African Paradise


After the feast of tropical fruits, I boarded my local transportation and was swept off to Nungwi beach. I have seen some of the world’s greatest beaches, but what I saw today surprised even me.

As the driver weaved through these narrow streets on the way to my beach bungalow, I was able to get a glimpse of the water. It was spectacular. Picture turquoise water that tapered into a deep blue in the distance. The sand was so fine and white that it made the Caribbean beaches I have visited look like a polluted harbour.

I quickly donned my bathing suit and ran over to the water. The mercury was peaking at nearly 40 degrees Celsius and I was craving a refreshing swim, but that would never come. As I entered the water, I realized that the cool refreshing swim I was anticipating turned out to be a warm bathtub and did little to lower my body temperature. This was by far the warmest water I have ever been in. There are only two beaches I have ever been to that topped this one. Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia and Phi Phi Lay in Phi Phi, Thailand.

As the sun got lower on the horizon, I was treated to a feast of the local catch and a sunset that would bring a tear to your eye.

Jumping in... Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar

Jumping in... Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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