During a gap in family activities, a few of us took a short boat ride over to Lanai for some excellent diving and snorkeling. We dove with Extended Horizons (http://www.scubadivemaui.com), booked through Pacific Dive (http://www.pacificdive.com), and I must say the service was fantastic….very professional. I have wanted to dive Lanai for some time, so dropping in on "No Name Paradise" followed by "Cathedral #2" was met with great anticipation.
As usual in Hawaii, the
visibility was spectacular (100+). The coral is alive and vibrant and
definitely healthier than some of the reefs here on Oahu. Lack of urban
development on Lanai plays a large role in that (for a quick history
lesson about Lanai, very interesting, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanai).
The lava tubes and formations were majestic as well, almost as good
as Shark's Cove. (still ono in my book…means the best). One highlight
was a growth of Black Coral that grows on the roof of the Cathedral
#2. Our DM (dive master) told us that it happens to be a rare type that
has a white "albino" appearance to it. Very Photogenic!!!
I recommend the Cathedral dive sites to anyone, but do take Dramamine
if you don't do well on boats. The ride back across the channel even
made me, a veteran sailor, queasy!
In honor of this spooky holiday we have put together clips of some
of the more unusual and "frightful" creatures in the sea.
Easy shore entry, 35ft max
depth and abundant sea life makes this a great beginner dive site. However
beginners should stay on the outside of the rubble. The twisted piles
of concrete pillars and wharf sections create great visuals but also
tricky and potentially hazardous swim-thru's that should only be explored
by an experienced diver. Reef fish, Sea Turtles and White tip Sharks
can often be seen here.
Editors Side Note
Here today Gone to Maui
Just a few notes on our vacation through my eyes…while
in Maui, we stayed at the Napili Beach Surf Resort (http://www.napilisurf.com),
located on beautiful Napili Bay. Between the family activities such
as "picture day", a fun night of entertainment at Warren &
Annabelle's Magic show (http://www.warrenandannabelles.com)
and the big 85th birthday dinner, Drew took the family out snorkeling
and showed them some of the cool stuff that he usually finds on his
Stock Footage & Video dives from before
Just a reminder! We have accumulated a vast array of
footage from all of the dives that I have filmed. If you or someone
you know ever needs high quality footage of Hawaiian marine life, you
know whom to call. This also means that if you have been on a dive with
me and I was filming, there is a good chance there is a video available
from that dive. If you already purchased a video, I would love to hear
back from you. All comments are appreciated and will used to further
improve our product.
Clips taken from dives at:
Sharks cove 6-29-05, Kahe Pt 10-2-05,
Eva fish farm 8-6-05, Sea Tiger 10-19-05,
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