|Monokini is a crescent shaped volcano crater, off Maui, popular with divers|
|Well, one of us enjoyed boating around.|
All I expected was to get out and enjoy some snorkeling in prime reef areas. On the way to Monokini however, an enticing proposition was offered up, as the boat offered 'Snuba' diving. Huh? Well, as Jeannie who has done it in the past explained to me, Snuba is diving with an oxygen tank that is at the surface of the water on a raft. The diver attaches to the tank via a long air hose. Unlike Scuba, there is no need for scuba certification. I had no hesitation to try it. The cost was as much as the amount we'd already spent for the boat trip itself, but for me it was like being a cat offered catnip. I am all about being underwater. Jeannie and Jordan opted to stick with some scenic snorkeling.
Prior to the Snuba dive, all participants heard to a short talk on how to Snuba & live to tell the tale. The most emphasized point was to move - slowly, and at that, I am a PRO. Our diving master got us each outfitted with hefty weight belts. I had to have quite a bit of weight for my belt to counteract my uber-boyant fat. Our dive master - who wore regular scuba gear - even added additional weight to my belt once I was in the water. Then soon I was experiencing the joy of staying underwater as if I'd magically grown gills.
|The Dive Master took photos of all his pod members|
Can you guess which one this is?
|One of these creatures has to get to the surface to breathe in a bit... in your face Manatee!|
|On the upper right you can see a raft holding a scuba tank|
at the surface, and the hose leading down to snuba divers.
|Lots of coral below and plenty of little fish for me to stare at.|
|And not a few BIG fishies: Pinktail Durgeon Triggerfish|
On the way three or four Spinner Dolphins were spotted. The boat stopped so we could all watch the dazzling dolphins leaping from the water, twisting in the air, seemingly just for the joy of it. I didn't manage any photos of the dolphins, they were too fast. When the dolphins headed off, we continued on the way to the Turtle Town site and sure enough a couple of turtles were spotted at the surface.
|Not the best picture, but trust me, that's a Hawaiian Green Turtle or 'Honu'.|
|Bluespine Unicornfish, politely staring at me|
|A school of Unicornfish moving along|
|Turtle Town lived up to its promise, several turtles swam around|
|Tiny little Hawaiian Pufferfish|
|Trumpetfish, its face on the left, spotty tail on the right|
And the Humu-humu-nuka-nuka'apu'a'a' swam by...
|Picasso Triggerfish, or Humuhumunukanuka'apua'a, the Hawaii state fish|