My first every snorkel experience
The snorkel trip began on a Thursday morning, with a journey on Dexter. Only a week in, a ride on the boat was still an exciting experience for us; the sun shone on our heads, the wind blew in our faces and the waterdrops flew against us. This always gives me a feeling of freedom and staying alive. The crystal clear water surrounding us sparkled and the islands all around us with their hills were a deep green.
Off the coast of Praslin, Dexter stopped. Here is an area of coral and fishes that is perfect for snorkeling. With fins on our feet and masks and snorkels on our heads, we tipped backwards into the turquoise water. For me it was my first ever snorkel experience so I was surprised when I wasn’t shocked at dipping under water and breathing at the same time. At first it was a little strange, but then there was only enjoying and celebrating the wonderful underwater world. First upon entering the water we saw a few patched of corals under us, and a few lonely fish swam around us; where the boat dropped us the water was still quite deep. But then we swam a little bit forward and the corals came nearer and nearer as the water got shallower, and there were suddenly corals as far as the eye could see, with big groups of fish everywhere. I had to be careful not to touch them with my fins – a strict rule is not to touch anything during snorkeling, for safety reasons but also so as to not damage any of the delicate marine life. It is a fantastic feeling to see all the multiple colours of the fishes and corals below me. One impressive thing was a beautiful blue shiny sea-star lying on some coral, but also the many different shapes and sizes of fish that crossed the view through my mask.
When our snorkel time was over we climbed back into Dexter (not as easy as it sounds!) and had an lovely journey back to camp on Curieuse Island. Hopefully the wind will die down, the rain will stop, and we’ll get another snorkel next week.
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