This last month has seen some close to perfect snorkelling conditions. This has given us the opportunity to scope out the coral conditions and sea life around the island. With the SE monsoon winds starting in a couple of weeks causing rough sea conditions, now it is definitely the best time to snorkel around Cousine. With such good visibility, hundreds of different species can be seen. One of my favourite species is the Longfin Batfish which grows up to 50cm in length. They are usually seen swimming alone and pop up in front of you when you least expect to see anything. There are always a variety of Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Wrasse and the most outstanding in colour; the Parrotfish. The coral is doing well after the severe bleaching event in 1998 which resulted in the mortality of 16% of the world’s reefs and a 90% loss in coral cover in the Seychelles. The coral is growing back slowly and seems to be getting healthier each year.