Coral Garden Grows
I never thought I’d revisit the sweet shop of tropical delights found in the aptly named ‘coral garden’ dive site just off my first 'Curieuse' island home in the Seychelles.
Leaning over the side of Dexter, face in water, bum in air, checking for correct location lead by dodgy GPS added to my mix of excitement and nostalgia at literally having done a lap around the world and back again to this special km2 little haven two years after my first discovery here.
Bang on – long spot, blue lined and bengal snappers schooled before us as if they’d been waiting on parade for our return. Diligently there they were lined up boasting the same pristine bright yellow and white decoration, perfection and character. How happy was I to return to this secret spot and be welcomed by what until yesterday was just a dive memory of being surrounded by these little beauties.
Just the two of us feasted on 50 minutes of fish city ‘joy’, escapism and faith in some aspect of nature conservation to be appreciating a reef still very much alive and abundant 2 years on.
African coral cod, hawksbill turtle, saddleback and longnose butterflies, paddletail snappers and a fusilier barrel role to finish...ahhh.