I tend to avoid diving on many charter boats. It’s often not the fault of the dive operators, but the other divers: they’re always in a hurry, always rushing…
…and as a result, losing bottom time and using up air due to the exertion. When it comes to diving, the longer you’re down below, the more you’ll see. Inevitably it seems that it’s towards the end of dives that the unique things present themselves. Take this guy, for example:
Image details: I believe that this guy is a stout moray. It’s pretty similar to a juvenile whitemouth moray, but it lacks the shock-white mouth. ID’d in The Ultimate Guide to Hawaiian Reef Fishes. Highly recommended book if you’re diving the islands!
We found this guy at the very end of a shore dive at Black Rock, near Ka’anapali, Maui. If hurried along, we’d have passed him – he was tucked in under the hard coral that you see here, well out of site from snorkelers. In fact, I saw him when looking down & behind me.
Don’t rush. Hurry and you’ll miss things, even above water.