Baraka Natural Aquarium is located in the northern part of Nungwi. As with everything these days, I originally saw it on the gram and was very pleased that it matched up to my expectations 😻😻.WE LOVE TO SEE IT 🗣
Baraka is a turtle rehabilitation centre run by local people; the turtles here have been rescued from fishermen capture. They are then nursed back to full health before being released back into the wild. You can wade through the shallow water in the low tide, and swim with fish and other small marine animals.
Price: $10 to get in and the seaweed needed to coax the turtles closer is provided. If you would like to snorkel, you can hire gear in destination.
Here are some tips for making the most of your time:
- No prebooking – just arrive turn up and you will be directed to the location.
- Arrive early just as they open to get a shot without other people – I say early rather than later because the sunlight hitting the water is something special.
- The turtles are just trying to eat, so you can very easily bribe them with the seaweed provided 😂
- Seaweed is salty; so bring a towel and water to wash your eyes out. (I learnt the hard way 😂)
- There are showers on site – so you can bring a change of clothes
- It’s by no means a whole day activity.
- The turtles will bite! Once they know you have the seaweed they’ll swarm.
- The turtles have a rubbery texture and they don’t seem to mind you stroking them (follow any instructions given by the guides).
- Don’t put on too much sunscreen if you plan to go into the water, it will contaminate the water and we don’t want that for the turtles.
Photo op tips:
- When you walk in, find the cove to your right and coax turtles with seaweed. It’s a good point for a photo with no one else in.
- If you want a picture on the podium in the middle, you’ll need someone high up to capture it for you.
- If you’re a confident swimmer, go further out and again use the seaweed to coax the turtles
Most importantly, have fun! It’s an amazing experience.