’t hesitate to send copies to us to post on the Log.
In early June we had a group celebrating a 40th birthday. As it was all women and mostly with children at school, we suggested a birthday breakfast cruise with cocktails and a buffet being served out at the islands, then returning the group in time to collect the children from school! As I was away for this trip, our friend Pippa helped by doing the food. Thanks so much Pippa. I wish I had been there to enjoy your delicious brunch too!
Mwamba Ukombe, with the whole group coming together later at Pamunda. On another trip with some friends of ours visiting from Australia we caught a giant trevally weighing in at around 30 kilos. As it was too big to eat & freeze, we let it go. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo at the time, but I am hoping that we’ll get a copy when our friends’ have their photos developed back in Oz!
kayak, drive the dinghy and meet new people from all walks of life.
Howard & Yannick from Australia arrived a few days after Bryony with some friends of theirs, Red Colobus monkeys, which are indigenous to Zanzibar. All in all a great way for us all to spend our week together.
More details of trips to come in our next log for July – September. I will endeavor to get that one out on time! Remember, if you are considering a trip on board with us this is a great time of year. The whales are out and about at the moment, there have been numerous sightings between Dar & Zanzibar and the weather is at its coolest for a very pleasant sail and for sleeping on board.
With that we look forward to seeing you on board soon.
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