Thursday, August 03, 2006

Wind and Waterfalls

20 14'N x 155 46'W We awoke this morning to one of the most stunning views imaginable. The Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Towering cliffs, breathtaking valleys and no less that 18 waterfalls cascading into the ocean. It was a site to behold.

The winds have freshen more than a little and we found ourselves working in 30-35 knot winds and quickly building seas. Swells were running at 4-6 feet by the time we had our first team of divers in the water and those on the boat were in envy of those in the more tranquil depths. We started at a set of three small islets which were touted as a premier dive site on northeast hawaii. Unless you really like sand and boulders, I am afraid you are in for a little disappointment. Further up the coast the underwater scenery improved and with it the resident fish populations. Without a doubt, the Big Island has risen to the top in terms of number and diversity of large fishes. And with only one day of surveys. Tomorrow we head to South Point, appropriately at the southern end of the island. Don't the the Florida Keys fool you. This is the southernmost point in the U.S. Conditions look to be stiff with increasing winds and seas. Hopefully we will be able to find a good lee in which to work.

Stay tuned for the full report...


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