We woke up to rain, a short sharp shower that did not last long and was followed by beautiful sunshine. We are currently at the end of the rainy season which runs from November until late March early April. During this period the rain comes and goes in short showers which do not inhibit any activities. One advantage to this time of year is the nocturnal Coconut Crabs are a lot easier to see as the holes they usually hide in fill up with water so they tend to be a lot more active as they have nowhere to shelter. Also the bird spotting on the island is better during this time as there are a lot of migrant birds which pushes the total number of species on the island around 140.
After a long morning meeting we sat down for some Barracuda for lunch, followed by fresh sorbet or cashew nut tart.
The afternoon was the time to explore the cultural side of the Island. A short drive of 30 minutes brought us to 2 of the Vamizi Island fishing village inhabited by the Kivuru people. The first stop was a full working fishing village where you can see the local fishermen offloading their catch and preparing for their next trip. As we moved around the island we arrived in a more permanent settlement which included the historic church and the old fort which date back about 300 years. The Vamizi Project supports these communities and has built a school and clinic to help with the education and the health of the island’s inhabitants. The ladies of the village have been encouraged to set up an initiative which involves weaving baskets and other useful l items which can then be bought by the lodge and its visitors.
We returned to the lodge in time for sunset and the release of 6 baby Green Turtles who had been rescued earlier in the day as they had not managed to make it out of their nest. If they had not been rescued by the WWF team they would have either died in the heat of the day or drowned with the high tide. It was a great emotion to see these little creatures scuttle down the beach and swim off to start their lives.
Tomorrow we are off to Neptune’ Arm to experience one of the most famous dive sites in the area (for advanced divers only) and later in the afternoon we shall be kayaking up the estuary on the southern coast to explore the mangrove forest.