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“Below our expectations”

Sailaway Dhow Safaris
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Owner description: We offer all inclusive day and overnight dhow safaris to the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. Accommodation options on overnight safaris include camping or lodge accommodation on the mainland whilst on safari. Excellent food, refreshments, snorkeling over reefs and exploring the islands in the Archipelago. Day safari rate from Mt 2,850 p/p and overnight safaris from Mt7,350 p/p.
Reviewed August 31, 2013

Maybe because of winter weather, maybe because of slightly windy day, our experience with Sailaway Dhow Safari was a little bit deceiving. We were the only couple not going there for diving but just snorkeling, but that is not reason to be ignored and left abandoned in Bazaruto island as if little children who just disturb. We really felt abandoned. No guide to show us the local nature/plants/birds, no interest at all into our well-being. The man in charge of the diving group was Denis from Odyssea Dive, certainly not the most sympathetic man on earth. Also he took a group of ten divers, most of them novices, with only two expert monitors. Bad decision by all means: safety wise more than questionable and also too much people in limited space to dive comfortably. Back to the Sailaway team we had a pasta and fish lunch, but not the "lots of fish" we had been told we would have. It was just OK. And all sailing was motorized, no wind sailing at all. Altogether much below the expectations pointed in the web and print-outs. Thanks God we did not take the two days pack as initially planned because I had not stood calm a second day abandoned in a sandy island.

Thank homedelsac
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

On the first day of the trip, we were on a remote island snorkeling and my friend sliced his hand open on coral, and clearly needed stitches immediately. We got on the phone with Dave and within 20 minutes, he had arranged a speed boat to pick us up, met us on the beach, drove us to the hospital and had a nurse ready to meet us. He took care of the cost of the speed boat and the hospital bill. Once this horror was out of the way, the rest of the sailing trip was delightful! We picked the three day option, there are shorter trips available but this really gets the most out of the experience and you get to see multiple islands. The crew fed us wonderful meals, one day they even bought fresh calamari from a fisherman's boat for our lunch, and would make huge bowls of popcorn for us to snack on while we sailed. If you can afford it I would pick the lodge option instead of camping because the lodge is gorgeous. The campsite was well maintained, with clean bathrooms and hot water. Only complaint: don't listen to their recommendation about staying at Smugglers for the night before or after the trip, it's a terrible unclean hotel, with bad security.

1  Thank Travelbuggie1983
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I have used these before and it was great to see that nothing had changed as I had an absolute great trip with them previously. We did have to wait around for another group which was a bit annoying but it was not the fault of Sailaway and we then set off before 0900 without the other group. this left 3 of us with a whole dhow to ourselves and the captain and the chef. We were spoilt by Arnaldo (chef) with his brilliant cuisine. We went to 2 mile Reef and had some time snorkeling and afterwards had lunch before landing on Bazaruto. We were free to do what we liked and climbed the dune and floated around in the water to keep cool.

Bit of a disappointment that the wind was not going in the right direction for the trip back even though we did have the sail up we still had the engine going. Would have been nice to have just listened to the wind and the waves on the boat.

Will definitely use them again for other trips when in Mozambique.

Thank Gillian B
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

For us all - a family with 2 children (8 and 12 yrs) - it was a memorable adventure of glorious swimming water, snorkelling, great food and lazying about on pristine and beautiful islands. We were taken out on a dhow with a great crew (guide, captain and chef), having planned a 3 day excursion, but returned on the morning of the 3rd day due to rainy weather. By that stage we had experienced three different islands - it was such a treat that skipping the last day was really not a big deal.The crew were utterly professional, leaving us feeling safe and completely trusting of their judgment. At times the sea was choppy and the waves felt high and slightly scary - but judging by the calm and relaxed energy of the crew, I realised that the swells were quite normal and not that high at all! At all times, I felt that they were intent on giving us the best possible time. For those travelling in the rainy season (Dec/Jan) where the water tends to be choppy, a tip for travellers prone to sea sickness would be to ensure that you have sea sick tablets before arriving in Mozambique.They were not easily available at the pharmacies in Vilanculos.

1  Thank Ila58
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We had a great experience in taking a day trip to Magaruque, one of the small islands in the Bazaruto archipelago about an hour cruise from Vilanculos. Being in the boat was a fun way to slowly get to the islands and enjoy the time on the water. With a snorkel trip via dhow, you should go in knowing that good sailing weather is bad for snorkeling, and vice versa. Also, you may want to bring a cooler for some beer/wine or other drinks while enjoying the beautiful beach. The crew will be sure to arrange shade for you. They may even offer you tea on the way there and freshly popped popcorn on the way back!

The meal prepared by the crew was terrific, and the overall experience was very enjoyable. The owner, Richard, will be sure to take care of any needs you may have.

Bring cash to avoid the surcharge for using credit cards. The only credit card they accept is Visa.

1  Thank Ktowner6
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