Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Snorkeling in Kauai with Hawaiian Monk Seals

Sometimes, it is the simple things that make us happy. I will be the first to tell you that I love diving and would much prefer diving to snorkeling. However, everything has its time and place. I have learned that snorklers are people, too! We have added a really awesome snorkel tour that is just as fun, safe and easy as everything else that we do. Lots of cool stuff to see here. 

While walking down to the beach, we stopped to say hello to a couple of the local Hawaiian Monk Seals (that can only be found in the islands).
The Hawaiian Monk Seal is a species that is considered endemic to the islands. The word endemic means that the species is unique to a region (i.e., is found no where else) and is believed to have evolved there. Many other species found in Hawaii are considered indigenous, which means that they arrived in the islands under natural conditions such as by wind or by water, but can also be found in a number of different regions. Examples of animals indigenous to Hawaii are the humpback whale, the green sea turtle, and the Laysan albatross. 

Many believe monk seals got their name from their monk-like preference for solitude; others think that the loose skin around the seals' neck resembles the hood of a monk's robe. Ancient Hawaiians apparently thought neither and named the seal Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which means "dog that runs in rough waters," referring somewhat back to their ancestral history. Monk seals are also sometimes referred to as "living fossils" because as the oldest living members of the pinniped order they have remained virtually unchanged for 15 million years.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jordan Saves A Turtle

Opportunity often knocks, but do you listen. Not too long ago, Jordan had the opportunity to help one of our sea friends. One of our local turtle buddies was caught up in some fishing line. This poor guy was actually stuck on the bottom of the reef, unable to move because of the line wrapped around his neck. A couple of divers that were with Jordan snapped these photos as he cut the turtle free. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to make a special difference in the water. Thanks, Jordan.

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Koloa Landing 12/19/2008

Well, it still looks kinda rough at Koloa...but the forecast looks great for the next few days! We should be back in the water by Monday and we hope to see you there!

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For those of you who have yet to visit scubaboard.com, here is your official invitation. Scubaboard.com is a fantastic way to learn about scuba and meet knowledgeable people (some of whom you will get to meet in person). We have all learned a lot from this fantastic resource and wish to share it with everyone. Here is a picture of DMJULIE (Dive Monster Julie) and AASCUBAGIRL with some members of scubaboard.  Please visit their site:

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More Rain...

Here we are again, cleaning up Koloa Landing. December has yet to be kind to divers :( Well, good news! Conditions are clearing up and getting much better. We look forward to the week of Christmas for conditions to get better. We have sunny days and no rain forcasted for the next several days (yeah!). Hope to see you underwater soon!


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Friday, December 12, 2008

Koloa Landing clean-up: Day 2

We were back down at the Landing [Koloa] again today to finish our clean-up project. Much mahalos to the following:

Mike, Mike and Steve from Kaua'i Down Under
Rob from Fathom Five
Matt from KAS
Mike, Leah, Randy and Anthony from Aquatic Adventures

Today was a volunteer project and all the participation was helpful to not only clean the debris from the storm, but also to clean up some of the trash that has been at the Landing since the last clean-up project. Hopefully, the water will clear up in the next few days and we will be able to get back in and blow some bubbles. Thanks to all of you for your continued support.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Today at Koloa Landing

There are some of you out there who may or may not be familiar with the guy in the picture on the right. His name is Anthony (McScuba to us). What you may not know, is that Anthony is someone who really cares about not only Scuba Diving, but he also cares about Kaua'i! Today I drove down to the Landing [Koloa] to check out the ocean conditions. I was amazed to find Anthony down there cleaning up from the big storm that we had last night. Now I know that some of you will be suprised to hear this. Some of you are probably thinking that this does not sound like the Anthony I know. Well, let me tell you, it is not. Because if you don't think this sounds like Anthony, you don't know him. I just wanted to publicly thank Anthony for doing something that no one else took the time or effort to do.

Some of you may not remember, but the same thing happened to the landing on December 7th of last year. I was the one that was down there cleaning up. Well, tomorrow, 12/12/08, at 8:00am, we are going to have a clean up, to finish what Anthony started. You are all invited to come down and help. We already have commitments from Aquatic Adventures, Sacred Sea/Kauai Down Under and Fathom Five/Ocean Quest to help out. The more the merrier. Thank you to all of you who have helped in the past and are coming to help again.

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