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Mokule’ia

Have you ever wondered what snorkeling is like at Mokule’ia?  I was camping in the area and decided to dive in.  The current is really strong, so I wouldn’t suggest snorkeling there unless you are a strong swimmer.  There are numerous rice corals, cauliflower corals, saddle wrasses, brown surgeonfishes, damselfishes, and rosette halimeda.

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The Queen was spotted at Shark’s Cove yesterday!

The neat thing about doing REEF surveys is that you never know what you will see.  I was lucky enough to see a rare fish yesterday while at Shark’s Cove.  The Queen Nenue is the yellow morph of the endemic Hawaiian Chub (Kyphosus hawaiiensis), and is a rare sight anywhere in Hawai’i.  I also love Shark’s […]

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REEF Survey at Hanauma Bay

Reef Watch Waikiki headed out to Hanauma Bay yesterday to conduct a REEF survey with our new interns.  Because of the summer south swells, the MLCD has not offered optimal survey conditions.  Hanauma Bay is one of Oahu’s MLCD’s and an international tourist attraction.  Yesterday wasn’t the most optimal for snorkeling, but we had fun […]

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REEF Survey at Makai Pier

I’ve been hearing a lot of sightings of reef sharks at Makai Pier. In my 24 years in Hawai’i and all the time I spend in the water, I have never seen a reef shark while snorkeling, and I’ve never snorkeled at Makai Pier. Makai Pier is near Sea Life Park and the Oceanic Institute in […]

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Nightlife in the MLCD

I decided to go for a little night snorkel yesterday.  Here’s what I saw:

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Sharks Cove REEF Survey

Some photos from a REEF survey I conducted this weekend at Sharks Cove on Oahu’s North shore.  All photos by Ryan Tabata.

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Tour of Coconut Island (Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology)

The volunteers of Reef Watch Waikīkī were lucky to tour Moku o Lo’e, known more widely as Coconut Island, in Kāne’ohe Bay. The island is surrounded by a small Marine Protected Area (MPA). On the boat ride from He’eia Kea Small Boat Harbor, volunteers completed a plankton tow in the bay using a plankton net […]

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