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A good dive?

There may be a few criteria of a good diving experience. One of the top reasons I would call it a good dive… When the dive results in at least one really good photo.

This fellow was not in a cave, not in a wall, but out on the coral flats, and area not usually associated with great photo opportunities. Out on the flats the light is troublesome, in a cave or under an overhang I can control the light, eliminating the strong blue green hues that ruin so many photos. Under a coral head, I spot a fish just perched in the crevice. He did not move despite six or seven exposures with the camera a foot in front of him…

Redbarred Hawkfish

Redbarred hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus) perched in a reef crevice

Red Swimming Crab

Red swimming crab (Gonioinfradens paucidentata) in a reef ledge at Pentagon


A miniature garden of hydroids hang from a cave roof

Bluestripe Squirrelfish

Bluestripe squirrelfish (Sargocentron tiere) in a small cave at Pentagon

Dwarf Moray

A dwarf moray (Gymnothorax melatremus) in the cave wall at The Hive at 30′ depth

Gold Lace Nudibranch

A gold lace nudibranch (Halgerda terramtuentis) in the cave at Pentagon

Banded Moray

A banded moray (Echidna polyzona) in the coral at 30′ depth, Pentagon

Sphinx Nudibranch

A sphinx nudibranch (Phyllidiopsis sphingis) in a cave along the Puako wall

Long-Handed Spiny Lobster

Long-handed spiny lobster (Justitia longimana) in a wall at 100′


Trumpetfish (Aulostomus chinensis) hanging vertically along the Puako wall