Trip Start Jul 14, 2002
120Trip End Dec 17, 2007
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Back in Stone Town I went on a tour and saw the slave markets (no longer used) and the prison. Then I headed up to the north to join Rachel. Our hotel was right next to the beach and once again the sea was warm and blue. It was perfect, very romantic. I felt like I should be on my honeymoon. I lounged on the beach with Rachel and swam in the sea. In the evening we went to a seafood restaurant which was delicious.
The following day I went for a wander along the beach at low tide to look at the starfish, and I saw lots of women collecting shells. Then Rachel and I went scuba diving. Our dive gear was carried on a cart pulled by a cow which I found quite amusing. The sea was pretty rough so it was difficult to walk into without falling over. I got swept away and accidentally stung by a sea urchin which was ridiculously painful and I couldn't stop crying. Then I got stung by a jellyfish, but that was not quite as painful as the sea urchin. The journey to our dive location was bumpy so a few people got seasick. But we soon arrived at a calm shallow area with the most vivid blue sea I have ever seen. There was a tiny island with a palm tree in the background and it looked like paradise. I did two dives and saw loads of turtles and multicoloured fish which was pretty cool. I got really close to the turtles, which were about half the size of me. We had fruit for lunch and then headed back to the hotel.
The next day I lounged on the beach, topping up my tan and wandered round the shops selling paintings. My foot still hurt from the sting so I had to lie down (shame!) on the sand for most of the day. In the evening we went on a cruise around the area which was nice, and we saw the sun set. Unfortunately the boat owner totally ripped us off and did not supply enough drink, and he promptly did a runner when we returned to shore. Oh well. We returned to Dar Es Salaam the following morning.