Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 03:57 pm

Difficult-to-reach Paradise Island, off the coast of Mozambique, is a holiday destination my family used to visit every year.  

Visiting Paradise Island required a great deal of preparation in terms of fridges, food, fishing equipment etc as it is very isolated. There are about 20 locals with whom we bartered for squid and lobster.

This Mozambique island was named “Paradise Island” in the 1960s by honeymooners and holidaymakers.  As quoted from a web page “The three km long and 500 metre wide island is purled (partially protected) by a beautiful coral reef excellent for snorkeling”.

How true! I swam with dolphins, turtles and octopus. I fished for and caught Seirra, Kingfish, Yellow-finned Tuna and some Half Beaks (these are the names I was familiar with) and I even saw a sea cow or two. The weather is fantastic and the water beautiful.

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The downside is when cyclones shear the island they expose rocks on the beaches which make swimming dangerous. But it is not a disaster altogether.  

The thing about this place is that I dream about it so often and I haven’t been back for almost 10 years. I really left my heart there and I hope to go back one day.