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Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA
Kaui - an Island of Hawaii, USA
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Aquatic but Non-Marine Life
Vancouver Island, B.C.
Scuba Diving Pictures from Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, USA
These are medium quality jpegs. But I have the RAW images as well.
Email tjfidler@telus.net
Directions to the Dive Site are located at the bottom of the page.
Type of dive: boat dive, but I know you can get here by car as well as I could see people on the beach.
Rating for this dive site: 8.5/10
Parking: N/A
Boat ramp: N/A
Bathroom/Washroom/Toilet: N/A
Ease of entry: 10/10 if using a boat. [Wheel chair access: No]
Abundance of life: 8.5/10
Accommodations:  There are several hotels and other places to stay in Kailua-Kona.
Attractions: Lots of life here.
Bottom and depth: Generally above 60 feet [20 metres] but there is a sharp drop off near-by, not quire a wall.
Facilities: N/A
Hazards/Obstacles: None.
Sensitivity to tide/current: Does not seem to be sensitive to tide or current.
Terrain: combination of solid rock, sand and corals of various kinds.
Tides, transportation and weather:




The following images are thumbnails. If you click on them a larger image will open up and the picture will take up most of your screen. Again these are medium qualifty jpegs. If you ask nicely I may be able to provide a higher quality image.

A few people have already asked me about "What is that pink stuff on the rocks in some of the pictures?" Well, they're usually Pink Rock Crust (aka Encrusting Coralline Algae) or in some cases might even be Encrusting Hydrocorals. They're eaten by a variety of animals - apparently as a good source of calcium.

Links to the various groups of organisms:
Cephalopods, Crustaceans, Fish, Mollusks, Nudibranchs, Sea Anemones, Sea Cucumbers & Echinoderms, Sponges, Tunicates, Worms, Miscellaneous

Cephalopods

Octopus

Octopus looking out from the entrance of its den. (May 22, 2008)



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Crustaceans

Banded Coral Shrimp
Spiny Lobster
Banded Coral Shrimp ~ 5 inches [12.5cm] wide. If you look closely it actually takes
up most of the centre of the image. I was actually hanging upside down to take this
picture. This was the only cleaner shrimp I saw, and the first crustacean I ran into.
(May 22, 2008)
Spiny Lobster ~ 18 inches [45 cm] for the body length. Saw this one during the day
and a couple of them at night. Definitely if you want to see crustaceans night time is
the best time for these in Hawaii. Unlike British Columbia where they are out at all
times of the day. Of course we don't have any large lobsters in the Pacific North
West. (May 22, 2008)

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Fish

Yellowmargin Moray Eel
Dwarf Moray
Yellowmargin Moray Eel (May 22, 2008) Dwarf Moray (May 22, 2008)
White Mouth Moray
Yellowmargin Moray
White Mouth Moray (May 22, 2008) Yellowmargin Moray (May 22, 2008)
Arceye Hawkfish
Arc-Eye Hawkfish
Arc-Eye Hawkfish ~ 6 inches [15 cm] long. These fish were common but quick to
move away from me. I was almost frustrated initially, but finally ran into a couple of
them that stayed still long enough for me to take a picture of them. (May 22, 2008)
Arc-Eye Hawkfish
(May 22, 2008)
Arc-Eye Hawkfish
Blacksided Hawkfish
Arc-Eye Hawkfish (May 22, 2008) Blacksided Hawkfish (May 22, 2008)
Four Spot Butterfly Fish
Bluestripe Snapper
Fourspot Buttefly Fish (May 22, 2008) Bluestripe Snappers (May 22, 2008)
Manybar Goatfish
Manta Ray and a scuba diver
Manybar Goatfish (May 22, 2008) Manta Ray and a scuba diver (May 22, 2008)
two Manta Rays
Manta Ray and zoo-plankton
Two Manta Rays (May 22, 2008)
Manta Ray and zoo-plankton (May 22, 2008)


Here's a video of the Manta Ray dive we did. This is from the same dive that I took
the previous photographs from. Note the column of fish in the center above the sets
of dive lights located in the center of the divers. There were around 40+ divers.
 (May 22, 2008)
Orange Spine Unicorn Fish [Umaumalei - hawaiin name] is one of many different
kinds of tangs found in the Hawaiian islands. Most are algae eaters and keep the reef
free of coral-smothering algae.


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Sea Anemones ( Cnidarians )

Orange Cup Corals
Orange Cup Corals
Orange Cup Corals under the Golden Arches near Kona. (May 22, 2008) Orange Cup Corals - these were also located on the same ceiling of the arch way.
Note all the air pockets. Hopefully they had no negative effect on them.
(May 22, 2008)

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 Sea Cucumbers & Starfish ( Echinoderms )

Banded Urchin
Crown-Of-Thorns Star
Banded Urchin ~ 12 inches [30 cm] (May 22, 2008) Crown-Of-Thorns Star ~ 14 inches [35 cm] across.
I was quite surprised how few star fish were here in comparison to the Pacific
Northwest of North America. More were visible at night. (May 22, 2008)
Urchins on dead coral
Spiky Sea Cucumber
Urchins on dead coral (May 22, 2008) Spiky Sea Cucumber (May 22, 2008)

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Worms

Divided Flatworm

Divided Flatworm (May 22, 2008)

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Miscellaneous

Hawkbilled Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle. One of only a couple of pictures that I have of marine reptiles.
(May 22, 2008)
Hawksbill Sea Turtle (May 22, 2008)
Pink Encrusting Algae

Pink Encrusting Algae - looks identical the the pink encrusting algae that we have
in British Columbia. (May 22, 2008)


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