Last Sunday, I climbed into the tight quarters of a Global Sub Dive submersible - essentially a clear bubble on a power platform - with sub pilot Randy Holt.
As an islander and as the President of the Republic of Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, I am well aware of the ocean's natural beauty. But our descent to 124m was a revelation as we passed through an incredible underwater world rich with marine life. In just one area, I saw seven different species of coral and countless varieties of fish. We passed by a hammerhead shark, a tropical sunfish and a manta ray more than 1.8m wide.