The Hawaiian Islands are one of the largest and most remote island chains on the planet. The chain continues to be created through a rich and progressive geological and volcanic activity, providing a tremendous diversity of ecological nichés for its unique flora and fauna to inhabit.

The reefs of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i are some of the best diving of the main Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island of Hawai’i is the youngest (0.4-0.7 million years old) and southern-most island in the Hawaiian Island chain with dramatic marine and terrestrial environments.

Working with Kona Honu Divers, we will run the Methods in Mesophotic: Primer (MMP). Diving in the warm lucid and low current waters of the South Kona coast, provides the ideal environment for those wishing to test their abilities and prepare for expedition research, particularly to the mesophotic depths at remote locations of the Indo-Pacific.

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To expand your skills and participate in expedition research projects this Primer will enable you to learn important procedures tailored to mesophotic depths. The Methods in Mesophotic: Primer (MMP) is available at this location, and will prepare you for future expedition research.

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The remoteness of the archipelago limits the number of organisms that have naturally arrived here and thereafter persisted. The resilient species that have travelled great distances to the islands have evolved into a variety of forms leading to a wealth of novel biodiversity unknown anywhere else on the planet (endemism). Yet, such unique fauna and flora can and has led to high rates of species extinction in our current time.

During this Primer (MMP), you will not only learn the fundamentals for expedition and research diving, but also the processes by which what you see come about.