Saturday, 11 April 2015

Diving with Manta Rays and Snorkeling in Hawaii. By Annalise Cogan

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to the earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free." Jacques-Yves Causteau.

Write this on your bucket list, Must swim with manta rays. "One of the Top Ten things to do in your lifetime" Travel Channel.  At dusk we slipped into the water,  a huge dark form glided beneath us, was it a manta or a shark? Since I'm here to tell the tale, I can assure you that it was a manta with a 10ft wing span. The graceful giants swooped and glided beneath the purple lights, scooping plankton into their cavernous mouths , so close you could kiss them. It's impossible to describe what this experience is, just go see for yourself.

Diving with Manta Rays

You are free to fly, glide, swoop and roll through the water, dancing with Butterflyfish and Angelfish as bubbles trail behind you and sunstreaks comb your hair.  Your worries are drowned, the world and it's noise above the surface. It's just you. Alone. In a vast free sea. 
May your dreams defy gravity. H. Jackson Brown, J

 Freefall above the reef with only the sound of bubbles and the snap-crackle-pop of parrot fish chewing on coral, they dart from curious eyes, and eject a fresh batch of sand which filters slowly to the floor.

Freefalling the ocean
 Sharks recognize the sound of a spear gun discharge, and cruise in for sushi kebabs, hence the spear stick. We don't spear the pretty tropical fish. 
Looking for a WhiteTip
Dylan is checking on a Whitetip reef shark which our friend from Hawaii Surf and Kayak rescued from a fisherman's hook. 

A silent ballet as swarms of fish hustle about their daily business. The ocean surface is a fascinating hall of mirrors, flashing glimpses of the sky and palm trees mixed with coral reefs and distorted yellow fish.

Have you dreamed of swimming with dolphins? 
These curious spinner dolphins came over to investigate us. One brought his yellow leaf which he played with, hooking it over his flipper and dorsal fin and swimming in circles around Michael. 

A curious dolphin