Category Archives: Hawaii

Coral Reef Conservation-Specialty of the Month-March

Coral reefs are spectacular, diverse ecosystems that are home to thousands of fish, invertebrate, and plant species…all threatened more than ever by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and human development. As divers, we learn how to limit our impact underwater by practicing good buoyancy control and streamlining our gear. Now take your education to the next level by gaining your Coral Reef Conservation specialty rating! Spend two dives with your instructor learning how to identify local coral species and signs of stress, why our coral reefs are so important, and how you can make a difference to help prevent their further decline so that future generations of divers can enjoy these beautiful rainforests of the sea!

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PREREQUISITES: Junior Open Water Divers and above are eligible to take this course.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Hawaii’s Sea Creatures – A Guide to Hawaii’s Marine Invertebrates by John Hoover plus an underwater writing slate (both available in our shop with your 10% student discount!)

EQUIPMENT: It’s best to use your own gear but our rental department has everything you’ll need!

COST: Just an additional $75 to your already scheduled day charter plus the required materials and tax (includes instruction and certification fee!)

Specialty of the Month-Peak Performance Buoyancy

Need a resolution for the New Year? Start 2017 off right by mastering your buoyancy underwater! Divers that perfect this important skill glide effortlessly through the water, avoid contact with the bottom, and save air…plus they just look really cool! Take your diving to the next level with the Kona Honu Divers Specialty of the Month…Peak Performance Buoyancy. Over two dives our instructors will give you tips to improve your vertical and horizontal positioning in the water, help you determine proper weighting and trim to establish optimal balancing underwater, practice different kicking styles, effective breathing techniques, and streamline your equipment to turn you into a scuba ninja!

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PREREQUISITES: Junior Open Water Divers and above are eligible to take this course.

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Peak Performance Buoyancy Manual

EQUIPMENT: It’s best to use your own gear but our rental department has everything you’ll need!

Add Peak Performance Buoyancy to your already scheduled morning charter for only an additional $100.

Includes: Experienced Instructor, manual, and processing fee for certification card.

For more information visit http://tinyurl.com/h45omkb

 

Fish of the Month: Ornate Butterflyfish

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Photo by Keoki Stender

Let’s take a look at one of Hawaii’s vibrantly stunning and easy to find reef inhabitants: the Ornate Butterflyfish. The Ornate Butterflyfish, or Chaetodon oratissimus, can be found from the shallows to a depth of about 36m/118 ft. You’ll typically see these colorful beauties swimming in pairs over the reef, feeding on coral polyps. When mature, Ornate Butterflyfish are approximately 20cm/7.9 in in length. They have white bodies with orange oblique lines streaking their sides. A characteristic feature of these fish

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Drawn by S. Eisenberg

is yellow and black bars striping their faces, giving them a unique definition from other butterflyfish on our local reefs.

You may have seen Ornate Butterflyfish on one of your previous dive trips. The species is
widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific regions. If you’re snorkeling or diving over coral, you have a great chance of spotting them! See how many you can find the next time you’re in the water.