On my recent trip to Maui, Hawaii I decided to do a boat dive to Molokini. Molokini is a sunken crater a few miles off the south coast of Maui.
There are numerous ways to dive the site, dives inside the crater are popular for their reef sharks, manta rays and abundant fish with a max depth of 40 ft. I was more interested in the backwall dive, where the crater exterior plunges down to depths of 350ft. This diving requires good buoyancy but is worth it for advanced divers. I was amazed by the clarity of the water, which made visibility nearly 200ft. I remember looking down from the surface while waiting to be picked up by the boat as the remaining group continued the dive. I had left them at about 80ft and I could see them as clearly as if they were 10 ft below, even more I could see the wall fading into the blue 50ft below them. Overall amazing topography on this dive. I was happy to see at least one large pelagic (my first shark!), unfortunately no whales or dolphins though those types of underwater sightings are more rare.
For the second dive that day we went to a site called 5 graves/ 5 caves. This site is named after the ancient Hawaiian burial grounds located onshore and for the caves and tubes formed by gas bubbles in lava flows that are now hardened rock. I managed to get some good footage of this site with my camera.
See my facebook album of the dives here.
Just watching the ocean can be beneficial. fb.me/1dIveuoy9—
Aquarium of the Bay (@AquariumOTheBay) December 27, 2011
which linked me to this article,
For many people – surfers and non-surfers alike – the experience of standing on the shore and gazing out at the ocean is deeply satisfying. There is something uniquely calming and contemplative about an ocean vista – something that touches us on an emotional level, but is nonetheless difficult to put into words, or even fully understand.
– Mind surfing, Tom Garlinghouse
And I totally agree,
I would love to have a paddle board and an oceanfront home so I could go sit out on the ocean whenever I want.
One of my favourite parts of diving is the swim back to shore after a good dive, especially when it gets late in the day, the water is super calm and the air is warm, you feel so refreshed and tranquil, then a seal swims by… definitely relaxing.
A little about myself:
I am a recent graduate, with a degree in Marine Biology. I didn’t find a ‘career’ job for last summer, and subsequently still have no full-time job. I spent a lot of time at home. For the first few months watching Grey’s Anatomy and the unit online sufficed but I have begun to get restless, I have learned to knit, and crochet. This weekend I decided to get my sisters acoustic guitar restrung so I could try playing it. My dad calls what I am doing ‘a renaissance year”.
With this blog I want to share all the interesting things I am doing, including awesome links and tips for you to use on similar DIY projects. I will also be doing posts on projects I started before creating this blog.