Having never been snorkelling before, we weren't entirely sure what to expect on this trip. We weren't disappointed!
We were picked up from our hotel in a traditional 'Dalla-dalla' at 7.30am and taken the short journey to One Ocean's base camp at Matemwe. Bags containing the kit (all good quality) we'd tried on and reserved the day before were there waiting for us, including a towel and bottle of water for the trip.
We set off slightly late owing to a group from another hotel not showing, but we were still out on the water in good time. The speed boat took us, another couple and a family of 4 out to a reef that appears out of no-where out to sea.
Whilst the first spot was good, it was a little crowded with other snorkellers, plus several dive groups. But it was good to get our bearings - especially as first-time snorkellers who needed a bit of time to get used to breathing through a tube! It was really helpful to have a life ring on the water to hold on to if you need a break to catch your breath, adjust your goggles or even just to hold on to for reassurance until you 'found your feet'.
Back on the boat between locations we were given refreshments of chai, fresh fruit and some local pastries. Just what we needed!
The second location, just off a small private island, was epic. At points the reef was no more than a metre or two from the surface, and at most it wasn't more than 5m deep. This meant we could see a huge array of fish close-hand, including finding yourself right in the middle of whole shoals. The guide was brilliant - he didn't mind if you wanted to swim around at a little distance discovering things for yourself, but if you wanted to stick close by to him, he'd point out all the different fish to you, explaining what they were and diving down to point more closely if needs be.
The only down-side to the trip was the fact that it was so good - snorkelling anywhere else now is going to seem boring compared to all the things we saw!
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