What a whirlwind of a day!
The surge finally settled down in the morning just in time to hope onto a great critter dive--making the task of focusing on tiny pipefish, long nose hawkfish and frogfish possible!
From the morning macro, we began a northward journey to Ampitheater, where I got my first chance to swim in (and also photograph) a lava tube! Basically, it's a long, narrow passageway through the heart of the reef created by 2000-degree molten rock flowing thousands of years ago.
Not before long, the sun set below the horizon and it was time for the moment I'd been waiting for--Manta madness. Every night, mantas gather underneath boat lights to feed on the infinitesimal krill that are attracted. It's quite a feeling to have a manta with a 20-foot wing span swoop so close overhead that it knocks your mask right off your face.
Many more manta pics to come, but here's one to tease…
Well, that's all for day three in Kona--but stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings--hopefully some dolphins and whales and even more mantas!