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Kauai, Hawaii: Surfers and Sea Creatures

February 15, 2011

I recently returned from a week on Hawaii’s beautiful island of Kauai. Here’s a selection of my favorite surfing and underwater photos. Enjoy!

Surfers in Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai:

Surfers in Kauai

Hawaii surfers

Surfers in Hanalei Bay on the north shore of Kauai

Swimming with sea turtles in the wild was one of the coolest experiences of my life! With no frame of reference in the photos, you’ll have to take my word for it that these Green sea turtles were huge. I’d estimate that the first one was 4 feet long and the second was 5 feet, and Wikipedia says they weigh 400+ lbs each. I swam amongst the turtles plus the many species of fish pictured below on south shore of Kauai, near Poipu.

Sea turtle in Kauai

Hawaii sea turtle

Sergeant Major fish:

Sergeant Major fish

Needlefish (yes, this looked as surreal in person as it does in the photo):


Saddle Wrasse fish:

Saddle Wrasse fish

A huge school of Convict Tangs feeding off the surface of rocks and coral:

Convict Tangs

School of Convict Tangs

Elegant Coris Wrasse:

Elegant Coris Wrasse

Bluespine Unicornfish:

Bluespine Unicornfish

A Raccoon Butterflyfish checking out my camera:

A Raccoon Butterflyfish

10 Raccoon Butterflyfish!

10 Raccoon Butterflyfish

A Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (also referred to as the much easier to pronounce Reef Triggerfish), the state fish of Hawaii:

A Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, the state fish of Hawaii

I hadn’t seen a scene like this since the After Dark computer screensaver 20 years ago!

Tropical fish in Kauai, Hawaii

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sasha permalink
    February 15, 2011 12:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos you took on Hawaii. The fish are spectacular — they don’t look real!!!

  2. May 14, 2011 5:49 pm

    aloha Avigerver – very cool kauai shots. it is hard to believe sometimes what under water fish look like. it’s like wet rocks in a clear pool of water – every where you turn – wow. way fun on the surfers too. you have a good taste of hawaii in these. aloha.

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