We just got back and I have some commentary. We were shocked at how much you can see just from the marina dock. We were waiting in line for our snorkeling trip and were just looking down into the water at the edge of the dock and it was full of fish. Yellow tangs, moorish idols, niger triggers, and naso tangs abounded. Then when we got to the mooring spot and got in the water, it was just teaming with life. I saw literally thousands and thousands of dollars worth of fish and the corals were limitless. They weren't even afraid of all the snorkelers(the fish not the corals ). I couldn't believe the variety of both. It was spectacular. We got some pictures and I hope they turned out. We also went to the Maui Ocean Center and they had every fish, invert, coral imaginable. It was unbelievable. If you get to Maui you must go to this place. There was a porcupine puffer that was every bit of two feet long and as big around as a basketball(unpuffed). He was fantastic. We got a pic of him too. We even saw a fish dead on the beach that was very strange. He was about 7 bright colors and was about 12 inches long by 6 inches tall. Even dead he was gorgeous. He kind of resembled that 900$ fish that was posted on here awhile back. And on a last note I'll tell about our really great find. We discovered that it is legal to remove dead coral frag
rubble from the beach and bring it home. We had to buy two new suitcases to get our clothes home but it was worth it. We found(on one beach alone) appx 85 pounds of coral frags
(big and little) almost all was branches like acropora and montipora. It filled a 20 gallon tub(I use for water changes). We bleached and dried it in Maui and loaded it into garbage bags, then into suitcases. When we got home I put it into the tub of fresh water and am running powerheads for circulation. Will probably cycle like that for a week to be sure there aren't any live organisms left. This will just about fill up both of my tanks to max capacity. And they are beautiful pieces mostly with some small rubble for the filters. And don't worry, I phoned every regulating agency(agriculture and federal export) plus we called airport security first. It seems that you cannot take dirt, sand,lava rock, or any kind of plant, seed, stem. But you can take frags
from the beach,but of course not the live stuff from the ocean.