Turtle Party!!!!

oh hello!

oh hello!

This morning there was already wind blowing from the north and the water was not glassy.  The day was beautiful, though, and the water clear.  I paddled against the wind for about ten minutes, and then turned to go south.  About five minutes later, the wind backed off completely and the water got glassy!  What a quick switch!  I paddled down to the boat ramp and had the place all to myself again.  I waited a little while for the turtles to appear, but it was well worth it!  Up they came, one at a time, and then two at a time……and then suddenly I was in a turtle triangle!  Then two more turtles surfaced and I was surrounded!  Just as I was sitting the middle of the turtle party, a paddling friend joined us.  She brought her mask and snorkel and was going to lay on her board and watch the turtles below….and since I had a bunch of them around me, she had a lot to look at!  She told me that there were five turtles right under me and two of them were just sitting on the bottom hanging out.  I paddled farther north and three turtles popped up and I was in a turtle triangle again!  I yelled to her to come over where I was and she said the turtles were following me, so she paddled over to take a look.  They were under me again!  Then a few other paddlers cruised through the area, but the turtles disappeared, only to surface again after they paddled past us.  Then it was a turtle party again!  Some of the turtles were so friendly and hanging right by our boards and then diving down and swimming under us.  I counted over twenty turtles and quit counting!!!  I stayed down at the boat ramp for quite a while and the wind still did not come back up.  Paddling back was very nice with just some fun little bumps to paddle over, but no wind.  It was so nice and glassy that I continued paddling until I got to Charley Young Beach, and then sat out there for a little while. I knew it was going to be hard to go in again today!  The wind stayed out while I swam and I enjoyed quite a few tropical fish down at the reef.  The wind just started to come up as I was getting ready to leave, so the timing ended up being perfect!  It was great to get treated to a turtle party today!

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-four years. I have been stand up paddling for over five years. I am married to Bob; have three grown children, five grandchildren,( two grandsons and three grand daughters.) I live in Kihei, on the South shore of Maui, right up the street from Kamaole Beach Park I. I paddle from Kam I almost every morning. I love living the island life and I love sharing my paddling adventures! Come join me! Maui No Ka Oi!
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