Timothy and Margaret's 12th Anniversary Trip to Hawaii's Big Island

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Above and below Kealakekua Bay


The Captain Cook monument, marking the area where he is believed to have met his untimely end. 107 feet below the surface someone has created a replica of the monument out of cinder blocks! The crown of thorns star fish that causes so much damage on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Coral close-up.


Diving at Golden Arches


Timothy preparing for our first lesson in becoming advanced open water divers. So far so good. Even though the peacock grouper was only introduced recently, it has developed a symbiotic relationship with the whitemouth moray. These bluestripe snappers school beneath two arches, giving the golden arches its name.

An arc-eye hawkfish. Every dive ends with a three minute "safety stop" at five metres to expunge nitrogen from the body. Margaret demonstrating peak bouyancy control.  


Diving at Turtle Pinnacle


Spinner dolphins often played at the bow of the dive boat. This racoon butterly fish photograph has been "post processed" to show its true colours.    


Diving at Garden Eels


A whitemouth moray. Say "ahhh". A black and white sea urchin. Beyond the reef is a drop-off, where jacks and other larger fish can be found schooling.

Our first night dive, and our first dive with manta rays. They are truly gentle giants, feeding only upon plankton.   A movie of a manta - requires Windows Media Player (available for Windows and Mac)

An undulated moray, hunting at night.      


Hawaii Volcano National Park


Margaret at Pumalu'u black sand beach. An ancient petroglyph carved into a lava flow. Where the lava meets the ocean, clouds of steam billow forth. At night the lava illuminates the steam with an orange glow.

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