Being lost is not always a bad thing. Especially not if you are in paradise.

Not all those who wander are lost, said J.R.R. Tolkien. He was so right. On this island outside Vilanculos in Mozambique, it felt like I was walking into eternity. It was only me, sand and blue skies. The ocean was coloured in the most amazing shades of turquoise, blue and green. Was this island real or was I dreaming?

On one of these islands, I met Mr. Crab. He looked pretty bored of island life. Maybe he needed a holiday from sandy beaches and quiet days?

I also met a stranded boat, which was waiting for the tide to come up so it could move on turquoise waters again. It made me think that when I am feeling a bit stranded and a cloud is hanging over my head, I must remember that the tide is on its way.

That is exactly what happened a few hours later on the main beach in Vilanculos. The tide came in and made it look like paradise.

In that blue, deep water, we met two beautiful creatures. We heard them calling each other under water when we were diving. Their long deep sounds vibrated in my stomach, one sang with a deep, dark sound, the other in a lighter tone. When we got out of the water, the humpback mother and her calf came to the surface and waved goodbye with their tales. What a magical moment. Another diver captured a few seconds of it on video:

On the island Bazarutu we took a lunch break from diving. Hugo was my dive master and the friend I stayed with for ten days in Mozambique. He showed me a turtle the size of a person, beautiful rays that moved gracefully under water and so many other beautiful, colourful fish. And what an office he works in everyday - a tropical paradise:

Hugo also runs a kite school, so we went kitesurfing! We kited to an island 10 kilometers away and back, and stopped on sandbanks on the way, surfed turqoise waves and saw a dolphin. It was the most beautiful place I have ever kited. And we had the whole ocean to ourselves. What a way to finish my holiday!

Check out his kite school here: https://www.facebook.com/KiteSchoolMozambique/

Thank you Hugo for making my stay so great in Vilanculos! You know so many great people and made the stay there so memorable. I want to go back! And thank you Vilanculos, simply for being so beautiful <3




Welcome to my blog!

Hi! My name is Ida and I am a journalist for Norwegian Broadcasting who is living in Cape Town, South Africa. I would love to share my experiences from my life in the rainbow nation with you. On this blog, you can also find posts from my travels around the world.

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