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Snuba with Trilogy - highly recommended!

Discussion in 'US - Hawaii Timesharing' started by NTP66, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. NTP66

    NTP66 TUG Member

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    I hadn't seen this mentioned very much on this forum, but wanted to share my recent experience with this.

    For those unaware, Snuba is basically in between snorkeling and scuba diving. The air supply sits in a raft at the surface, and an air line runs down to a regulator for you to breathe through. My daughter wanted to do a number of activities at MOC one morning, so I decided to solo it on a Trilogy Ka'anapali snorkel tour (Honolua Bay), opting for the Snuba package - worth every penny.

    Trilogy has the longest Snuba lines at 20', which allowed us to get right down to the bottom of most of the reef at Honolua Bay. This was my very first time diving, and it was pretty easy, so much so that it has given me the will to take scuba classes and get certified.

    Our Snuba instructor, Aaron, took us out pretty far, just around Papua Gulch, since we were all doing great with our air. And when we got to the honu cleaning station, we were in for a real and rare treat:

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    It's hard to argue that seeing humpback whales in Maui isn't the most amazing experience on the water, but this was pretty close for me. Simply incredible.

    I would highly recommend Snuba to anyone who enjoys the water.
     
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    Wow! Great pictures. I wish that I had done that when we went out with Trilogy but no one else was interested and I didn't want to go by myself. Now I'm kicking myself. Next time for sure.

    What kind of camera did you use? Those shots are so clear! We saw a ray once down near Ulua Beach. It was so amazing.
     
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    There was actually a photographer onboard and in our group, taking photos with his Canon EOS 6D and Outex underwater housing. This is new with Trilogy, as I had never seen them bring a professional photographer on tours before. I went the GoPro Hero route, personally.
     
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    I feel better now :D. We're going to French Polynesia in Nov and I would like to get some good photos but I won't be investing in professional equipment (although having a professional photographer along would be the best option). I plan on using a GoPro too.
     
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    Do yourself a favor and go with a head or body mount for it. I used a GoPro Handler (handheld) mount, and spent at least twice as much time editing the video (cutting out the shaking parts where I started to swim) as I did actually diving. Never again.
     
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    I was going to say your post was a professional ad, well written and clearly professional photos. :D Thanks for the review.
     
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    lol, hey now, my Nikon D750 takes some terrific photos, as well...

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    They are so gracious.

    Nice shots and your sunset picture too.
     
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    Those pictures are stunning!
     
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    My younger daughter did snuba with Fair Winds on the Big Island. She went alone, and in fact went out twice (they offered her a discount the second time and it was just her and the instructor). She loved it!
     
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    Trilogy did the same thing at the second location (Slaughterhouse), though I passed on it to do some snorkeling in cramped rocky areas.
     
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    Were the underwater photos you posted from your GoPro or were they from the Trilogy guy with the 6D in the housing? I wasn't clear on that from your post.
     
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    Sorry about that. The photos were from the photographer with the underwater housing. I'm seriously considering renting an underwater housing for my Nikon D750 on our next trip.
     
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    Thanks. That was what I thought, but wanted to be sure. Didn't think a GoPro could get that clarity and resolution. I've thought about doing the same for my Canon 5D MkIII.
     
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    The GoPro is a piece of garbage, and if I had lost it at the bottom of the ocean, I don't think I'd care.
     
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    We just went on the same Trilogy trip to Honolua Bay and my wife and her mom did the SNUBA while my daughter and I snorkeled. They loved it...though I must say we loved the snorkeling as well. We saw turtles, rays, eels, and a wide variety of beautiful fish. The later, shorter slaughterhouse snorkel (just around the point) was not as beautiful as Honolua...but still not to be sneezed at. As we were heading back into the beach the captain heard of a pod of spinner dolphins offshore so we headed back out into the channel and found ourselves in the midst of the biggest pod of dolphin I've ever seen - at least 50 and more like a hundred or more.

    My only caveat is that in winter (and perhaps other times) the surf is too high at Honolua and Trilogy goes south from Kaanapali instead. When we did that a year and a half ago the snorkeling wasn't anywhere near as good...but we did see whales.
     
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    I'd much rather have a photographer out there so that I could just enjoy what I am seeing but still having a record of it. :)
     

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