Diving is done with Eco2’s boat ”Uchawi”, which means black magic in Kiswahili. At an official ceremony the local witch doctor cast a spell on the boat with the result that a possible culprit will end up with a frog’s head. And it has worked so far (i.e. the boat's still there).
The fiber glass boat is equipped with 2 x 75 hp outboard
engines, VHF, oxybox, life vests and not least fresh water to rinse off
Mikindani Bay is open towards the North East and the Indian Ocean, and often big pelagics drop by to have a look. From August to November it’s even possible to “whale watch” as the humpback whales pass by.
One of the ways to check the health of a reef is to note the number of
groupers. Not a dive went by without seeing several different species. One
of the more curious ones is the Chinese grouper (Plectropomus laevis). It’s
a bit difficult to take a predator seriously when it resembles a zebra wearing
yellow lipstick. But then, I wasn’t the prey.
Mnazi Bay-Ruvuma Estuary
Marine Park was established in 1999 and comprises 200 sqkm of water and
wetlands and 400 sqkm of land inclusive of 15 villages. What East Africa is
concerned bio diversity is booming, and so far 400 species of fish and 260
species of corals have been discovered.
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