The crown of thorns sea star struck a dramatic pose as I filmed her.
|Bill filming a crown of thorns sea star.|
To get to Waialea Bay take Highway 19 (Queens Hwy) north from Kona. Turn left towards the ocean onto Puako Road before mile marker 70. Then turn right after you pass the trash dump. The park access road will be on your left. Park and walk past the bathrooms to the beach. Walk south to the rock island. When the ocean is calm, the sandy beach entrance is easy, and snorkeling is best around the island.
|Bill snorkeling to the island.|
|Very uniquely marked orange banded surgeonfish about 14 inches long.|
|Juvenile Yellow-tail Coris - Coris is one of Engela's favorite fish. This one is about 4 inches long.|
|Supermale Belted Wrasse about 6 inches long. The first one Engela photographed.|
|Large fish. Look at those pearly white teeth.|
|Tiny Spotted Boxfish with interesting markings over eyes. Boxfish have lots of personality.|
|Arc-eye Hawkfish in a peach color standing in the coral.|
We have to go back and see if we can tempt this tiny bright-orange crab out of the coral to get a better photo.