Conservation research vessel Angra Pequena is now offering Ocean Safaris to the public. After ten magical days on board with friends and family in Mozambique one appreciates the importance of the work she and her crew do
Angra Pequena is a classic wooden motor yacht whose history tells a story on its own. She was born into conservation fifty five years ago where she started as a fisheries patrol vessel in Namibia. She now cruises mostly in the south-west Indian Ocean on research expeditions, including searching for Coelacanths. Angra Pequena is operated by Sea Quests whose primary goal is to support research, training and conservation expeditions that build knowledge and awareness of our oceans and contribute to sound decision-making and to inform management policies.
Our ocean safari began in the vibrant city of Maputo. Here we met friends and family at the Maputo Marina and enjoyed some local beers and a splash in the pool. We then boarded Angra via her tender boat, I nick named “ducking”. Once on board guests took advantage of the beautiful Mozambican sunset – some fished, and some took photos whilst others just soaked up the experience. Later that evening once all the guests were on board we set sail to anchor off the peaceful Island of Inhaca.
We spent our days on board Angra Pequena anchored in calm waters at Inhaca, dropping over-board for a swim or snorkel, chilling on the deck, exploring with the duckling or wandering about the island.
Snorkelling exquisite coral reefs near the marine research station and at Hellsgate ….
Floating over interesting seagrass beds with vibrantly coloured starfish aplenty …. Stars below and stars above!
Exploring the island, engaging with the friendly locals and tasting local cuisine (and beer!) whilst absorbing the most phenomenal sunsets
A few us ‘strand lopers’ explored the nearby Portuguese Island
Some guests voyaged on board a traditional Dhow fishing boat
The birthday boy on board enjoyed relaxing in the hammock whilst the captain displayed her brilliant water skiing abilities
We took an adventure to the lighthouse and enjoyed the deserted beaches
There is so much to do and discover in and around Inhaca – I wish we had had more time …. !
The experience on board Angra Pequena is certainly unique. The Captain is a marine scientist and a real ocean enthusiast. Her ability to share the phenomenal work she and research the crew have been doing makes the trip just that much more extra special and you get a real sense that you are contributing to something truly worthwhile.
I would encourage you all if you get a chance to voyage on this vessel, get out and explore, on your very own tailor made Ocean Safari trip, go for it.