Ocean, weather, and surf conditions were much better than last year at the same time. I was able to get in several North and South shore dives during our time on Kauai.
Spotted eagle ray at Tunnels. Compared to last year at the same time, North Shore conditions were fab. May 16, 2016 9:37 AM : Diving Cavern swimthrough at Tunnels May 16, 2016 11:51 AM : Diving Honu resting on top of the turtle cleaning station at Tunnels May 16, 2016 11:54 AM : Diving May 16, 2016 11:59 AM : Diving An egg sac laid by the Spanish Dancer nudibranch May 16, 2016 0:12 PM : Diving Tunnels topography May 16, 2016 0:17 PM : Diving
View from one cavern into another, sunlit from above May 16, 2016 0:26 PM : Diving Thursday I headed south for some shore diving at Koloa Landing. Immediately upon entry was this green sea turtle resting and taking a nap. May 19, 2016 2:11 PM : Diving Whitemouth Moray May 19, 2016 2:19 PM : Diving You may just be able to make out the profile of this Shortsnout Scorpionfish May 19, 2016 2:22 PM : Diving Crown of Thorns star at Koloa Landing May 19, 2016 2:42 PM : Diving Stout Moray May 19, 2016 2:50 PM : Diving
Stout Moray's come in a wide variety of color combinations May 19, 2016 2:51 PM : Diving School of Yellowfin Goatfish May 19, 2016 3:01 PM : Diving This Lizardfish was pretty good sized May 19, 2016 4:07 PM : Diving Turtle heading for the surface at Koloa Landing May 19, 2016 4:08 PM : Diving I love the eyes of this female Marbled Shrimp found clambering at twilight over a head of cauliflower coral. The females sport bristles on their body and front legs that earns them the nickname Fuller Brush Shrimp. May 19, 2016 4:21 PM : Diving Hermit crab on a different head of antler coral May 19, 2016 4:26 PM : Diving
Purple Velvet Stars used to only be found at significant depths, but they are becoming more common on the shallower reefs of Hawaii May 19, 2016 4:29 PM : Diving Large Blackside Hawkfish May 19, 2016 4:36 PM : Diving First time I've seen a black sea cucumber holding out a welcome  sign May 19, 2016 4:39 PM : Diving My first time seeing a Strawberry Nudibranch, wish I had gotten a better shot of it May 19, 2016 4:43 PM : Diving Hermit Crab May 19, 2016 4:45 PM : Diving Whitemouth Moray May 19, 2016 4:48 PM : Diving
The following week it was back to Tunnels on the North shore where I caught this small school of Bluestripe Snapper May 23, 2016 0:03 PM : Diving The turtle cleaning station on top of Tunnels outer reef. Tangs or Surgeonfish are picking the algae off the shell. May 23, 2016 0:06 PM : Diving Goldrim Flatworm May 23, 2016 0:14 PM : Diving Yellowmargin Moray at Tunnels May 23, 2016 0:17 PM : Diving Lei Triggerfish, named for the two vertical bands that can change color from yellow (here) to dark brown depending on the fish's emotional state May 23, 2016 0:40 PM : Diving Last dives of the trip were again at Koloa Landing with Jess. Conditions were even better, I had Jess all to myself as the primo spotter, and there were more critters per square foot than ever. Right off the bat was this large octopus tucked inside the reef, one of four we saw during the afternoon! May 24, 2016 2:29 PM : Diving
Porcupinefish May 24, 2016 2:31 PM : Diving The longer I stayed in front of this Whitemouth Moray taking photos, the closer it got, seeing its reflection in my camera port. It was only when I started editing on my computer that I noticed what I think are two very tiny babies poking up from the sand underneath momma's belly. May 24, 2016 2:40 PM : Diving This Gold Lace Nudibranch was just floating in the water column at about 40ft. Every time I moved the camera to get a different shot, my motion pushed him out of my viewfinder. I finally managed to get a pretty decent photo by staying as still as I could. May 24, 2016 2:44 PM : Diving I seemed to be beating Jess at spotting the several Scorpionfish on this dive, this one another Shortsnout May 24, 2016 2:47 PM : Diving School of Convict Tang at Koloa Landing May 24, 2016 2:52 PM : Diving Threadfin Butterflyfish May 24, 2016 2:54 PM : Diving
This Lined Fireworm was on the move May 24, 2016 2:57 PM : Diving Whitemouth Moray May 24, 2016 3:06 PM : Diving Devil Scorpionfish giving the evil eye May 24, 2016 3:13 PM : Diving May 24, 2016 3:13 PM : Diving Whitemouth Morays galore! May 24, 2016 3:20 PM : Diving Yellowmargin Moray May 24, 2016 4:02 PM : Diving
Yet another Whitemouth Moray shows how it gets its name May 24, 2016 4:15 PM : Diving Panther Flounder on the sandy bottom at Koloa Landing, looks similar to the Peacock Flounder we see in the Caribbean May 24, 2016 4:32 PM : Diving May 24, 2016 4:38 PM : Diving Froggie went a courting... My day was fulfilled when Jess spotted this Commerson's or Giant Frogfish perched on a rock. It must have been close to 2ft in size, maybe larger. May 24, 2016 4:42 PM : Diving Ugly, but cute in its own weird way.... May 24, 2016 4:42 PM : Diving Yet another Scorpionfish near the end of the dive May 24, 2016 4:43 PM : Diving
And my final dive in Kauai is almost over when we spot this Octopus at Koloa Landing May 24, 2016 4:52 PM : Diving