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We were quite frankly spoiled by Kahalu'u Beach.  The beach was a 5 minuet walk from our resort and had both great snorkeling and Sea Turtles.

Turtle In WaterTurtle Hauled out at Kahalu'u Beach

Our first day there we noticed the turtles.  They eat the algae that grows on the rocks and they eat while people walk by, oblivous to their presence.  Turtles will occasionly pull themselves onto the rocks and sun themselves.

Turtle With People BehindMark with Sea Turtle

And of course there are the fish!  We did most of the snorkeling at Kahalu'u Beach where the fish are quite tame, but the ground and corals have been damaged.  We also visited the beach at the place of refuge and while the fish aren't as tame, the site is in much better condition.

Yellow Tang's Feeding in a SchoolYellow Tang's Feeding in a School

You see many of the fish you would expect to see in tropical fish tank.

Pair of Moorish IdolsBoxfish Swimming ByBullethead Parrotfish and Coral

Yellow Tang's FeedingBrown Surgeonfish (light colour) and Parrotfish

Two Orangeband Surgeonfish and Convict TangUnknown Fish and Convict TangFemale Bird Wrasse

The place of refuge had one more bonus - turles swimming with deeper water where I could hang out without fear of getting washed onto the rocks.  Turtles aren't particularly nimble and they get washed around by the small waves washing over the shore.  They shells protect them from the inevitable scapes, but I have no such advantage.

Turtle At The Surface

Turtle SwimmingTurtle SwimmingTurtle Swimming

While snorkeling at Hapuna Beach, I got a drop of water on my f100.  Nikon won't service it because it's been salt water damaged so the camera is effecivly a write off.  Time to see how the insurance works.

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Two Orangeband Surgeonfish and Convict Tang
Species: Acanthurus olivaceus (orangespot tang), Acanthurus triostegus (convict surgeonfish, convict tang)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Yellow Tang's Feeding in a School
Species: Zebrasoma flavescens (yellow tang)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Female Bird Wrasse
Species: Gomphosus varius (birdfish, bird wrasse)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Turtle Hauled out at Kahalu'u Beach
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, turtle
Mark with Sea Turtle
Person: Mark
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii
Bullethead Parrotfish and Coral
Species: Chlorurus sordidus (Bullethead parrotfish)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Brown Surgeonfish (light colour) and Parrotfish
Species: Naso unicornis (brown unicornfish)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Unknown Fish and Convict Tang
Species: Acanthurus blochii (ringtail surgeonfish, whitetail surgeonfish)
Tags: Hawaii, underwater
Turtle In Water
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, turtle
Turtle Swimming
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, turtle, underwater
Turtle Swimming
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, turtle, underwater
Pair of Moorish Idols
Species: Zanclus cornutus (Moorish idol)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Turtle At The Surface
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, turtle, underwater
Boxfish Swimming By
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Turtle Swimming
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
Tags: Hawaii, turtle, underwater
Turtle With People Behind
Species: Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle)
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Tags: beach, Hawaii, turtle
Yellow Tang's Feeding
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Yellow Tang's Feeding in a School
Species: Zebrasoma flavescens (yellow tang)
Tags: fish, Hawaii, underwater
Tags: Hawaii(19), underwater(16), fish(9), turtle(7), beach(1)
People: Mark(1)
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