known for endemic species, mantas, turtles
and great fish life, also boasts its share of wrecks.
fish life, Humpback Whales breaching in the distance, dolphins,
lush rainforests, flowers in bloom, romantic resorts, and rainbows
over waterfalls are images that come to mind when the topic is a
Hawaiian vacation. Hawaii offers a perfect blend of an exotic vacation
getaway and hassle-free familiarity.
chain of Hawaiian islands extends for more than 1,000 miles from
the big island of Hawaii in the southeast to Kauai and Niihau in
the northwest, with Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui in between. This
vast expanse of water is legendary for its clarity, brilliantly
colored fishes, cathedral like caves and lava chambers and big animal
encounters. Must see hotspots include the Cathedrals
off Lanai, lava formations aglow with shimmering shafts of sunlight,
and Molokini Crater, a site well known for its black coral trees
and resident reef sharks. The wreck of the 165-foot-long Mahi is
a favorite dive off Oahu, and few dives anywhere in the world are
as rewarding as night diving with feeding Manta Rays in the waters
off Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Midway Islands, 1,200 miles northeast of the northern extreme of
the Hawaiian chain are well known to history buffs for intense air
and sea battles between U.S. and Japanese forces during World War
II. The remnants of those battles have become a divers playground.
Add in coral atolls, lagoons and barrier reefs that teem with captivating
invertebrates, rare Monk Seals, tropical fishes and encounters with
a variety of reef sharks, and you have an idyllic setting for adventurous
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