33 stunning photos that reveal the beauty and mystery of life under the (warm water) sea

Do you ever wonder what’s really going on under the sea?

Meet Bo Pardau, one of Hawaii’s finest underwater photographers. Bo’s photos reveal vivid glimpses into the beautiful mystery of life under the sea.

Scroll through some of Bo’s spectacular images and learn a little about him and his work.

Sargassum frogfish six miles offshore

 

Domino damselfish hover over an antler coral

 

Banded coral shrimp ready to clean

 

Harbor squid

Bo’s life changed in 1990, when he decided to get dive certified in the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Northern California. He was 40 at the time.

 

Lagoon triggerfish

 

Yellow tangs clean a honu

 

Wall in the Grand Cayman

Bo is based in Kona on the Big Island, where’s he’s been since 2004.

 

Yellow tangs on reef

 

Natural aquarium

 

Bo loves capturing the interactions between marine life and — often — humans. Many of the small creatures he photographs require SCUBA gear and strobes, but many of his images are captured in ambient light while free-diving with large animals.

 

Akule bait ball

 

Akule bait ball

 

Akule bait ball

 

Underwater sand castles

 

Dolphin leaf game

 

Dolphins ascending

 

Dolphin leaf game

 

Dolphin dance!

Bo’s images are well-known in Hawaii, and commissioned by several dive companies. His images are also attracting international attention in publications and the sale of his prints.

 

Akule storm

 

Honu in shallow water

 

After moving to Kona with his wife Jamie — who’s also a diver — Bo worked as a dive guide for the world famous manta ray night dive on the Big Island. He retired in 2012, and now, with Jamie, travels the world on exotic dive excursions.

 

Manta ray feeding at night

 

Galapagos shark

 

Curious hammerhead shark

 

Tiger shark in harbor

 

Whale shark

 

 

Great white shark in Guadalupe

 

 

Humpback whales

 

While underwater photography is his main focus, he also loves to go to the top of Mauna Kea to shoot the Milky Way.

 

The Milky Way as seen from 13,000 feet atop Mauna Kea

Mahalo, Bo, for sharing with Sunny Maui Vacations!

Enjoy more of Bo’s images at www.flickr.com/photos/bodiver
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