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As mentioned in my previous note, Vilankulo is a fishing village and the incomes seem to depend a lot on the sea. In the area you can find lots of these sandbanks that appear only during low tide. But the fishermen knew very well how to navigate between them.

This was taken from the boat to Bazaruto Island, famous for the sand dunes and freshwater crocodiles. The conditions are perfect for snorkling and diving, although I'll admit the water was a bit cold at this time of the year. The boat trip was going to take one hour from Vilankulo. I was relaxing in the boat with the israelis and italians I had got to know, but then suddenly the engine of our boat literally fell off! Then our guides started to cook dinner while we waited another hour or two for the low tide so we could regain the engine, before we sailed with the wind for another hour until we finally reached the island. That gave me more than enough time to look at the traditional dhows (fishing boats) in action.

Luckily a speed boat with two engines picked us up on the way home. One of the engines there stopped working, so in the end we only had one engine left, and that one was a bit on and off too! We eventually came back to Vilankulo though after a sunset on the sea and an amazing experience at Bazaruto.

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