this is the August report back from the land of sun and coconuts, on the Fiona Ayerst Underwater Photography Internship run in conjunction with Guinjata Dive Centre, Inhambane Mozambique, Africa Media and Oceans Campus.
by Ari Robinson 20 August 2016
Golden sandy beaches, palm trees, sand dunes, African culture, traditions, kind people and amazing diving with a unique marine life is what we have found so far in this beautiful Southeast African country.
Here are our students for August 2016 getting into the swing of things
The adventure began when course director, Pepe and I drove from South Africa to Inhambane, Mozambique. We can proudly say that although this place has a very bad reputation with the police officers, we managed to go all the way through without any traffic fines. I think we are lucky to know some Mexican tricks and also it is very useful to know a little bit of Portuguese and have a big smile. On the trip we found some giraffe traffic because we were close to a game reserve. I always find it incredible, the things that can happen to you- but only in Africa.
On the second week the students kept going with macro photography, which is perfect for these dive sites because there are loads to find, from nudibranches, moray eels, decorative crabs, anemone crabs, shrimps, lion fish and more. The best part is to hear the whales singing while you are diving it’s funny to see everybody looking up and everywhere to try to see them, we haven’t had any luck yet but I hope we get to see them underwater soon.We went to the barra estuary- this is a beautiful place about 45 min from Guinjata and is where the lagoon meets the sea, this is a perfect place to practice macro as it is only 2 meters deep.
There is no current at all and you can find thousands of amazing creatures right there in the sand; seahorses, frogfish, anemone fish, hermit crabs, weird looking morays, baby lion fish, crocodile fish and much much more. We spent about 2 hours there and we got out of the water just because the camera batteries ran out. It was just amazing how much life we found. This is the first gallery of macro pictures for the first weeks on the program. Pepe and I were impressed with how much they have been improving and to see how creative they are.
On the weekend we went to Tofo. This is a tourist town close to Inhambane with the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. There is an abundant local market where you can buy cheap and colourful clothes, delicious fruit and cool bracelets or fresh coconuts from the smiling locals.We also went to eat the famous banana cake in town and we even signed up for surfing lessons. We spent hours in the water and we had a lot of fun riding the waves. We celebrated Britney’s birthday with a hand made chocolate cake made by Levi and I and we had a big party with the guys from Love the Oceans.
The past two weeks in the land of sun and coconuts have been nothing short of amazing and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next. I am excited to report that we still have all the wide angle dives, a cultural tour and 2 nice long ocean safaris to go. Look out for my next report ……