Friday, November 18, 2005

USA - Hawai'i - Kauai - Koloa Landing

Dive Site - Koloa Landing, 2 dives
Operator - Bubbles Below -
Buddy - Justin (Instructor), Josh (PADI)
These were Josh's first dives, so the dive started with him on skills, though I hovered around the area checking out the aquatic life. The vis to start with, because it was a shore dive, was pretty miserable; however, that quickly corrected itself. The number of endemic species around Hawai'i is wonderful. These dives gave us the opportunity to see domino fish, lizardfish, surgeons, and many more! The best sight was the dragon eel, which I saw while Josh was doing his cert work, but didn't get to capture a great pic of.

We stayed pretty shallow (40'), so got over two hours of bottom time on these dives. They were great introductions to diving for Josh. My observations on this dive, having dove Kona and Maui before this, is that Kauai definitely lacks the color and variety of the main island. Whether it's the 3 degrees cooler water, or the sugar and the algae growth winning the algae/coral war, I couldn't tell you. Maybe both.

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