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Jan 6th, 2007, 05:14 PM
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Anyone been to Quilalea Island Mozambique diving

We are off to Quilalea Island in Northern Mozambique for 9 nights diving and fishing in June 2007 and was wondering if there is anyone out there who has been there to tell us what it is like.
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Jan 6th, 2007, 06:27 PM
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I have heard that if we take Larium we can't dive due to the potential side effects. Can anyone suggest another type to take which is effective in Botswana? Quilalea Island is malaria free which is great.
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Jan 6th, 2007, 06:35 PM
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Hi Georgie
It's true that you cannot take lariam when you plan to scuba diving, we ran into the same problem and decided to take malarone instead. There is some good infomation on DAN's south african website http://www.dansa.org/ under malaria

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Jan 6th, 2007, 10:29 PM
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Georgie: I have taken malarone (was recommended) for my Botswana trips so you will not likely have any problem there.

Unfortunately I have not been to Quilalea -- that region is on my wish list -- but I did a lot of snorkeling in the Bazaruto Archapelago to the south and it was fabulous, on par with the best snorkeling I have ever done. I'm sure your diving will be outstanding as that area has a great reputation too.
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Jan 7th, 2007, 02:34 PM
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Well Malarone it is once I have cleared it with my doctor. By the sound of it not many people have been to Quilalea. It could be there are only 9 chalets and it is not easy to get to and not cheap. I have read some great things about it and a few bad but that is quite normal. Quilalea have a special the first person pays $475UDS per night diving included and the second is half price.
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Jan 8th, 2007, 07:35 AM
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Georgie: you are right, most people are still finding out about Mozambique which is exactly why I went there a couple of years ago. It is paradise and you will be ecstatic to go there while it is still being rediscovered. I think most people just are not looking for the island getaway when they go to Africa and those that do mostly go to Zanzibar. For a diver I think you are making a great choice. You probably have a better chance of finding some reviews by checking scuba boards then here. Please post a report here after your trip so there will be a reference in the future.
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Jan 8th, 2007, 07:44 AM
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I'm curious why one can't take larium while diving. Can anyone fill me in as I'm going on a diving trip and am on the fence about taking malerone b/c it makes me nauseated.
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Jan 8th, 2007, 12:42 PM
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I found out by chance when I read a fact sheet from Quilalea island saying if you have been taking Larium they will not permit you to dive. I have found out that some of the side effects of Larium are dizziness, blurred vision and a disturbed sense of balance which similar to DCI symptoms. A mis diagnosis could occur. Google Larium and scuba diving and you will come up with heaps of sites which will explain it. It may not be a problem with some places so check with them.
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