Last Saturday (or maybe it was the one before that? Time moves so quickly!), the Maui SLIMEO gang (Emily, Niko, Levi, and myself) went on a recreational dive (along with our local friend, Rich) at the Mala boat ramp. I know, you’re probably thinking “Why on earth would they want to do more diving when they finally have a break?” Well, sometimes the only thing needed for a moment to feel like a break from work is a change of scenery.
Mala is a unique reef because most of the structures supporting corals and providing habitat for a diverse array of marine life are man-made. The concrete pier at Mala Wharf was built in the early 1900’s and was used to transport produce and supplies. It was also a fishing pier for a time, but was destroyed in 1992 by Hurricane Iniki. The fallen platforms and pylons create a fun underwater landscape for exploration and photography.
On this dive we saw some great wildlife – everything from white tip reef sharks to tiny nudibranchs (colorful sea slugs). I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.