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10th Azura Day Celebrations

From the Azura Benguerra Team - February 2018

Azura Day is a time honoured tradition that takes place in early December each year with our owners, staff and local community. It celebrates the life of Azura, gives thanks for all we have achieved, and prays for good fortune in the future. It begins with the local church choir arriving en masse in a succession of boats, singing all the way across the sea from the mainland. Beneath the shade of palm trees a church service is held, incense wafting on the breeze, to receive the blessing of the church for the year ahead. We finish with a wonderful feast, a big birthday cake and a party for all of the staff.

Azura Whale Migration

From the Azura Team - September 2017

All over the world, whales leap high into the air and crash back into the water, slapping their tails and fins on the ocean’s surface on the way down. This behaviour is called "Breaching", and is far more common when pods of humpback whales are far apart (at least 4,000 meters or 2.5 miles). Fin or tail slapping is more frequent as groups split or come together. Scientists (including University of Queensland marine biologist Ailbhe Kavanagh), say these patterns suggest breaching and slapping play a role in both long-distance and close-range communication. By slamming their massive bodies into the water, the resulting sounds, like a drum, can travel enormous distances.

Gin and Tonic O’Clock

From the Owners - May 2017

There’s an amazing little gin bar I’ve known for years in a fishing village called Carvoeiro in the Algarve, where the glasses are the size of fish bowls, and the mixologist’s concoctions endless in their originality. At least that’s how it seems when you’re there. As someone who likes a G&T, the new craft gin revolution that’s recently been taking the world’s trendiest spots by storm hadn’t escaped me. Now there’s nothing quite like watching the sun go down at Azura with a gin and tonic in hand. At any of our Azuras, be it from the landrover in the bush at Azura Selous, from the dhow at Azura Benguerra, or the beach bar at Quilalea. So it was obvious - time for a craft gin bar at Azura!