Going to Mafia Island was a spur of the moment decision and one of the best we’ve made. We were actually going to Malawi but decided to go to Tanzania as an add-on to our Malawi trip since it was just a little bit extra to get there from Malawi.
Mafia Island ("Chole Shamba") is an island in Tanzania. The name "Mafia" derives from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning "group" or "archipelago", or from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning "a healthy dwelling-place".
Nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod molluscs which shed their shells after their larval stage. The word "nudibranch" comes from the Latin nudus "naked" and the Ancient Greek (bránkhia) "gills", the name refers to their gills being outside of their bodies.
Underwater photography is growing in popularity and as time goes by, more and more options are available to people from novice to professional photographers.
Yes, anyone can do it. Pretty much all the technical rules for normal photography counts for underwater as well. If you know your way around a camera you will easily adjust to the underwater scene. What makes this so accessible is that, even if you are not interested in knowing all the ins and outs of photography, you can get a smaller and less expensive setup to snap away with. You don’t have to be a professional or even an intermediate photographer to get started in underwater photography.
There are so many wonderful dive destinations in South Africa, not even to mention the rest of the world. This is one of the main reasons that people often overlook Cape Town as a prime dive spot. This is a big mistake really since there are so many reasons why False Bay is one of the best spots to scuba dive.
Anticipation, excitement and amazing encounters!
This trip definitely exceeded all my expectations, even though I try never to have pre-conceived ideas and checklists of what I want to see, you still have hopes to see the amazing mantas and whale sharks that are to be seen here.
Half of our group drove from Cape Town and the rest flew to Johannesburg and drove the rest of the way from there. Tofo is a lovely coastal town in southeastern Mozambique. The roads were great and, in many places, they were being fixed, we had no problems or hassles.
Are you interested in scuba diving but not sure if you will like it? Or, do you have reservations because of the whole breathing underwater thing? Would you like to see what it will be like without committing to an official certification course? Maybe you have fears or anxieties.
Scuba diving is a wonderful opportunity for personal growth by challenging yourself.
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I find that not many people realize how important it is to have something that pulls you away from your everyday life, a place where you forget everything and can immerse yourself completely in that one thing. A place where your thoughts become quiet and everything else around you fades into the background. You’re there, now, in the moment, and nothing else matters.
In our fast-paced environment, this has become more of a necessity. We need something that slows life down every now and again, for many people scuba diving is this place of calm awareness where we gain our sanity.
Are you scared to go scuba diving? Does the mere mention of submerging underwater give you heart palpitations? Or is scuba diving on your bucket list but it simply seems unattainable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a misconception about scuba diving.
Every time I tell someone I’m a scuba diver, I can practically hear the Jaws theme song playing in their heads. Jaws (and all those other Hollywood depicted shark movies) cannot be further from reality. I know, you’ve probably heard it a million times before and really don’t want me telling you that most shark attacks are due to mistaken identity.