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Bumping up the number of Species


I have always enjoyed snorkeling.  It's a calm way to explore a whole new world that often just feet away from shore.  Underwater cameras at a reasonable price are getting cheaper the gear to get out onto the water is pretty basic.  Maui added a few twists - the trade winds pick up in the morning so you want to go in the morning.  The places around our hotel were mostly sandy beaches so you want to go to a "hot spot" like Makena Landing Park where the water is calmer.  It's obvious you are in the right space when you find the bay full of snorkelers and party boats.

The fish generally like to be close to the coral and rocks which can be shallow and a little scary with the waves.  I recorded a little video of what it's like flying over the rock and watching the fish go by.



Nara Snorkeling
Snorkeling with kids a bit of a new challenge.  I started with one kid (in a life jacket) and myself - it works well because you can give guidance, but you have to swim out and back each time you swap kids.  On our second day I took both kids out together because they figured out how to keep themselves safe and not step on the reef. 


Female Bird WrasseChristmas WrasseSaddle Wrasse

Dusky SurgeonfishManybar Goatfish And Belted WrasseTwo Moorish Idol

You often lie face down, arms outstretched taking photos trying to get your target fish in the view finder.  Rarely I tried to duck dive down to see something deeper but that seems to scare the fish more the a floating thing on the surface. 

Hawaiian Spotted TobyConvict TangRaccoon Butterflyfish

  Crown Of ThornsBlue Black UrchinSpotted Linckia
 
Makena Landing is sometimes called turtle town - we saw turtles every time we went snorkeling.  There are caves at the bottom of the rock walls and we saw a turtle swim out from one, surface to breath and then swam back to the cave to rest.  The turtles really don't seem to care about the people around - we twice had turtles swim under us from behind which is quite a shock when they enter your field of view.  There is a small rocky beach where the turtles haul themselves out to sun themselves.
 
Green Turtle Swimming PastTurtle About To Dive
 

 

Nara's Camera

Nara is a strong swimmer and seemed pretty comfortable out on the water.  She had her own camera and took quite a few pictures on her own.  I was surprised that even though I was near her the whole time, she got photos of fish species I didn't see on this trip.
Convict Tang PairThreadfin ButterflyfishPacific Trumpetfish

Nara Green Sea TurtleNara Raccoon ButterflyfishSaddleback Butterflyfish
 
If we were to return to Maui, we would probably setup more days to be early (before 8am) snorkeling trips.  We consider heading to other beaches but the Snorkeling report suggested our section of the Island actually had the best conditions for the days we were there.  There was a lot we didn't see at Makena Landing so it would be good to go back.
 



Convict Tang
Species: Acanthurus triostegus (convict surgeonfish, convict tang), Acanthurus triostegus (convict surgeonfish, convict tang)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Saddleback Butterflyfish
Nara Snorkeling
Person: Nara
Tags: camera gear, Hawaii, snorkeling
Turtle About To Dive
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Two Moorish Idol
Species: Zanclus cornutus (Moorish idol)
Hawaiian Spotted Toby
Species: Canthigaster jactator (whitespotted toby)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Female Bird Wrasse
Species: Gomphosus varius (birdfish, bird wrasse)
Dusky Surgeonfish
Species: Acanthurus nigrofuscus (Dusky Surgeonfish)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Threadfin Butterflyfish
Species: Chaetodon auriga (threadfin butterflyfish)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Crown Of Thorns
Species: Acanthaster planci (Long-spined Crown-of-Thorns)
Tags: Hawaii, sea star, snorkeling
Spotted Linckia
Species: Linckia multifora (Spotted Linckia, Freckled Sea Star)
Tags: Hawaii, sea star, snorkeling
Blue Black Urchin
Saddle Wrasse
Species: Thalassoma duperrey (Saddle Wrasse)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Raccoon Butterflyfish
Species: Chaetodon lunula (Raccoon butterflyfish)
Green Turtle Swimming Past
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Nara Green Sea Turtle
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, snorkeling, turtle
Nara Raccoon Butterflyfish
Species: Chaetodon lunula (Raccoon butterflyfish)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Christmas Wrasse
Species: Thalassoma trilobatum (Christmas Wrasse)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Pacific Trumpetfish
Manybar Goatfish And Belted Wrasse
Species: Parupeneus multifasciatus (Manybar Goatfish), Stethojulis balteata (Belted Wrasse)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Convict Tang Pair
Species: Acanthurus triostegus (convict surgeonfish, convict tang)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, snorkeling
Tags: Hawaii(14), snorkeling(14), fish(9), sea star(2), turtle(2), camera gear(1)
People: Nara(1), Claira(1)
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