Millions of vacationers come to see Hawaii every year and only see a small fraction of the actual land mass. Kauai with 5 million years of age is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and 98.5% is below sea level. In other words if you want to visit Kauai then you need to come equipped with a mask and snorkel.
Free divers come to see the land below for its most remote reefs and underwater life. The summer months provide favorable conditions to explore the depths of the ocean and many of the endemic sea critters. Sea caves or archways are common structures and filled with fish and spiny lobsters.
Many spear fishing free divers take advantage of this season to hunt for pelagic fish like Ahi, Mahi Mahi, and Ono. While others choose to dive in 30-80 feet for the parrotfish, grey snappers, and mu.
Calm down and breathe up for the drop. Every second counts in free diving. Some of the best can hold their breath up to 4-5 minutes while most divers only go for 2 minutes at a time.
Whether you are a professional free diver or a hobby snorkeler Hawaii’s underwater world is a must visit. Try and hold your breath with green a sea turtle and maybe she will tour you through the underwater Hawaii.
Photos courtesy of Justin Bastien and Ryan Espinoza.