A Day At Thonga

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Thonga Beach Lodge
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At Thonga Beach Lodge there are so many fun activities that paradoxically, you need a strategy to mindfully appreciate each one rather than rushing from one to the next. The days follow the pleasing rhythms of the ocean, and are planned according to the tides.

If there is an early low tide, we recommend the ocean experience which is an adventurous boat launch and ride out to Gogo’s Reef or one of the spectacular snorkeling or diving spots along the pristine coastline. You may be lucky to pass dolphins on the way, and if they are in a sociable mood, you might be able to swim with these lovely creatures of the sea. Alternatively, sign up for early morning kayaking and glide through the serene Lake Sibaya to the dawn cry of the fish eagle.

By the time you return, you will be ready for a buffet and hot a la carte breakfast, cooked to order, which may be eaten outside on the deck in the dappled sun. Don’t forget to book a treatment at the spa to complement your sensory experience of seaside wellness.

A guided rock pool snorkeling activity is scheduled at low tide for beginners or you may sign up for PADI accredited SCUBA diving training with one of the Thonga qualified guides. Swimming in the turquoise sea, sunbathing or taking a long beach walk will build up your hunger for a buffet lunch, which you may choose to enjoy any time between 1 and 2:30pm.

In the mornings there are cultural tours and in the afternoon there are guided forest walks. Be sure to plan your activities around the delicious snacks offered with afternoon tea. In the late afternoon or early evening you may enjoy your sundowners while watching cormorants tessellate in to roost as the sun sets over Lake Sibaya. Bar snacks and a sumptuous three course dinner may be appreciated along with the cool breeze on the deck or you may arrange a romantic candle-lit dinner by the sea. During turtle nesting and hatching season, moonlit outings on the beach are an experience to remember.

However you choose to spend your days, remember to experience each sensory activity fully, so that although your time here in this paradise will always feel too short, at least this way you will have lived fully every moment of your stay.

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