Maui Snorkeling Vacation 2013

After several years of talking about it I finally went on a snorkeling vacation.  Our hotel was on the beach at Kaanapali, so we managed 2-3 swims each day.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

About a minute after we hit the water the first morning we spotted a Honu.  This guy was a commuter, he had places to go, so we swam with him for a while.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Then we said goodbye to the commuter Honu and headed back in toward the reef.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

These are  Cauliflower Coral, we called them Brain Coral.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Diving deep

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Went about 20 feet down to get this shot, that was as close as I wanted to get to a Lionfish.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

On my way up I spotted this guy who dove down about 25 feet and hung out for a while to get some photos.  We saw several good divers on this trip.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Coronet Fish in the shallows.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

When we came out of the water after a snorkel we spotted this crowd around a Honu close to shore.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

We put our gear back on and hung out with him for a while.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Then it was time to head to our resort for a hot tub.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

After a late start the first couple days we added a dawn patrol snorkel.  The first was at our resort, but the second was at Honolua Bay.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

We had to walk through a rainforest jungle to get there.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

This is a protected bay so there were lots of fish who are not skittery around humans.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Another Honu

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Moorish Idol hides under an overhang.
Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Diving on a Honu back at our reef.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Moorish Idol back at our reef.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

A school of Black Triggerfish off our reef.
Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Diving deep again.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

In the shallows.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Another school of BlackTriggerfish.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

The sand on our beach was deeply scalloped near shore.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Back an Honolua  Bay there was a Honu we started calling “Mr. Stumpy” because he is missing a front left flipper.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Raccoon Butterflyfish at Honolua Bay.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

On our last visit to Honolua Bay we stumbled in to several schools of fish feeding together.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Coronet Fish

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Mr. Stumpy again, we saw him two days in a row.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

In the shallows at Honolua Bay.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Spotted what looked like a Cuttlefish, but is most likely a Hawaiian Bobtail Squid as we were getting out at Honolua Bay.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Needle Fish back at our our reef.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

We swam the mile to Black Rock and spotted these White Spotted Eagle Rays.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

Walking back for a hot tub after our last snorkel.  Looks like I will be doing this again.

Snorkeling trip to Maui from July 30- August 6 2013.

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