Flat seas are always a welcome luxury when diving in the open Pacific and our divers were treated to just that on Friday for our two-tank wreck/drift dives. Baby barge was our first destination, a wreck that sits in 85 feet which is home to a variety of sea turtles and moray eels; the water was a beautiful shade of purple/blue and the visibility was well over 100 feet. After a surface interval we dropped in at Spitting Caves for our drift dive. This site is always a pleasure as corals and turtles are abundant; we were even blessed with some white tip reef shark sightings.
It was another beautiful Hawaiian afternoon in Maunalua Bay aboard the Enzo as summer settles in. There was an eclectic assortment of first timers, open water scuba students, and certified divers on board which allowed for the creation of many different types of lasting memories. Hawaiian waters never cease to amaze and all were treated to turtles, moray eels, and stunning underwater topography.
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.
It was one of those spectacular days out on waters of the southeast side of Oahu. We had a nice group of divers today was we headed for the LCU for the first dive. There was a little rain but crystal clear, blue water as we tied up to the site. There was no current and a good 100+ ft viz. We had fish all over the wreck with schools of barracuda, snapper, and goatfish and even found a small white tip reef shark hiding under a cement block. Coming up from the dive we had no wind and completely calm water as we sat through our surface interval.
The day started out with some beautiful blue skies here on Maunalua Bay. We had a full boat, lots of students and some down right happy divers. Baby Barge was our first site of the day. We had some current today but all of our divers were up for the challenge. We were visited by turtles, eels and octopus at this site. Our photographers on the boat were pretty happy with all wild life at the boat of the sea.
Today was a wonderful day on the waters of south Oahu with a great group of divers. We had most of the boat diving enriched air nitrox with a few of the guys finishing up there EAN class. We had planned to tie up for the first dive but as we got to the barges we had a ripping current and opted for a barge drift. It is such a wonderful dive being able to drift past Baby Barge, New Barge, and the LCU in one dive. There were turtles all around the Baby Barge and fish life throughout the dive. We even saw two massive ulua on New Barge.
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.