Diving Puakō

Another weekend, another dive. This time at one of our favorite dive spots, Puakō End-of-Road. It was just Deb and I this time. The usual crew was out this weekend as well, but we had other goals in mind for the dive and choose to go to a closer site.

Brick Soldierfish
Brick Soldierfish (Myripristis amaena) in a cave at Puakō
One goal for the dive was testing some new kit. The new regulator performed pleasingly well, very easy breathing. Need to test it deeper, but for a first dive with new gear we kept it easy, around 40′ maximum depth. One issue is the mouthpiece, that simply has to change! I will be taking the mouthpiece off my old reg before the next dive. Need to rearrange the hoses as well, these

The other pleasant surprise was finding two new species of nudibranch. As Deb and I were diving without the rest of the crew, I was particularly slow. As usual poking my head into every nook and cranny. The result was finding examples of Phyllidiella rosans and Phyllidiopsis sphingis.

Going slow and shallow had another effect, almost 80 minutes underwater. Not a record for us, but high on the list of our longer dives. Not bad for a single aluminum 80 cylinder.

A nice Saturday dive, another hour spent underwater, and some new stuff found. A good day.

Author: Andrew

An electrical engineer, amateur astronomer, and diver, living and working on the island of Hawaiʻi.

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