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Turtle Cleaning Station

Turtle Cleaning Station

Green Turtle Hale O Honu is one of our favorite Kauai scuba diving sites. It is a very large and healthy coral reef that never fails to deliver a variety of exciting creatures. For most of the people we dive with, the favorite encounters are with the green turtles...

A Whale Tale

A Whale Tale

A whale tale refers to a story that's probably not true. This story is most assuredly true, though. At up to 52 feet in length and 40 tons weight, it's fair to say that Humpback whales are a big deal! More than in just the literal sense, though, whales really are a...

What? I Don’t See It

What? I Don’t See It

A few years ago there was an ad campaign that ran in several national level magazines. The ad was designed to promote recruitment to the US Navy Seals.  It had a picture of a swamp and a caption underneath that said “Pictured from left to right . . .”  I’m guessing...

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?

My experience as a professional scuba tour guide on Kauai has been that people are most interested in seeing the colorful tropical fish that are found here.  It’s common to come in from a dive and have someone ask a question like “What was that blue one with the...

I Wanna See More of Those!

I Wanna See More of Those!

For as long as I’ve been a diver, I’ve been particularly excited to get to see a nudibranch.  The first part of the name ‘nudibranch’ does mean “naked” but that has nothing to do with why they’re exciting to see! The word "nudibranch"  comes from Latin; “Nudi” means...

To Boldly Go. . .

To Boldly Go. . .

It would be fair to say that scuba diving is not for everybody.  Some people don’t really want to while others can’t do it even if they want to.  One of my best friends from California wants to be a diver but he has a problem with his left ear which prevents him from...

Save Yourself – Go Dive!

Save Yourself – Go Dive!

I dive here on Kauai with a lot of people who are new to scuba.  Many of the same questions get asked, including the inevitable “What about sharks?”  My standard answer is “Let’s cross our fingers and hope we get to see one today.” The real motivation behind a...

Turtles Rule!

Turtles Rule!

I have yet to meet the person who is not excited for a chance to come face to face with a Green Sea Turtle.  The day I do, I will probably run for my life because there's something seriously wrong with that guy. Let's be real - how can you not just love such a...

There be dragons here

There be dragons here

Dragons, as most people understand them, are mythical creatures - huge fire breathing reptiles that can fly and sometimes even speak human language. That idea is nonsense but dragons do exist! According to the Maui Ocean Center, there are 42 species of eel that can be...

A Regular Day

A Regular Day

We were having a pretty regular day of scuba diving at Koloa Landing the other day.  In other words, it was spectacular!!!  Looking at the picture below you might think we were in a less interesting area of the reef.  You'd be wrong.  The rubble flats are home to some...