16 January: While Xavier cracked on home educating Francis and Isabelle, I was able to spirit Catherine off the boat thanks to an invitation from Tina and Lars on KAPALEI to do some snorkelling off Petit Bateau with their children Hugo and Cayenne (pictured above left and centre, with Catherine on the right). Catherine was not a fan of the idea of using a mask at first, but the moment she noticed her friends donning their equipment, she gave it a go. She tried to breathe through the tube too, but it just wasn’t working for her, instead she preferred to simply hold her breath for a length of time and then come up for air. A technique that worked surprisingly well. After a picnic of juices, sweet cold coffee and galettes, we went for a drift snorkel. I was literally swept away to discover Catherine could discover just as much about the underwater kingdom as Francis and Isabelle on their dive the previous day. We saw multi-coloured shimmering fish, a school of squid, and all sorts of luminescence. Watching Catherine reach for Cayenne’s hand and drift along holding on between us, I marvelled at the two little blond mermaids next to me, just going with the flow. The current was quite strong, but Lars was there in the dinghy ready to pick us up. I hadn’t quite appreciated the logistics of clambering into a dinghy when waterborne, but we did it, and set the course for home.