When Kim and I did a road trip about 7 years ago, we went to Barra Beach near Mozambique’s Inhambane. It’s where I learnt to scuba dive, so I definitely have good memories of the place.
In October of 2019, we decided to go there again. We went to Marloth Park first – where Kim’s dad lives and where we saw some wildlife – before venturing into Mozambique.
One of the things that really stood out as different was that the shoreline had advanced a lot closer to the lodge we were staying at. The chalet we stayed at last time was then behind a small dune while now during high tide the water came right up below the chalet. Needless to say that a lot of nearby lodges and houses have started reinforcing and barricading the beach in order to hopefully safeguard their properties.
Kim still had to finalise her PADI Advanced Open Water course and we decided to do this there. Contrary to the calm conditions in the Philippines where we had started the course, Barra and Tofo’s advanced diving is a lot more advanced, if that makes sense. Strong current, big temperature differences. Honestly, while I enjoyed the shallow dives for my beginner course, I didn’t feel at all prepared for these dives. In both cases, the currents pushed us off the reef and we didn’t really see much of anything. Kim did complete her course and that was the goal in the first place, but we’ll stick to easy divs for a while.
I didn’t take my camera with, but I could borrow Chris’ Canon 60D. Always fun playing with better gear.