Don and Deb over coral at Puako. By ©2010 Andrew Cooper.

Don and Deb over coral at Puako. By ©2010 Andrew Cooper.

Starfish Date 20100711.0900 D1: Surf Forecast called for choppy conditions on both East and West sides of Hawai’i today. We decided to go for a drive to check out Diving conditions at End of Road Puako. It was Fantastic!!!!!

It was in just the right position to be sheltered from the brunt of the wind, surf and surge. Although the water wasn’t as clear as we have seen it, it was better by far than I was expecting. Almost no noticeable surge either, unless you held still enough for a few minutes and made conscious note of it.

Garden Eels (Gorgasia hawaiiensis) at 80' depth at Puako. By ©2010 Andrew Cooper.

Garden Eels (Gorgasia hawaiiensis) at 80′ depth at Puako. By ©2010 Andrew Cooper.

We decided to go South today, and it turned up a new specie or two of Marine life. Due to the lack of surge, I got to enjoy the dive more instead of fighting to keep my position while I was looking at one bit of coral or another.

Realizing that without a camera, the dive is much more relaxed for me; but oh, the pictures I do not get … Like the Garden eels at about 80′:

‘Thick Cotton Ropes’ 😉 AND Summer Diving as well as Stout Moray — posted by Darkerview.com….

This is listed in those moments to remember! It’s times like this I’m a ‘Sucker’ for ‘Bottom’ time; BUT don’t confuse this with being ‘A Flounder’. 😎

Deb and Andy exploring the reef at Puako, photo ©2010 by Kirk Tateishi.

Deb and Andy exploring the reef at Puako, photo ©2010 by Kirk Tateishi.