Updated compilation of underwater encounters with the beautiful ocean creatures of the Kona Coast.
Must-see! Amazing encounter from a few weeks ago. Two large and beautiful creatures meeting for the first time on camera, and also I shot/edited most of this!
Updated Hawaiian SCUBA Dives - Day & Night - Highlights
Earlier this week I got a shot of Koie - one of our most seen and well-known Manta Rays - swimming by Manta Ray Advocate and Professional Camerawoman Martina S. Wing.
Koie is a large female and you really get a good sense of scale with a human female right next to her.
Tonight I saw an undulated moray eel and a pufferfish down near the reef, ten Manta Rays, and when I was ascending at the end of the dive I stumbled upon a rare and beautiful creature - one of only 1100 known Hawaiian Monk Seals! She is marked H01 for easy identification, since the population is so small and critically endangered. The Hawaiian name for Monk Seals is Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which means “dog that runs through rough water” and she really does look like a cute 250kg dog!
Thanks to the good people at Neptune Charlie’s for taking me out on their boat both nights! Good vibes all around!
Me shooting at night with plankton in my lights at Garden Eel Cove, photo by Martina Wing of Manta Ray Advocates.
7am Dolphins outside Honokohau Harbor.
Lobsterzilla at Rabbi’s Reef.
All photos by me unless otherwise specified.
Sunset ride to Garden Eel Cove for the Manta Ray night dive.
A few photos of me at work by James L. Wing, and a few photos of me at play by Ryan Leinbach.
I tried to put party hats on Dolphins and make them sing Happy Birthday but they’re too smart for such foolishness so they sang their own song and ditched the hats. Happy Belated Birthday Weekend to four of my close friends.
Night time at the harbor. Gun the boat throttle and head three miles straight off shore.
Leap into the inky water and descend to 30ft; The ocean floor is 6000ft below.
Hover in the seemingly empty and impenetrable darkness. As your eyes adjust and your torch sweeps the endless shadows you will experience a unique private light show from the myriad of translucent and bioluminescent creatures surrounding you.
Welcome to Blackwater.
My first three dives using a camera - not a GoPro - were all boat dives. Two day dives - Pipe Dreams and Golden Arches - and one night dive at Manta Village.
Stay tuned for footage of me diving at Manta Heaven with dozens of Manta Rays, shot by the professionals at Manta Ray Advocates.
Music: “Debussy - Printemps, II. Modéré” by Jason Weinberger & wcfsymphony (jasonweinberger.com)
Two Saturday morning scuba dives to almost 30m and a few spontaneous “oh those are spotted and spinner dolphins quick stop the boat jump in” surface snorkel swims. Plus we saw Lefty Ray who is nearly 3m across and at least 40yrs old. Lots of colorful fish, other rays, and even a shy octopus who hid in her cave and squirted water at us when we got too close. Boat dives give lots of flexibility (plus great views, snacks, and conversation) but I’m looking forward to a shore dive next week with the hopes of seeing some large tiger sharks. (at Honokohau Harbor)
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Helicopter wreck at 50ft. Cessna wreck at 30ft.
Deep diving at Dutch Springs. 30ft for a Cessna. 40ft for chinook helicopter with American flag on the tail rotor. 85ft for army truck and poor visibility. Also at 40ft we found an instructional DVD about scuba gear.