Beautiful water, nice breezes, and a very eager crew of certs, DSD’s, and students made for a very nice day out in the bay. Captian Shiloh, Instructors Carl, Evans, and myself got everyone ready and briefed. We started out on “Back Crater” of “Koko Craters”. Our max depth there was 36 ft with a mild current, but visibility there was great! We saw quite a few things such as turtles, scorpion fish, trumpetfish, and even a fallen statue of a guard. All in all it was a great dive.
A FANTASTIC DAY broke out on Sunday for the Island Divers Hawaii Sunday 3 Tanker that was full to capacity! Joining us for a day full of adventures was Donald, Jerry, Kevin, Hanza, Veronique, James, Jennifer, Justin, Kevin, William, Paul, Phillip, Rebecca, and Steve. With the boat locked and loaded we set out to Maunalua Bay to find our first drop site… Corsair!
The great weather we are used to returned on Wednesday as our boat the Enzo left the dock with a small group of 4 divers. Joining us today were Jonathan, Joshua, Lara, and Timur who were treated to a private charter to dive where they wanted. After a quick vote the site was chosen… Corsair!
Weather or not… that was the question our hearty band of divers faced this morning as the weather gods did all they could to try to diminish their enthusiasm for the day ahead. Chris, Grant, Chris F, Gwyn, James, James S, Justin, Mark, Landyn, Sam, Michael, and Melissa all said “Lets Shove Off!” and we set off for a day of fun on our trusty ship the Enzo.
What a beauty of a Sunday it turned out to be as our Divers began their morning getting checked in to Island Divers Hawaii Kai shop. Andy, Brian, Chris, James, and Jonathan climbed aboard the Enzo in search of adventure in the blue waters of Maunalua Bay. After an in depth briefing and a short ride out we reached our first destination… LCU. The waters were calm and the visibility was around 75 ft as we descended down the lines to the wreck. Plenty of reef fish, an Octopus, and a large school of Pacific Barracuda make this site their home.
Braving some moderate winds and some surface chop, our certified divers boarded the Enzo looking for high adventure under the rolling ocean. Divers Brian S., Brian B., Carlos, Craig, Devon, Jared, Paul, Dray, and Megan, were set to dive out in Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai. After gearing up and getting our boat and dive briefings we were headed out to the bay and our first stop: the Landing Craft Utility or LCU.
The winds had died down from the weekend and we pulled out of the marina heading to LCU. The water was clear and the viability was amazing. There was a slight current but it was no challenge for our set of fantastic divers. As we dropped on the wreck we were met but a huge school of barracuda! This is always an incredible site to see so many of them together. After checking out the underside of the boat we made our way out into the Z Blocks. We were not let down with the sea life out there. One of our favorite small white tip reef sharks was sleeping in his usual lair. We were also greeted by 11…yes ELEVEN Eagle Rays. This was a beautiful dive today.
The Ocean, it inspires us all with wonder and fear but then again it’s what drives our pioneering ambition to little-known waters. The waters in which I dwell and call home, this is what I want to share and teach others the same sensation of discovery as I once had. Michelle Olson and Sarah Williams who are the two of the many divers I had taught have grasped the same pioneering spirit from this early morning experience out on the beautiful vessel known as The Fox, where we have dove down to the crumpled and decaying wreck we call Baby Barge to the ever illustrious Spitting Caves with it’s range of aquatic sea creatures from White Tips to the concealed Frog-fish. For that, I would like to say thank you to Sarah and Michelle for choosing us as your way of learning how to dive, and hope that you continue this journey for many years to come.
With the 4th of July celebrations at an end the diving continues and we were all ready to get into the water. Heading out for the morning we were still fighting high winds and heavy currents but were not deterred and charged to one of our best sites, the LCU (Landing Craft Utility) vehicle. At a max depth of 95ft and with visibility reaching 100+ we could easily see the wreck from the surface.