Thursday, April 08, 2010

Kona scuba diving with manta rays.....

Manta rays from Kona Hawaii, April 2010 from Steve on Vimeo.

Here's a 2 minute video I took on last night's manta dive. We had 3 customers on the boat and went up for the night dive. It was a very good show. We spent 48 minutes watching the mantas, the last few minutes most of the other divers had left the manta area and the mantas were closer than in the video here... lots of head bumps at that point. At the end we did about a 15 minute reef tour taking the circular way back to the boat to find a couple of mantas under the boat. Fun evening.

Today was gorgeous in Kona the first part of the day, turned a bit gray later on. We had a charter this morning with the 3 from last night and a couple of intro divers. Cathy and a DM/Captain friend who's filling in for Bob (Bob's in the Phillipines diving right now... jealous) switched off with the certified divers, I took the intros. The intro divers did very well, did dives of 60 and 55 minutes. For those of you who don't dive, intro dives are something to consider if you enjoy snorkeling and are comfortable in the water. You essentially get the full diving experience without taking the course. My intros from today had never dove before this trip, today was their second outing with us... they're getting to be pretty good "divers" and should consider getting certified in the future - Intro dives are a good way to get an idea if scuba diving is for you without committing time and money into a full class.




Kevin said...

Wow! That video looks awesome! It looks like a lot of fun and a breath taking experience! I wanna do that someday..

Oh youre friend bob is at the Philippines?! I live there! I hope I get lucky and meet him in my next diving experience :)

Mei said...

This dive was more than we could have imagined... this video is perfect and captures the beauty and out-of-this-world-ness of this night dive.
Thank you from us, the family of 3 from Wyoming that thoroughly enjoyed our diving with Steve, Cathy and Bob for 3 days this week.

Lantien, Mei and Willy Chu/Ratz

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Steve said...

Thanks Kevin and Mei!

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Neil said...

Beautiful footage, the mantas are so graceful. Must be so relaxing to dive with them.

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