Dive Guide & Fish Identification for Kapalua Bay in Maui, Hawaii

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 primarily using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 camera.

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Last updated September 2013

Kapalua Bay
This is a great place to snorkel. The bay is protected from the wind and the water is usually very calm. Explore the whole bay as there are different things to discover in various places around the bay. Look closely for surprises in holes and under ledges.
Green Sea Turtle
Look for these late in the day on the north end of the bay close to shore at what we call Turtle Rock. I also see them in the middle of the bay close to shore. They are very passive and gentle and tolerate people constantly following and gawking at them. I have had them swim right by me so they do not seem to be bothered by people. The best way to spot where they are is to watch for their heads to pop up to breathe. In 2013, I saw turtles of all sizes. In the prior three years, I only saw adults.
Wedge-tail Triggerfish
(Hawaii State fish)
Called a humu-humu for short. These can be territorially aggressive and will charge at you and nip your fins (and fingers) if they want you to move away.
Teardrop Butterflyfish
Threadfin Butterflyfish
Ornate Butterflyfish
Raccoon Butterflyfish
Fourspot Butterflyfish
Pebbled Butterflyfish
Longnose Butterflyfish
Blue Stripe Butterflyfish
Moorish Idol
Sailfin Tang
Brown Surgeonfish
Orange-band Surgeonfish
Dascyllus Domino Damsel
Listen for them to chatter. They are very talkative especially when feeding.
 Dascyllus Domino Damsel
Stripebelly Pufferfish
Porcupine Pufferfish
They are shy and I usually only see them in a cave or under a ledge.
Spotted Boxfish
Whitespotted Toby
These guys hide close to the surface where they are harder to see.
Convict Tang
Hawaiian Sergeant Major
Blackspot Sergeant
Black Durgon Triggerfish
Pink-tail triggerfish
Lei triggerfish
?? Resembles a Black Durgon Triggerfish but the fins aren't the same. Possibly a juvenile?
Orange-spine Unicornfish
Blue-spine Unicornfish  
Spotted Eagle Ray
Snowflake Moray Eel
Zebra Moray Eel
Whitemouth Moray Eel
Tigersnake Moray Eel
Moray Eels
?? I am not sure what kind. My guess is a juvenile Snowflake.
Blackside Hawkfish
Redbarred Hawkfish
Stocky Hawkfish
Shortbodied Blenny (male)
Stareye Parrotfish (male)
Stareye Parrotfish (female)
Parrotfish (misc.)
Palenose Parrotfish
Bullethead  Parrotfish
I saw huge schools of these juvenile  Parrotfish.
Big Scale Soldierfish
These fish are very shy and bolt for cover if you get close. Very similar to Squirrelfish that have a slightly pointier nose.
Hawaiian Bigeye
These liked to hide in the rocks and were hard to photograph.
Christmas Wrasse
Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse
Bird Wrasse (male)
Bird Wrasse (female)
Saddle Wrasse
Belted Wrasse  
Ringtail Wrasse   
Pearl Wrasse
Yellowtail Coris Wrasse
Rock-Mover Wrasse
Cigar Wrasse
Manybar Goatfish
Yellowstripe Goatfish  
Whitesaddle Goatfish 
Blue Goatfish
Yellow Tail Snapper
These look a lot like Yellowstripe Goatfish except for with a yellow tail.
Oval Chromis
(I only saw one school of these small fish on one corral head in the middle of the bay.)
Barred Filefish
Slender Lizardfish
Bluefin Trevally
I saw these hunting in small schools and they would look under every nook & ledge.
(These are very fast swimmers and are frequenty seen chasing minnows.)
Flowery Flounder
(you have to look closely to see it)
Hawaiian Gregory 
Be careful not to step on one of these. The poisonous spines can inflict serious pain and injury. They are very hard to see when they are in the rocks.
Imperial Nudibranch
You really have to be looking to notice these little guys.
Sea Cucumber
Banded Urchin
Black Spiny Urchin
These are mostly in the middle of the bay in deeper water.
Pencil Urchin  
Pale Rock Boring Urchin
Collector Urchin  
Cauliflower Coral
Rice Coral
Lobe Coral
Spaghetti Worm
Alien Scull
They must snorkel here too.

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