View Full Version : Snorkelling Pics from Kauai

02-03-2012, 08:17 AM
Here are a few pics from Ke'e and Poipu Beaches in Kauai.

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Bluestripe Butterflyfish

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Eyestripe Surgeonfish

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02-03-2012, 08:18 AM

02-03-2012, 01:33 PM
Very nice pics, thanks for sharing.


02-03-2012, 02:36 PM
Wow nice shots! That turtle under the halide shimmer is incredible! And third last... I love the crisscross stripes ;)

02-03-2012, 03:01 PM
Wow, I miss Hawaii. Our trip there a few years back is what got me into reefing. I wanted to take all those pretty fish home with me. .. and I guess I sorta did in the end :lol:

02-03-2012, 03:11 PM
Great pictures. I found Ke'e and Poipu among the nicer spots for snorkeling there.

02-03-2012, 06:34 PM
Wow nice shots! That turtle under the halide shimmer is incredible! And third last... I love the crisscross stripes ;)
Ocean City had one of those a couple weeks ago, was stunning, took a couple of photos for looking up, not reef safe....:sad:

Great shots, thanks for sharing!

02-03-2012, 07:42 PM
Beautiful fish but I'm shocked at how barren the ocean floor looks. I expected to see corals and more of a reef scenery, but the rocks and sand look almost bare of life.

02-03-2012, 08:11 PM
Beautiful fish but I'm shocked at how barren the ocean floor looks. I expected to see corals and more of a reef scenery, but the rocks and sand look almost bare of life.

Most of the pics were taken very close to shore. I would guess that with the volume of snorkellers, swimmers, and dippers, and the amount of sediment that gets blown around there, corals aren't going to grow very well there.

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02-03-2012, 08:32 PM
That's probably more a function of that where Sam took these photos, Poipu and etc., are better for snorkeling on account that they are safer places to swim. There are many spots on Kauai where the shoreline and the waves are simply too treacherous and swimming is not recommended. I bet if you took a boat based dive trip you'd be able to see more reefs. I did some shore based dives in Kauai and did find some decent coral formations in spots but not to the same extent that you can find off Maui or the Big Island (and even Maui for that matter isn't exactly a coral hotbed. The Big Island, particularly around Kona-Kailua, has the most spectacular reefs, IMO, looking closer to our expectations, in this hobby, of what a reef "looks" like. The underground topography lends itself well there for better coral growth. One of the fellows on the boat when I did my dive trip there last year ran his own dive shop in Oahu but he told me he chooses to dive the Big Island when he himself takes vacation - I thought that was rather telling.)

In general though, if you look at a map, Hawaii is pretty much at the northern limit of the tropics and in fact the island chain that makes up the group continue well north of the topic line. It is also one of the most geographically isolated places anywhere surrounding by a LOT of ocean before the next land. For "tropical" water, at around 25-26c, it's on the cooler side of things (and a lot of the shoreline is, for lack of a better way to put it - "too new" - in geographic terms that lava hasn't been there very long). As such the coral formations around Hawaii are quite juvenile in comparison to places further south (think Fiji and so on), and the vast majority of species tend to be of the hardier varieties (what we would call "beginner SPS", like Porites, Pocilliporas, and so on).

Reefs or not, I absolutely adore all of Hawaii. Kauai has a charm all its own that you don't find on the other more heavily traveled islands.

03-09-2012, 11:21 PM
Great pics - thanks for sharing!

Tom R
03-10-2012, 02:26 AM
Great pictures.

What camera and settings are you using.

Tom R

03-10-2012, 04:33 AM
Great pictures.

What camera and settings are you using.

Tom R

Panasonic Lumix TS1 in Underwater mode. Nothing special.

Unfortunately, I lent my camera out 2 weeks ago and just got it back broken. I guess a couple of drops of water must have entered the camera. I was told it was working when they came back. Then they took the mem card out to transfer pics, then put everything back and rinsed it in fresh water. I'm guessing the battery compartment wasn't closed completely when they rinsed it because it died after that.

03-10-2012, 04:57 PM
Great pics. Thanks

03-10-2012, 05:43 PM
Awesome pics!

When we went to Hawaii last year, I found that many of the snorkel hotspots were fairly barren of coral, and are most likely partially fed waters to entice the fish around (Hanauma Bay). We went to the east coast of Oahu to a tiny beach that was literally the backyards of the residents of Waimanalo Beach. There certainly is coral around, but the waters were quite vast which has the fish quite spread out and not quite as exciting to navigate.


03-10-2012, 05:48 PM
Nice pics... We were in Hawaii in 08, and the place is spectacular... Seeing humuhumu's in the Wilde and all the other fishes was amazing

04-10-2012, 04:30 AM
Really nice pics! We go to Maui every year and we love the islands!