I got out late again today…..but it was so perfect! I paddled straight down to the boat ramp. On the way, I ran into a paddling friend and she said she had seen a lot of turtles already! She was right! Immediately we had six turtles all at once surrounding us! Then there were four more surfacing and I got some photos! Bumpy was among the turtles for today too. It was so perfect and so many turtles, but then the red snorkel boat roared in and all the turtles disappeared. I heard the snorkelers saying all the turtles were on the bottom….probably hiding out! My friend and I started to paddle north when there was a huge splash out farther! My friend said it looked like a huge manta ray that shot right out of the water and dropped back in! We have been on the look out for whales lately but hadn’t seen any yet. The conditions stayed perfect all the way back and just got a little windy from Kam 2 to Kam I. The water is very clear right now so I am really enjoying all the fish down at the reef. I followed two large Puffer fishes around for a while and saw a lot of new little tropical fish hanging around the recently exposed reef. It was just a beautiful day…..I hope it’s this nice tomorrow too! Later I did see two whales spouting out from Kam 2 too, so maybe they are going to start coming in closer to shore…….
Wow, it seems like ages since I posted last. The last time I paddled before today, was last Monday! Last Monday was a bumpy ride, but today was perfect! I didn’t get out on the water until almost 9:30 a.m. but the conditions were so perfect, I decided to head straight down to the boat ramp. Down at the boat ramp it was pretty quiet, only one little boat hanging around. The turtles have been so scarce lately, so I didn’t even bring my iPhone for pictures. It figures that I would have a great turtle day when I left my phone behind! Fourteen turtles at the boat ramp! I sat between two sets of two; one turtle floated right up to my board and bumped into me! Turtles were popping up all over the place! I was so happy to be surrounded by turtles again. It was so nice at the boat ramp that I didn’t want to leave! The conditions could not have been more perfect. I paddled back in nice conditions and ran into a paddling friend outside of Kam 2. She told me that it had been windy when she started out earlier in the morning….. so I guess I got very lucky with the conditions! Just as we were sitting there chatting, a big turtle surfaced by us…..that made the number of turtles for the day fifteen! My swim was just as perfect and it was very hard to leave the beach because it was so perfect still! I could use a few more consecutive days like today!
The wind has been crazy! I ended up just swimming on Monday and yesterday it was blown out early, so today I was going out no matter what! When I first got up this morning the wind was not blowing, but by the time I got to the beach, the wind was blowing from the north/west. It was such a nice Fall day, but it was going to be a windy ride! Sure enough, the wind kept blowing from the north, so I paddled into the wind down to Kalama Park. I stayed there watching the surfers and hoping that some turtles would come around….but no turtles today. When I turned to paddle south, the wind pushed me along! I got down to Kam 2, when I ran into a paddling friend, so we paddled and chatted. Suddenly the wind backed off and it got really nice! It was getting late and neither of us trusted the wind, so we paddled north down to Charley Young Beach. Well, it stayed nice! I didn’t want to go in but I wanted to swim too. The wind stayed reasonable while I swam and the water is still so warm. The visibility was not a good as Monday. though, down at the reef, but I still saw fish! It was still pretty nice when I left the beach…not too hot and not too windy. I hope this wind gets back to normal soon!
When I got up this morning, the skies were overcast and it was a bit windy. Finally the sun came out and I headed down to the beach. The wind was still blowing but I decided to go out anyway. The wind was blowing from the south, like yesterday, but today it was stronger. I paddled against the wind all the way down to the boat ramp, but when I arrived there, the wind backed off a bit and it got really nice down there! One turtle popped up as I passed Kam 3, but no turtles surfaced while I was at the boat ramp. Two people were snorkeling so I asked them if they were seeing any turtles and they said six turtles were down on the bottom. For whatever reason, the turtles are not coming up like they usually do. I met a paddling friend down at the boat ramp, so we paddled back together and the wind pushed us north. She went in at Kam 2 and I headed back to Kam I. Just as I was passing the point between the two beaches, I spotted a big turtle under the water! It was windy, but I tried to stay with it until it surfaced. It surfaced twice, but I was getting pushed around by the wind! I made it in but it stayed windy while I swam too. The water is still so warm and there were a lot of fish down by the reef. I hope this early morning wind stops soon. The trade winds are necessary, but usually they wait until later in the day to come up. I want another calm day like yesterday! I know…..I’m spoiled!
Wow, what a beautiful day! The wind wasn’t blowing and the water was calm…. perfect conditions. I didn’t get out until 9:30 a.m. but I decided to head straight down to the boat ramp anyway. It was smooth paddling all the way down, even a bit hot since no wind was blowing at all. There is Vog in the air too and the island of Lanai was barely visible. I ran into a paddling friend down at the boat ramp, so we chatted for a while and not a single turtle surfaced. The water visibility was great too but no turtles were around today. I ended up staying out for an hour and a half though!
It was hard to come in since it was so nice, but I wanted to get my swim in too. The ocean water is still so warm! There were lots of fish down at the reef but no turtles there either. I hope tomorrow is just as nice and the turtles come out from wherever they are hiding!