Category: Diving-Snorkeling

Another Sunday Dive missed because…

I work at a pre-school … Well … In a round-about way, that is…

We do try to teach the children to “share” … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Sometimes, maybe they get a little “carried away”?!?!? 8) It’s still the best job I can remember working in all of my work experience!

Continuing recovery from an unknown-not-before-dealt-with cold that my immune system was not prepared for, I remained at home while Andy packed up his gear and headed for Puakล, End-of-Road dive site :'(

While Andy and others were diving; and I, not having any new underwater photos to post my “WAAAAH” around, watched my favorite prime time shows online and found this video! ๐Ÿ˜Ž … Then linked to this video.

Since none of our usual group had “Slingshots”, I sure am GLAD that Andy and our diving group buddies only encountered a few Reef Sharks on their Sunday dive without me … ๐Ÿ˜› … ๐Ÿ˜‰

This way to “Disclaimers, propaganda, and defense pitches” –>>>>

Jeff L. is the winner of the “Join the Movement” grand prize trip to Italy….

Yes – “cheesy and corny”; but if I get just the slightest ‘reactive groan’ from Andy, then my intent has been accomplished; and I have obtained some satisfaction since he DID have sooooo much FUN!

AND… Yes – dive instructors as well as public relations officers are trying to “educate people so they don’t fear sharks” or harm sharks or chase sharks or …

This video is so off-the-wall silly with a ‘B’ rate movie feel that it should not be taken seriously by anyone except for the propaganda theme supporting the Slingshots and that it’s a clever contest entry! THAT WON! ๐Ÿ˜€

Jeff L. also mentions the necessity of having your equipment in good working order and this is important what ever you are doing. The rest is just plain FUN!

*A note that I filed away about these fins: The Aqua Lung Slingshots are a bit on the heavy side of the scale. If you are traveling much or very far, you may want to take into consideration the cost of checked baggage and the weight limits imposed. ๐Ÿ˜‰


From Weekends Past…

Icon-Show-n-Tell

Christmas is VERY Close!

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) at 45 feet off of Black Point, Kohala.


Diving at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area…

Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area

Another new dive spot that we checked out on November 14, 2009. The Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. We met several friends from Keck that have formed our usual dive group at the end of the old runway (I am sure that we would welcome more divers to go with us). I scoped out the available facilities and noted fresh water showers as well as restrooms that were very conveniently close to the point of the beach where we chose to make our entry. A wonderfully unexpected surprise.

Our Shore Diving Entry Point at Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.

Our Shore Diving Entry Point at Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.

There are two detailed postings at Darkerview.com: “Diving the Old Kona Airport” and “Diving with the Canon G11” (These links are awaiting repair by Darkerview) including some great photos from the dive. I will try not to reiterate too many of the ones Andy posted. I will certainly post some photos that he has not posted ๐Ÿ˜‰ The entry was a bit slow and cautious with a very rock covered ‘floor’; but there was little to no sand around to get in the gear before we entered the water.

Soft Coral at Old Kona Airport Dive Site.  Still searching for accurate ID.

Soft Coral at Old Kona Airport Dive Site. Still searching for accurate ID.

The strong surge made it difficult to put on my fins; but with Andy’s help, I was geared up and we were on our way. Now we traverse the strong waves while surface swimming to the part of the reef where we wanted to start the dive. Once we submerged, it was very nice and reasonably calm. Only a hint of the strong surge that was on the surface. The water temperature was brisk when we first got our feet wet; and when we reached the bottom, it was warm enough for much longer than I had anticipated. This made for a long (66 minutes), very enjoyable dive! The Coral structures were very intriguing as we noted soft corals and corals in shapes like mushrooms, and huts as well as the occasional large piece that resembled dinner vegetables! I will be happy to go diving here again!

A Disappearing Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus evanidus) at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.

A Disappearing Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus evanidus) at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area.

Numerous fish of most all of the usual suspects! There were Yellow Tang, Trumpetfish, Hawaiian Dasyllus, Long-nose Butterflyfish, Arc-eye Hawkfish, schools of Goatfish, Lei (Whiteline) Triggerfish, Parrotfish, Moorish Idol [and/or Pennant Butterflyfish], and several that I saw but did not make specific note of such as the Disappearing Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus evanidus).

The photos will help with some of the ID’s and they often surprise me with what I capture along with the intended target. Oddly enough I only saw one Moray Eel (a Whitemouth Moray) that Andy pointed out to me so that I could photograph it. He also brought my attention to the Nudibranch that he located in the sand in a Coral ‘valley’ and I also photographed it.

The Reef Shark were notably absent even though I have been told that they are there. There is certainly enough interest and life at this dive spot to give me reason to come back! Like the large, dark caves that call for exploration; and the sloping drop that echoes “come closer…deeper…” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) at Old Kona Airport Dive Site.

Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) at Old Kona Airport Dive Site.


Go Diving with Us…

A collection of our photographs and video clips to take you diving…
at least a virtual experience:

On The Reef from Andrew Cooper on Vimeo.

Exploring the reefs of the Island of Hawai'i. A small sample of the creatures that inhabit a fascinating ecosystem. A little video, still photos and some appropriate music to complete the scene.

This is a substantial revision of an older version, now in full HD and with new photographic material.

This post was updated on July 6, 2016 ๐Ÿ˜‰


Bubbles from the Deep…

Common Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus), lauwiliwili nukunuku 'oi'oi at 33ft swimming through Lobe Coral (Porites lobata)

Common Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus), lauwiliwili nukunuku ‘oi’oi at 33ft swimming through Lobe Coral (Porites lobata)


Four-Wheel Diving!?

The unnamed beach where we made our entry. Photo by Andrew Cooper

Yep! Four-Wheel Diving on May 31, 2009 along the North Kohala Coast on the Big Island! Okay. Maybe the vehicles didn’t get wet; but it was quite the road to get to the dive site! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Will we make it back up after we have exhausted ourselves in the dive?

Everyone in today’s group met at Kohala Divers at 9:30am, and we caravan up the Kohala Coast from there to find our dive spot for the day!

An Urchin shell becomes home to a small, very fast entity at 46ft.

We’re all here! We gather some suggestions from the dive shop personnel and we’re off!

~Check out one possible: Mmmm…NOPE.

~Check out next possible: Bump, thump…Mmmm…YIKES! No way!

~Check out third possible: Watch that first bit off the highway … umph … bump … ka-thump … Hmmm … this looks passable. Uh, oh … didn’t see that one coming … well, hmmm, hey, it wasn’t that bad … Hooray, we are almost there! Ummmm … how do we get down THAT? Ah ha, there it is … Whew … we made it!

This is p r e t t y! WOW! Let’s gear up and go diving! FIRST, we scout the area to get familiar with our surroundings and to find the best path of entry that is safest for marine life and for us!

Thomas is carefully taking a CLOSER look into the reef.

Okay, now let’s gear up and go diving! Slippery entry where the rocks have a thin layer of alga; but take it slow, one step at a time and the entry is fairly easy. Hmmm, the water is warming up as we move into summer. A little murky close into shore; but looks promising out a bit further on the reef – way out from shore. Oooooh! Now that is a pod of dolphins – spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris longirostris) that is! My camera was not ready ๐Ÿ™ But Andy’s was! If he ever puts it back on his blog, you can Check out his entry at DarkerView.com!

Bubbles over a Coral Seascape. Looking up from about 35ft.

Yes! We are starting to see more fish and less murk! ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, this looks good! Let’s go down here! When I get to the sandy bottom at 46ft, I find an Urchin shell that became home to a small, very fast entity that was in and out of the coral around it, then BACK in the Urchin shell. I was not fast enough (nor was my camera) to snap a picture of it in the short time that I dallied so an ID was not possible and there was so much more to see before I breathe my air tank to its safe limits. The sandy bottom and coral ‘walls’ along its sides made an interesting channel to explore.

Eeeeek! We both seem to exclaim as I nearly put my gloved hand right on top of him in one (1) foot of water?! A Snowflake Moray (Echidna nebulosa).

Even though the sand did not have any life in evidence and it took a little while to get to where more fish were hanging out, the coral made it very picturesque! Towers or mounds here and there. Low coral ridges dotted about the sea floor. Although pictures cannot begin to do its beauty justice (even after some modifying), I did my best to capture an essence of what the dive was like in person!

Despite the particles and murk in the water, it was still something special to see!

Then we had made our way around a point of coral reef and found LIFE – Marine Life! The fish that had been scarce until now, some shells that still housed their inhabitants, live Urchins; and down in some caves, some LARGE Lobster, and other night dwellers! I photographed a Crown-of-Thorns Star (Acanthaster planci) at 30ft and it turned a nice red because I ‘Flashed’ it.

On my way to shore to get out of the water and make our way to lunch, I literally stumbled across a Snowflake Moray (Echidna nebulosa) by almost landing a gloved hand right on top of him or in his mouth as it would have been! Glad I still had my face in the water and was able to take pictures instead! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now to find my land legs again… What a great dive!

The long, winding and bumpy road back to the top.


Bubbles from the Deep …

In a coral reef habitat, any surface is a candidate for a new home! ๐Ÿ™‚