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Dive Review of Marlin Lodge/Bossi Yacht/Marlin Lodge in
Africa/Bazaruto Archipelago

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Tom & Tresa Jaskunas, Co, USA
Report Number 352
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Honduras,Grand Cayman,Mexico, Brazil, Anguilla, Dominica, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
required to follow group guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
We stayed 13 nights at the Bazaruto Archipelago. The first 2 nights at
Marlin Lodge then 10 nights on the yacht Bossi and the last night back at
the lodge. The Archipelago is a series of small sand islands about a 1/2
hour boat ride from Vilanculos on the main land. We flew to Vilanculos by
way Johannesburg. The air service is very small and has its own way of
doing things. We did not ever get a "ticket" just confirmation we
had a seat, We were required to carry all of our luggage to the plane, the
ticket counter at Johannesburg did not show any sign that the carrier even
existed until minutes before some one showed up to sign us in.  We got
several warnings from the travel agent (Island Castaways)prior to the
flight that there was a very strict weight limit on the bags (10kgs per
person). We were very concerned about the weight issue with all of the dive
gear. In the end we were over by a few kgs and paid an extra charge of less
than $10 (paid going nothing coming back). There is nothing wrong with the
air service just a little strange.

The islands have mosquitoes and clearly Malaria so be sure to take proper
precaustions. Marlin Lodge is very nice with good food and excellent
service. Our first night was spent in one of their new rooms. Very
impressive just one thing missing, a mosquitoe net. We woke up in the
middle of the night being eaten alive (thank God for the medication). We
complained the next day and were given an older room with a mosquitoe net
and a fruit basket for our trouble. The second room was fine. The next day
we went out with the resort's dive operation. Very fast boats, small groups
(4 to 8 divers) and a dive guide who knew the water. The best diving we saw
was a dive site on the ocean side of the islands called 2 mile reef. Very
clear water, excellent fish life and beautiful coral ( I would rate this
site in my top 5). Because the site is exposed to the open ocean the swells
can be sizable so not every boat is up to the job. Although we tried to
dive at two mile reef from the Yacht (Bossi)later in our trip we never made
After our second night at the Lodge we were picked up by the crew of Bossi.
The Yacht is a 45' cataraman that normally sails the waters of Madagascar.
Because of the political trouble in Madagascar the boat had moved to
Mozambique. The boat was clean, our room with private bathroom was large,
the crew of 3 were helpful and professional and we ended up being the only
guests on the boat. There were however a few problem. First the skiff used
to take us to the dive sites was one step up from useless. Under powered,
dangerous to get in and out of and could not handle the sizable swells on
the ocean side of the islands. The boat's system for generating fresh water
was broken as a result we were limited to the fresh water the boat could
carry. This meant salt water showers with a fresh water rinse and a lost
day in the middle of the trip to get more water. Last the boat really was
not a live-aboard. Although we clearly were there to dive we did less than
10 dives in 10 days. The diving we did from the yacht was on the protected
side of the island, generally shallow, good visibility with great numbers
of small fish (in one case an absolute wall of fish) with lots of macro
stuff to look at. The morning we got off the boat we ran back  to Marlin
Lodge so we could make one last dive on 2 mile reef. It was the best dive
of the trip. 
So if I was to do the trip again I would stay at the lodge for a greater
part of the trip, bring a thicker wet suit (5mm) and pack a mosquitoe net. 
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