VOG is lifting!!!!

Chileano Bay

Chileno Bay

No, this is not a photo of Maui.  This is our snorkeling spot we like in Cabo San Lucas.  The water was so warm….warmer than Hawaii….and the fish would swim right up into your face sometimes!  The fish in Mexico just seem so much more friendly to me, so I wonder if it has something to do with how warm the ocean is there this time of year?  Yesterday, on Maui, the VOG was awful!  The conditions were really nice on the ocean….but the VOG was intense and it gave me a headache.  I did paddle down to the boat ramp and had fourteen turtles visit with me so it was worth it though!  Today, the VOG had lifted for the most part.  There was a breeze blowing from the south, but even the top of Haleakala was clear today!  I ran into a turtle just as I was going out paddling…..it popped up right in front of me at Kam I!  I stayed with it for a few minutes and then it dove down and disappeared.  I continued paddling down to the boat ramp and when I got there, I was the only one there!  I immediately spotted two turtles and proceeded to paddle between them, but then a third turtle popped up in front of me so I had an immediate turtle triangle!  I thanked them for that!  Then a turtle I recognized started popping up by me….and it was Torpedo Head!  It popped its head up and swam completely around me….and then took off.  Turtles #6 and #7 surfaced near me too but by the time I paddled over to them, they had disappeared.  The ocean had gotten so glassy while I was there, but I was happy with my seven turtles for today and headed back.  It was a nice paddle back and I kept going until I got down to Charley Young Beach and then I turned in.  The conditions stayed nice throughout my swim, although the underwater visibility was a bit clouded in spots.  By the time I was going to leave another breeze had started up, but it couldn’t decide whether to blow north, south, or onshore!  I hope the VOG is gone tomorrow too!

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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