For the next day we had booked a snorkeling tour. We booked directly through the hotel, which was the cheapest price we got.
After boarding it took quite a while till our tour started but it was a very nice old wooden boat.
On the way to the reef we went by motor but on the way back we sailed. The reef was on the other side of the south end of Zanzibar, close to a protected area with some little islands.
The water was almost tub warm and we snorkeled for at least one hour. It was wonderful, the best snorkeling I had in a long time. Lots of fish and a water depth between one and five meters.
When everybody had returned to the boat we sailed back to the shore of Zanzibar at a lonely sand beach where the crew prepared tasty food including a wonderfully spiced grilled tuna.
Initially I thought that we would go snorkeling again after lunch but we went back directly. I was a bit disappointed but on the other hand I already had burnt my legs from the sun – one hour more and I could not have sit nor lied for a week
In the evening I fished calamari again and they were then cooked for us. They tasted grate though the hotel owner had picked a recipe with many spices for us which masked the wonderful taste of the fresh calamari.
© Volker Umpfenbach