When you live on Maui, what do you do on your day off? I speak with quite a few tourists who pack their time here with trips to Hana, whale watching, snorkeling, beaching and Haleakala. Oh, they keep so busy. What do I do on my day off?
Well today instead of starting out with our run on the beach, we went diving. And what a day it was. Peter had just got his camera housing back so we decided to do an “easy” dive at Ulua Beach. This is the best beach in South Maui for new snorkelers. Nice sandy beach, easy entry but good coral reef. We usually see the normal fish, a few eels and at least one turtle. On the drive down, Peter said that we have to really look for nudibranchs since he had his macro lens. I joked that he could look for nudis but I was looking for mantas. It was a nice sunny morning and conditions were good. We prepped as usual and started our swim out. Barely under water and you could hear the whales singing. It is almost a mesmerizing sound; something sad and joyful at the same time. About half way out, we ran into 2 divers returning and one flapped his arms indicating that they had seen a ray. Well, an eagle ray would be nice. I keep my eyes to the blue as we head out deeper. We get to end of the reef and Peter heads back in slightly different direction. All of a sudden, I notice him “take off” and of course I follow. He later described that something caught his eye on the surface and something told him to investigate.
Our fun was disrupted by some divers with scooters; at least they didn’t chase them but the manta’s didn’t seem interested in staying around. According to my air gauge, it was time to head back. It was one of the those days that I wished we had a second tank.
We enjoyed our trip back taking time to take snapshots of this cute eel.(Peter takes photographs; I take snapshots). Later in the morning, we spent nearly an hour researching what type of eel it is. Though neither one of us is certain since this eel goes through color phases, we believe that it is a Stout Eel.
Who cares what the rest of the day brings!