Matt Standal

Photojournalist, reporter, writer, skier and former professional scuba diving instructor

Posts by Matt Standal

The legendary Moray Eels of Big Island

Perfectly framed by the classic 1970’s adventure flick “The Deep,” (1977) the tenuous relationship between divers and big eels is always a good topic of scuba conversation. Dive Instructors in some tourist destinations go as far as to name big eels and give them cut-up hotdogs by hand. Not me. Photo Courtesy Hawaii State Fishing
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Cruising Fantasy Reef On DPV

Skillfully operating a diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) is a skill every advanced diver should master. These “scooters,” as they’re commonly known, are primarily used to transport scuba divers at double or triple their normal speed underwater. Requiring little effort, DPV divers also use less energy, save air, and are able to survey wider sections of
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Back in Hawaii

Back in Hawaii

After my Midwinter  journey to Minnesota, Scuba Matt is now back in action on Oahu! Check out the newest dive report at Island Divers Hawaii for a mutant sea turtle!

My Best SCUBA Class!

These guys were the most fun I’ve had in weeks! Thanks for all your hard works Brad, Mike, April, Chad, Pooja, and Missy P.S. I’ve been looking for this sweet picture for almost two weeks.  It’s a classic Oahu turtle discovery. – ScubaMatt

Knowing how deep to go …

The skilled diver knows how deep to go and calculates his bottom time accordingly while planning for rapidly changing environmental conditions. Here in Oahu, the task can be as simple as monitoring your bottom timer on a shallow reef dive with 100 foot visibility at slack tide with no current. However,  it can be as
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Who’s Watching Who?

Here in Hawaii, the friendly Green Sea Turtle or “Honu,” is seen as a symbol of good fortune, beauty, and conservation. Underwater, they’re almost like friendly puppy dogs who gaze  at divers through huge, seemingly introspective, and certainly loveable eyes. In ancient times, Honu were revered as an “Aumakua” or guiding animal spirit for sea-dwelling people.  Rarely
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Why I like Scrawled Filefish and Underwater Kung Fu

Like so many creatures of the sea, the obscure filefish has a story to tell.  Peering at you over its razor-sharp eye hooks, the creature retracts its fan-like tail and pops it back open again. You are reminded of a Shaolin Kung-Fu Master who has perfected the elegant yet deadly fan-form. Florida legends tell of
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Hold on little buddy!

More Scubamatt posts coming soon! I’ve got plenty of excited students and lots of classes to teach. Some cool posts on the PADI Rescue Diver Course and more fish pics are to come of course! However, my scuba camera is down right now, and I’m making due with others. – Matt

Diving East Oahu’s Sea Cave is the Sh**t!

Ok, so this one is an oldie but a goodie here on East Oahu. Passing the community of Portlock near Hawaii Kai, you’ll find Kawaihoa Point (better known as Koko Head). A boat ride from the marina here takes about 15 minutes.  Motor around the corner at this point and soon you’ll see a large
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Tiger Shark eats goat!

Tiger Shark eats goat!

Check out this goat-tastic news clip from the Big Island. It seems that a rancher with a sick sense of humor, or a goat with a bad sense of direction made one hungry tiger shark a happy boy. The question is: how did the goat get there? Anyway you know what they say — as
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