3 Tables/Shark’s Cove 6/24/12

Yesterday morning I met up with 3 of the people I had gone diving with the night before as well as my instructor and one other.  I had promised to go directly to the site and double park so that my instructor would be able to get the van in when he arrived.  Three tables doesn’t have a lot of parking and it fills up fast and early, mostly with divers. 

Three tables is right next to shark’s cove and has some really great reefs to explore.  There are caves, overhangs and fields of coral.  We headed out to an area called “car wash” where turtles go to be cleaned by the reef fish.  There were 5 or 6 turtles including a few babies that couldn’t have been more than a year or 2 old.  I can’t get enough of those guys, they are so majestic in the water. 

Then we headed toward some caves where we saw some rare knife fish and 2 sharks.  Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was a really good dive.  We swam through a few caves and really enjoyed the dive. 

hard to see but these are the sharks

The surf came up a bit while we were out on our first dive so my instructor decided that we would make our second dive at Shark’s cove.  We headed out to the right for the lava tubes and to see if we could find the monk seal that several divers have reported seeing.  We didn’t find the seal but we had a great time looking at the nudibranchs and cup coral in the lava tubes.  We also saw a large eel hiding back inside a hole in one of the lava tubes. 

The right side of shark’s cove has become one of my favorites because of the under water landscape and the abundance of things to see.  I found a porcupine puffer but didn’t manage to get a picture of it.  We also saw several smaller eels and a very large psychedelic filefish. 

As always, I really enjoyed sharing the wonderful diving that Hawaii has to offer with visitors to our island.  Each place is a bit different and it’s great to see people having a great time.  I feel lucky to have the opportunity to gain experiene as a divemaster while showing others a good time.  I learn something new each time I go out.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 14:40:14

    Thanks for sharing the picts. I love them!


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