Some Fun From
Or Where Do Old Technology Geeks Go.
After 40 years of running DAK (I
loved every minute.), my wife and I are off traveling to and SCUBA diving all
of our bucket list places. It's almost as much fun as bringing out a new breadmaker,
stereo system or PC. After 40 years none of my friends thought I'd be happy without
introducing new products. But I'm having a blast.
In addition to our travels, I've been honing my photography skills. Now instead
of shooting new products in my studio, I'm trying to capture time lapse views
of the sky and stars, of daisies absorbing food coloring and changing from white
to multicolors, drops hitting the water and more. Plus I've just set up to capture
stills of balloons bursting, water drops hitting the surface of various things
and much more. As I get better I'll post some of my efforts along with my trips
But bottom line, I do think about introducing products to do the things I love,
but so far I've had no time. Keep tuned. If I do get time, I've got some wonderful
ideas. It's just that time is the one thing I've never been able to get by hands
around. The day ends before I'm half-way through my to do list. Thanks for reading.
On 2000 Of My Favorite Dive Pictures
And 20 Of My Best Dive Videos
a feel for the splendor of being underwater. Below I've linked nearly 2000 of
my favorite dive pictures. And below the pictures you'll find some of my favorite
Dive Movies too.
To view my pictures, click on any one of the thumbnails and it will expand to
full-size. You'll find great looking fish, sharks and even an eel that bit
me. You can advance to another thumbnail page by clicking the > arrow at
the bottom center.
Or once you're in the full-size pictures, you can zoom through the pictures by
clicking on the actual picture or click the Play Button below any picture and
it will start an automated slide-show that will advance the pictures every 5 seconds.
Oh and one more thing. If you put it on slide-show, you might want to go to your
View Menu and choose Full Screen to best see the pictures. I wanted them to be
biggest they could be.
OK, these are some of my favorite pictures. They may not be perfect, but they
help remind me of all the great dives I've had. I hope you love the ocean as much
as I do. You'll see lots of Pictures from Maui, plus pictures from the Red Sea,
Australia, Bonaire, The Bahamas, Florida, Mexico and lots more warm water dive
locations. (I hate cold water and I'm a real wuss about cold water dives.)
OK, come on along and enjoy a dive without even getting wet. . . Drew
Drew's Gallery 1 of 79.
Out Drew's Scuba Videos. Drew's
Big Island Kona Night Manta Dive
This is Hawaii, the big island on
the Kona Coast. The night manta dive has been considered one of the top 10 dives
in the world. And it truly is. This is the second time I've been privileged to
see the giant mantas.
This is one of the few dives that I don't do with just a buddy. You need a crowd
to get things going. Everyone holds a light and forms a giant circle. Plus they
put lights in the center. The lights attract columns of plankton which in turn
attract the mantas. Some nights they get up to 15 mantas. Others like this night
we had 5 or 6. But they are all over you so it seems like many, many more.
The mantas are totally gentle. They only eat the plankton and they don't much
care that we are there. It's like being in outer space. The ocean is totally black
except where you we have our lights. It's an awesome experience. Plus it's only
about 15 minutes from the harbor and the boats are really inexpensive. You can
dive like I did or you can snorkel on the top. Either way, it's the diving experience
of a lifetime.
Cozumel Reef Dive -
It's A Great Healthy Reef
I've dived hundreds of reefs and I've always wanted to see what
Cozumel was like. I had a friend who used to dive it back in the 70s. And it's
everything that people say it is. The life on the reef was awesome. I only saw
one lion fish, so they've kept them in check. And as you watch this video, note
all the clouds of nearly microscopic fish life. It was a wonder to dive.
We went to Mexico to check off three bucket list items. Snorkeling with Whale
Sharks, Diving the Mexican Cenotes and trying out the Cozumel reef. All 3 were
even better than expected and I'd love to head back tomorrow it was so great.
If you ever get a chance to go to Cancun for the Cenotes and Cozumel for the reefs,
do it. It's a life changing experience. I dove with Blue Life Scuba, Willian.
He was beyond awesome. He found lots of critters, lead me to terrific places and
pampered me getting me in and out of the water. I'd give him a 100%.
Cleaner Shrimp Teeth Cleaning
Here I am having my
teeth cleaned by Maui Cleaner Shrimp. Since I have no cavities, I guess it works.
These are two separate cleanings we shot in Maui. It feels just a bit scratchy,
not bad. And it's lots of fun. But beware of eels, they are often living with
the cleaner shrimp.
SCUBA Diving The Ponderosa Cenote - Amazingly
I've always wanted to try diving a Cenote. So we headed off to
The Rivera Maya Mexico to give it a try. I actually dove 6 Cenotes and what's
really amazing is that each is entirely different than the others. Some had terrific
stalactites and other cave decorations. Some were deep pits and then there's the
Ponderosa Cenote. It had the best lookup of any Cenote I dove. A Cenote is a fresh
water hole in the ground that looks much like a sinkhole. Some have caves, some
have caverns and some like the Ponderosa actually have 2 separate openings. So
I followed my dive guide Willian into the 1st sinkhole and viewed some really
interesting fish. Then we tied off a rope so we could find our way back and as
went through what seemed like a giant rock-filled tunnel with lots of fossils
embedded in the rocks until at the far end, what started as a glow turned into
a lookup of unbelievable beauty. As we looked up, we saw the surface of the Cenote
with the jungle that surrounded it reflecting in the water. I was mesmerized .
I sat and videoed it over and over again. This was even better than anything I
could have dreamed to have seen. My bucket list is fulfilled. And this is just
one of the 6 Cenotes that I dived. But this one alone, would make the whole trip
worthwhile. You'll see the amazing reflections I saw starting at about 4 minutes
OMG - Stalactites, Stalagmites and more SCUBA
Diving the Pet Cemetery Cenote In Rivera Maya
I've always wanted to go cave diving. But I'm an open water guy
and cave diving has always scared me. So, it's never even been on my bucket list
though I've lusted over the pictures and movies I've seen. So imagine my surprise
when I followed my dive guide into the Pet Cemetery Cenote near the Rivera Maya
and found that I was seeing more stalactites, stalagmites and columns then I usually
see in most of the above ground caves I've explored. And I love caves. My wife
and I climbed through 7 caves just on our last visit to Branson Mo. I'm not sure
of the exact definition of the difference between a Cenote cave dive and a Cenote
cavern dive, but I've now fulfilled a bucket list item I never had the courage
to even put on my list.
Anyway, here I am following the orange ropes that guide you through the Pet
Cemetery Cenote and I'm seeing non-stop decorations. (That's what they call all
the elements you see in a cave.) It was awesome. I just followed my guide and
the orange ropes and we spent about 70 minutes diving the Cenote. It was only
about 35 feet deep at its deepest and much of it was only about 10' deep where
you could see the stalactites hanging in from above the water line. Watch for
the ripples. And also watch for the occasional fish. There were a few fish in
the Cenote as well. In fact, much of the water (it's fresh) was so clear, the
movies look like they were shot above water.
Oh and if you get to the Rivera Maya, dive with Willian, from Blue Life SCUBA.
I never could have accomplished this dive (and another 5 Cenotes plus reef diving
in Cozumel) without him.
Swimming with Whale Sharks In Cancun Mexico
My wife Mish and I had always wanted to swim with whale sharks.
So we set off to The Rivera Maya, near Cancun to swim with these 30-50' gentle
giants that are the largest fish in the world. They only eat plankton and not
people which was a good thing when I swam around one of the Whale Shark's mouth.
We were up at 4:45 to catch an early boat to get out to see the sharks before
the crowds got there. SCUBA diving with the Whale Sharks isn't allowed by the
government, so we were snorkeling. For 50' fish, the Whale Sharks don't move very
fast when they are eating. But keeping up with them was a real challenge as they
still move faster than we do. We were off and on the boat more than 10 times because
we had to follow the Whale Sharks, jump in to get shots of their heads (All you
get is tails as they swim away.) and then climb out to follow the next Whale Shark.
We were lucky to see lots of Whale Sharks but we were swimming as fast and as
hard as we could to get close to each one. Also, the water isn't as clear as you'd
expect because the Whale Sharks only come out in the early morning when there's
a plankton bloom at the surface. By afternoon, the winds have dispersed the plankton,
so the Whale Sharks are mostly gone. Swimming with the Whale Sharks was certainly
a bucket list experience that was truly worth the effort.
SCUBA Diving Cenote The Pit -
Like A Laser Blast Under Water
I'd always wanted to dive Cenotes, so my wife and I set off to
the Rivera Maya so I could dive the Cenotes, Snorkel with Whale Sharks and Dive
the Cozumel Reef. 3 bucket list items with one trip.
The Pit Cenote was my 5th Cenote of the trip and frankly the day before I'd dived
Pet Cemetery which is one of the most decorated Cenotes in the region. I almost
elected to go back to Pet Cemetery as it was awesome. But my all-knowing dive
guide Willian from Blue Live Scuba, insisted that I'd love this Cenote too.
As usual, he was 100% correct. Who would have thought that diving in a pit would
be so beautiful? For some reason the way the light shines down through the water
creates two amazing visual displays. One is a broad series of light bars and the
other is like a Star Wars laser beam. And, they will blow you away as they did
me. The Pit Cenote is over 100' deep with a white layer at the bottom that's pretty
cool. But once we had ascended to about 45 feet, the laser light bars stole the
show. Unlike other Cenotes that were dark and had extensive caverns, in The Pit,
we saw other divers and they added to the effect. Plus you'll see the beams through
my eyes as I swim through them and then I handed off my camera to Willian, my
dive guide and you'll see me swim through the beams too. I'm really glad I dove
this Cenote and the interesting thing is that each of the 6 Cenotes that I dove
was entirely different than the others. I had a great time checking off bucket
list items and The Pit is not to be missed.
A Remora Acting Like A Puppy Makes Best Safety
At the end of every dive, we do a 3-5 minute safety stop at 15
feet. It helps us degas from the dive. Usually we just hang on to the anchor line
and wish the dive wasn't over. But on this dive, my buddy and I were visited by
a super friendly Remora. Usually we see Remoras attached to sharks and rays. But
on this day, a lone remora adopted my buddy and me. It was super friendly and
acted just like a puppy. It stayed with us for the full safety stop and only left
when we climbed back on the boat.
Kamalame Key, Andros Island, Bahamas - Diving
The lagoon - Sea Horse, Sea Hare Jellies Oh My.
We were staying on the virtually undeveloped island of Andros
in the Bahamas at a Spectacular private resort named Kamalame Key. Great food,
great accommodations and almost nobody around. It prides itself on its privacy,
exquisite food and relaxation. I dove 14 tanks and had a great time.
But one day the ocean was up and rather than miss a day of diving, I asked to
dive the private lagoon/harbor. And, I'm so glad I did. It was no more than 15
feet deep, but I had one of my best dives.
In just over an hour I saw some super cool creatures. From a sea horse that was
out swimming for over 15 minutes, to a really cool sea hare to a bunch of lion
fish, to feeding an eel and frankly the reason I wanted to dive the lagoon in
the first place, the upside down jellyfish. They're called CASSIOPEA jellyfish
and they are awesome. There was a whole colony. Check them out at the end of my
video. And if you ever get a chance, Kamalame Key is a great place to visit.
Pelicans Having Lunch
We were visiting friends in Malibu and thousands of pelicans
were gorging on fish. It went on for hours. They flew up and down the beach and
dived in and ate over and over again. And if you watch as they hit the water,
almost immediately, one or two small birds landed next to them and tried to steal
their food. It was a ton of fun to watch.
Turtle After Mating
I was in Maui diving with Charlie from the Grand Wailea. We took
a long scooter dive from the Kea Lani to the Grand. Lots of sand channels and
fun. I spotted this turtle and started filming. After a few minutes I noticed
that he must have just finished Mating. None of us had ever seen anything like
it. And we were like a bunch of high school kids in the locker room. He was enormous
and it seemed to have a life of it's own. Anyway, I've decided to share it as
after 40 years of diving, none of us have seen anything like it.
A Million Fish
I was diving in Bonaire with Harbor Village Great Adventures
and as we were swimming along, it seemed like a million fish showed up and joined
us. They didn't ball. But they were all around us and it was an awesome experience
Trumpet Fish Behavior
I was diving under the old condemned Mala Wharf Pier outside
of Lahina in Maui. I was following 2 Moorish Idols when I spotted a Trumpet Fish.
There are lots of them there, but for some reason, I thought he looked interesting.
You can see from his stomach that he had just eaten. Anyway, I stopped following
the Moorish Idols and focused on him. What started as normal Trumpet Fish behavior
got really interesting as his non-existent strips turned really dark. He let me
video him up close and personal. All in all it was a really great dive. I also
got close-up and personal with 2 white tip sharks. But that's going to be another
Octopus Bonaire Night Dive
I was staying at Harbour Village and diving with their in-house
dive shop, Great Adventures. This was a night dive and we saw some really cool
things. I particularly loved this octopus. It was a greenish blue that I hadn't
seen before. I shot this with a Sony RX100ii and an Ikelite video light. I loved
diving Bonaire and the group at Great Adventures really catered to my needs. Oh,
and the purple light you see flashing by is me too. We were testing the blue light
Floressing. It's pretty neat. With goggles that you move in and out in front of
your mask, you can see some pretty cool things.
We Ziplined. We Did It. We Lived & Loved it Too.
Ziplining is a ton of fun. It's super easy. And, the guys do
all the hard work, heavy lifting and just about everything but push you off. We
were on the Big Island of Hawaii for some diving and we saw the ad for the Umauma
Zipline experience and we couldn't resist. It said that it had the most beautiful
views of waterfalls and ponds and it didn't disappoint. With our hearts in our
hands, we headed off for the drive around the island to get there. We had a blast.
Like I said, the guys did all the work. We rode their 9 zip lines and I filmed
using my GoPro on my helmet and my HD Sony Video camera in my hands. You'll see
the wide-angle GoPro first then the normal view with my hand-held camera. We had
Drew's Stingray City Deep -
Best 12' Dive In The World
Awesome. We were in Grand Cayman at the Cobalt Coast Dive Resort
(Just perfect). I was diving 2-3 dives a day on their house reef and on their
boats. One of the dives was the Stingray City Deep (not the cruise ship Stingray
City Sandbar). It was awesome. So the next day, I chartered a boat so my snorkeling
wife could see it too and off we went. So we had 2 dive guides and me on the bottom
and my wife snorkeling above. It was an awesome hour with no crowds and lots of
Stingrays. They fed them squid and they loved the squid and the 3 of us. We were
so lucky to be able to experience these friendly beasts. They love to be petted
and acted just like dogs. Just great. And Special thanks to Greg, Steve, Christian,
C.J and Jo at Divetech (at the Cobalt Coast Resort) who made all my great dives
Drew's Fish Balls Bonaire From
Outside, Inside & Above Too.
I was diving on the house reef of Harbor Village Bonaire. Every
day I'd see the silver-sides by the thousand. But on this day, they actually balled
up and I caught it all. Then I swam into the balls and had thousands of these
tiny fish all around me. Then, that night we were having dinner at the Harbor
Village over-the-water outdoor restaurant when some tuna came in and chased the
fish up onto the beach. I only had my iPhone with me. But I got the above shots
too. It was a perfect day in paradise. Bonaire diving was amazing and the people
at Harbor Village just great.
Drew's Bonaire Shore Diving Quick Takes
I was staying at Harbor Village in Bonaire and they have 2 really
great shore diving house reefs. It's so cool to be able to walk out of my hotel
room and right into the water. It's like 50 feet to this 1st basic first reef.
But wow, the fish are awesome. You can do all the shore diving you can handle,
and it was awesome. I like it much better than the boat dives. It's so cool to
just hang out on the reef with no limits. Awesome and totally cool fish, eels
Drew's French Angelfish Hanging Out
Here are a pair of large French Angelfish just hanging out with
me. They are so tame that I just videoed them for 10 minutes without bothering
them at all. I had to back up several times just to keep them from swimming under
me. This was shot in about 30' of water on the house reef of the Cobalt Coast
Dive Resort in Grand Cayman. It was a great week with awesome reefs, great fish
and great people. The reef is really lush.
Drew's The Day Of The Squid
I've always wanted to video a squid. Diving in Grand Cayman at
the Cobalt Coast Dive Resort, I finally got my squid. This was a shore dive in
their pristine house reef. We were in about 15 feet of water at the end of the
dive and I ran into 5 squid. I concentrated on one so I could get in close. They
were only about 8-10" in length, but I finally got my squid. The soft coral,
sponges and clear water really blew me away. Great dives.
How I Use Underwater Scooters
And A Day In Turtle Town.
Many of my non-diver
friends have asked me how we get from one dive location to another. We use scooters,
much like taxis to get from place to place. They move us fast and we don't have
to kick so we save air. This movie shows you how we use the scooters so we can
film as we go and then my buddy shows how I settle in over a small reef with 4-5
turtles on it. Then finally, I'll show you the video I shot on the reef that you've
watched me shoot. It will give you a much better idea of what it's like underwater
and also just how cool it is to see the lazy turtles hanging out and going up
for air. In all, it's a totally relaxed reef where both you and the turtles can
commune with nature.
With A Peacock Flounder In Maui
Peacock flounders are really cool. They change colors to match their surroundings
and while they start life vertically, their eyes move so they become flat swimming
fish. They are really hard to spot. But once spotted them put on a great show.
It's unusual to be able to spend 10-minutes with a Peacock Flounder. But with
this video, you can really see how they change, how they move and how they interact.
This was a really cool experience.
Scorpion fish At Drew's Reef, Maui. (Old Video)
At Drew's Reef, Devil Scorpion fish or stonefish are everywhere.
They are very venomous. They are predators and they hide in plain sight by using
camouflage. They don't move and they look like rocks. So they are very hard to
see. But if a small fish swims in front of them they suck them right in. Plus
if you accidentally touch them you're in for some serious pain and more. They
are extremely venomous. There's a reef about 20 minutes scooter ride out from
the Grand Wailea hotel, that my dive buddies kindly named after me (at least when
I'm there). It's so far out that most people can't go because they'll run out
of air before they get back. It's about 80 feet deep and it's loaded with Scorpion
fish. I love going and in this very old video shot long before HD, you can see
just how much they look like rocks.
Garden Eels, Very Cool.
Now They're Here & Now They're Gone.
Garden eels actually are eels but they look more like really
long worms. They look like sea grass when you see them. But usually you don't
see them. They pull down into their holes and hide as you approach.
When they see you coming, they simply disappear into their holes and you never
see them. They're almost always found in large groups so I've always wanted to
get a video, but they always disappear as I come close. So, we found this group
and what I did this time, was aim my camera where they were and put a weight on
it. Then we swam away and waited. What you'll see is me putting down the camera,
then I put in a transition so you won't have to watch the dead space. You'll see
them most of the way up. As you watch them disappear again, that's because I was
swimming back to my camera. And that's how I recorded these really cool garden
So I've been diving for over 40
years. And you'd think that I would have seen lots of turtles eating. But, nope.
I've seen them eat. But never for very long or very much. And I've sure never
had my video camera to capture it either.
What's really strange is that my wife asked be just before I left on the dive,
had I seen a turtle eat? And I said, well, sort of. And then it happened. This
is taken in front of the Grand Wailea Hotel in about 40 feet of water at a place
we call DJ Hill.
I'm diving with my best buddy Charlie Dolfun (Yep, that's his name and he runs
the dive business at the Grand. If you're ever there, check in with him. He's
the best. You can't ever go wrong diving with Charlie. Oh, and this spot tends
to be a bit silty so that's what you see the turtle spitting out of his mouth
and nose as he eats.
Mono Lake CA Tufa &
Seagulls Feasting On Alkali Flies
When I’m not SUBA diving,
I love to see the above ground natural wonders of our wonderful world. Here are
the Tufa (singular and plural) at beautiful Mono Lake, right near Mammoth Lakes
CA. They are awesome. The Tufa are actually like stalagmites in caves, they are
made of carbonate materials. It’s like limestone. But unlike stalagmites
that form from dripping down, these eerie natural monuments are created underwater
from springs. Mono Lake is twice as salty as the ocean and while most of the Tufa
are underwater, because we in Los Angeles have used so much of the source water,
Mono Lake is low enough so we can see some of them above water.
But the best part of my day was a chance sighting of seagulls running along
the shore with their beaks wide open feasting on the Alkali Flies that blanket
the shores of Mono Lake. The flies won’t bother you, they stay very close
to the ground. But there are billions of them and it’s said that virtually
all seagulls from California are born here at Mono Lake and feast on the Alkali
flies. Also in the lake there are billions of tiny brine shrimp. The gulls actually
have to wash themselves off and drink fresh water after feeding because of the
high mineral content of the water. And, that's the same reason that I didn't go
SCUBA diving in the water. I'm told it's death on cameras and equipment. Plus
at over 6000 feet in altitude, my dive computer’s decompression tables would
be way off.
So this lake is unique in its natural
ability to feed the gulls and lots of other passing birds. It’s a veritable
feast. What’s really cool, not sure if it’s true, but when I was leaving,
I told the ranger about the video of the gulls feeding that I had taken and he
said that he’d only seen them feed 2-3 times. Wow, how cool. It’s
worth a trip to Mono Lake and Mammoth in the summer to see the rivers, waterfalls
- Valley Of Fire In NV
15 Minute Tour.
Who knew? Just an hour
outside of Las Vegas, is a wonderful, albeit small, version of Brice and Zion
National Parks. It's Nevada's oldest park, and it's simply wonderful.
(Note From Drew: I've traveled to so many places for business, now I'm
discovering just how many neat things there are to see right next to where I've
been doing business.)
My favorite part of the Valley Of Fire was walking through a slot canyon. But
if you're like us and you love rocks, this is the place for you. I spotted a few
days without rain in December and off we went. We spent the night in Vegas, then
off to the Valley of Fire. I've tried to give you a real flavor for the drive
through the park using my GoPro attached to my windshield.
Then I've inserted stills of some of the main points to give you a flavor for
what you'll see once you're out of the car. It's a really great experience. The
rocks are awesome, the petroglyphs are great and the easy hikes will blow you
away. But, it's the rocks that really make the park. They have such awesome shapes
and holes and many don't quite fit together forming really interesting shapes.
Just let your imagination go wild. You could easily spend 2 days, but you'll have
a great time and fill one day for sure. I know we did.
Drew's Manta Ray Encounter
Here's an encounter with a Manta
Ray I had in May of 07. The Manta is at what we call a cleaning station. they
come here to have the Hawaiian cleaner fish clean them up. If you are very still
and patient they won't mind having you watch. This is taken right off shore during
a beach dive right in front of the Grand Wailea Hotel with Charlie Dolfun, my
very favorite dive buddy and the man to see if you stay at the Grand. It's his
dive operation he's the best of the best.
Favorite Easy Dive Spot
Ahihi Bay, Maui Preserve
The Ta'ape Blue Stripped Snappers
These amazingly colorful fish school
in really tight formations. If you're really patient and slow, you can just about
join their schools. It's really a ton of fun to try to get close, super close.