The ocean is bigger than us, that much seems obvious. It is always the same ocean and yet every day it is different. It connects us, there is peace in a far horizon, joy in its bounty and when we learn from it there is freedom to be found.
Whale sharks, swimming with dolphins, pristine reefs, kitesurfing, whale watching, great whites, penguins, healthy waters and empty beaches; the sheer beauty of life and diversity of activities to be experienced within Africa’s coastal Indian Ocean is remarkable.
Of course we are talking about a large area, from the Lamu archipelago, via the Spice islands and the Quirimbas to False Bay, Mauritius and Madagascar. The Indian Ocean has always connected people. Favourable trade winds and rich marine life have helped cultures flourish. 25% of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are situated either within it or along its coastal margins.
This vast region has something to offer everyone and, while it is often either a header or footer to a classic safari, it is worthy of a journey in its own right. Working with marine biologists, dive masters and kiting instructors this is another world to safari Africa and yet easy to combine.
Private villas on the Kenya coast with access to world class kitesurfing, swimming with whale sharks through the Spice islands from your own catamaran, diving on Mozambican reefs with no other people, exploring the markets, restaurants and watersports of Mauritius, watching great whites hunting off the Cape coast or humpbacks breaching off Madagascar’s beautiful beaches; this is the blue planet.