|Moku Ho'oniki Rock (Elephant Rock)|
|"Fish Rain", an aptly named dive site|
|Our group dropping down into the blue|
|Conditions were rough at the rock|
|Our first sighting, a big hammerhead swimming up to check us out|
|Hammerhead at a cleaning station|
We saw a school of three hammerheads swim by on the first dive and a school of four swim by on the second dive. All of the other sightings were of single sharks or pairs. The other dive group did have a brief sighting of a school of 20! The biggest was a 10 or 11 footer who was very thick in that school of four. But my favorite encounter came from another large hammerhead slowly swimming towards a big rock that turned out to be a cleaning station. As the shark neared the rock, little wrasses came out and started picking off dead skin, food bits, and parasites from around the hammerhead's body. I was the closest one in the group so I went in for a closer look. However I didn't want to scare the shark away so I tried to be very slow and quiet. I breathed out becoming negatively buoyant and slowly sank another twenty feet. Now at around 80ft deep I was right behind the shark. I was able to snap a series of pictures before the shark moved off out of sight. But I wasn't done yet. As I turned to my left I saw a small grey reef shark swimming just off the bottom. I was in shark heaven.
|We also saw grey reef sharks like this one|
Getting back on a boat that is being hit by 4ft waves is a challenge in itself. The swim ladder is flying around dangerously, plus the boat is drifting quite fast because of the wind and current. This is why they only let advanced divers sign up for this dive and everyone was up for the challenge. Looking at all of the pictures later that day I thought to myself just how lucky I am to be able to be a part of adventures like this and to be able to share these adventures with someone like Heidi.
The "Big Three" Dives: 1. Molokini Backwall 2. Cathedrals on Lanai 3. Hammerhead Shark Dive at Moku Ho'oniki Rock, Molokai
|Rebreather diver in the bottom left stayed under for 3 hours|
|Side view of a hammerhead|
|The excited look of having just swam with 16 hammerhead sharks!|