Tag: Beach

Oooooh Nooooo! It has been happening all too frequently…

The increasing time between dives when I find myself approaching the dangers of “Bottom Time” withdrawal!!!!

Snorkeling with MY Sister and Andy at Beach 69!  Photo ©2007 Andrew Cooper behind the lens!

Snorkeling with MY Sister and Andy at Beach 69! Photo ©2007 Andrew Cooper behind the lens!

Bottom Time” – It is how we calculate each dive to determine how long we need to remain surfaced to allow the nitrogen to sufficiently escape from our bodies before we submerge for more Bottom Time (BT). Cumulative BT is also used to determine diver experience. Snorkeling helps to prevent withdrawal; however, after a long enough period of only getting to snorkeling depths, let alone out of the water all together, MY ‘gills’ get VERY dry!

I ‘NEED’ the pressure of 40 to 80 foot depths with a diving tank to infuse the water deep into the ‘gill’ tissues to fully saturate so that I can survive the ‘landlocked’ periods no matter how long they may be. Similar to a bear getting ready for hibernation. 😉 A dive was attempted before our summer get-away to Alaska where the bear are just coming out of their winter sleep; but the weather did not cooperate. 🙁

A Happy Dive Group. We located an acceptable dive site today! ©2011 Andrew Cooper behind the lens.

A Happy Dive Group. We located an acceptable dive site today! ©2011 Andrew Cooper behind the lens.

July 31, 2011: At LOOOOONG LAST!!! I got BT again, just before the withdrawal began to get serious; and the breathing gasps for tank air started!!! 😀 Today, with strong determination, we looked at several shore sites to go diving from before we found one that was sheltered enough from the surge and wave action where we would not have more of a challenge than fun in the water.

The site we found was Pine Trees Beach. Tucked in from the outer edges of the Kona Coast just enough to have the waves role by and flatten a bit before it reached the small beach where it is fairly easy to enter and exit the water. But, be ready to either descend right away and swim along the bottom; or tuck yourself up close to the waters edge and snorkel as you make your way out to the reef because this IS a high boat traffic area. It is especially popular with the dive boat operations! 😎

A seen from Holoholokai; but very similar to what I observed at Pine Trees. ©2011 Deborah Cooper.

A seen from Holoholokai; but very similar to what I observed at Pine Trees. ©2011 Deborah Cooper.

Depth starts shallow at 20-40 feet (Some divers were getting open water certs), and quickly dips to more than 100 feet but it is a smooth transition. It is also view-filled so I was surprised to look at my depth to see 80 feet! It felt like we had just descended even though our starting bottom depth was only 40 feet and just a few kicks earlier! :-O

We had already observed an Eagle Ray or two, many Tang, a few Arc Eye Hawkfish, some Goatfish, and much more. It is little wonder that the depth escaped my scrutiny. Around 85-90 feet, I saw a few Garden Eel in the distance. There was an interesting shape on the sandy bottom that was well covered by Coral Colony, and it looked like it had once been a wood transport pallet.

Pine Trees shore dive site is a strong rival to Puako End-Of-Road, my favorite dive site on the Big Island; and a dive site we frequent regularly. Pine Trees will receive more attention from us in the future. In this one dive, we barely broke the water surface tension on the discoveries that are available.

Other than the dive mentioned here, I am having trouble remembering when my last BT Infusion was done! I know that A Darker View has posted something about this dive and some of the photos that he took, too; but I will not dare to assume when these items were scheduled to post since he has so many articles scheduled ahead in his “Drafts”.


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Holoholokai…? Story? Oh Yes!

November 28, 2010: We explored in and around the caves of the waters at Holoholokai Beach Park, Kohala. This dive helped me narrowly avoid serious “bottom time” withdrawal; and a case of “DRY Gills”! 😉

Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) in a cave at Holoholokai!  Photo ©2010 Deborah Cooper behind the lens.

Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) in a cave at Holoholokai! Photo ©2010 Deborah Cooper behind the lens.

Beautiful caves with “sky lights” allowing the sun’s rays to dance gracefully about the shadows of the depths, and giving us glimpses as well as photographic opportunities of several marine animals that make themselves scarce in the daylight hours. We found their “hiding” place 😉

We found a Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) and some fish commonly referred to as Squirrel Fish. These caves, with Andy’s help, also presented me the opportunity to finally photograph a Nudibranch that I had not seen before. Nudibranchs and Flatworms are both very interesting life-forms indeed!

Puako-End-of-Road; is only a few hundred yards to the north of Holoholokai. Using DarkerView’s words here, “We had also been boat diving in front of The Orchid, just a few hundred yards to the south.” Yet, it took me this long to visit Holoholokai from the shore and find its easy access underwater charm?


This Rubbish did not Soil my Dive!

Early in the week, I get a call from Dave at Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures with an invitation to join them again this year for a trashy dive…huhhmmm…

One Small Group of Dive Buddies: Dave, Lori, Joy, and Deb.  A few of the many that turned out to support the efforts.

One Small Group of Dive Buddies: Dave, Lori, Joy, and Deb. A few of the many that turned out to support the efforts.

I mean another Puako Beach Clean-up Dive on Saturday morning, September 18th 😉

Both Andy and I joined in on last year’s effort on September 12; but, “sadly”, Andy had to work on the Mountain this year on the scheduled date. This year, while he was on Mauna Kea Summit, I went shore diving bringing in rubbish of all types and taking pictures as best as I could in the murky water so near the Puako Bay shoreline.

When it is now so much a Part of the Reef that it would destroy more of the coral than would be benefited, we leave it embedded.

When it is now so much a Part of the Reef that it would destroy more of the coral than would be benefited, we leave it embedded.

We didn’t have to dive very deep to bring up a lot of rubbish such as car tires, a vehicle break cylinder, numerous drink cans (what a waste of HI-5‘s!),

Catch of the Day:  A nice sized anchor!

Catch of the Day: A nice sized anchor!

yards of abandoned fishing line with a couple of large hooks attached, some golf balls, a few “what’s its”, and a boat anchor (Lori got her workout on that one) — and that was just what was pulled out of the water.

The take for the day.

The take for the day.

The onshore team gathered up way too many cigarette butts, a rusty section of barbed wire fence with rusty posts, a dirty diaper or two, more golf balls, and a few more “what’s its”!

Off to the Waste Disposal site so near the Bay. Why this gets dumped in the Bay instead... ??? ...

Off to the Waste Disposal site so near the Bay. Why this gets dumped in the Bay instead… ??? …

The “what’s its” lead to some interesting speculation of what the former function was prior to becoming rusty litter :-O Much laughter ensued from the comments put forth!

All was not depressing, however! 🙂


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 😉 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…” 😉

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

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


Bubbles from the Deep…

Bigfin Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) & Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) observed and moving fast at Horseshoe Dive Site, Kawaihae, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.

Bigfin Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) & Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) observed and moving fast at Horseshoe Dive Site, Kawaihae, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.


A Feat in Feet Photos :-D

The ”Feet” photo was a fun photo to play with. We went to our favorite beach on a relatively ”flat water” day…by the time I got the picture I was after and had a good swim, the waves were breaking high on the sand and soaking a lot of the beach…

A gentle 'flat to knee' height Surge Morphing to Surf at Beach '69 while we had fun!

A gentle ‘flat to knee’ height Surge Morphing to Surf at Beach ’69 while we had fun!

Water has a mind of its own and so I took many, many pictures in the attempt…
Nope...(but recovering was fun!)

Nope…(but recovering was fun!)

Still Nope...

Still Nope…

Nope, but getting closer...

Nope, but getting closer…

Got It!"...That''s the one!...

Got It!”…That”s the one!…