Perfect Paddling Day and Twenty-five Turtles!!

so many buddies!

so many buddies!

After yesterdays windy day,  I was looking forward to some calm conditions and that’s just what I got for today!  I ran across a turtle by the buoy on my way paddling out, so I stopped and followed it around for a few minutes.  It surfaced for a minute and then swam away.  There was a slight breeze blowing from the north.  Just as I made my way out, I spotted a paddling friend out farther.  I paddled out to her and we chatted for a few minutes and paddled together down to the boat ramp.  When we arrived, there were a few other paddlers already there.  After a few minutes, turtles started to surface.  I spotted two turtles in closer to the shore,  so I paddled in, but when I got to them it was three turtles!  I cruised right up into the turtle triangle, and then my friend yelled that there was a turtle behind me and another one right next to it!  I pointed out the three turtles in front of me, then looked at the two behind me and shouted, “surrounded!!!”  I love when that happens!  More turtles popped up and some were very friendly.  My friend decided to paddle back but I stayed for a while.  After she left, even more turtles surfaced, ending with a repeat of three turtles, turning into five turtles and being surrounded again!  Altogether, I counted twenty-five turtles for the day!  The day was so perfect and paddling back was just as nice as when I started out.  As I was heading towards Kam I, I ran into my friend again.  She told me it was already 10:30 a.m.!  I paddled in and went for my swim.  It was very mellow and at the reef I saw a baby Puffer fish that was so tiny.  It could not have been more than three inches long!  I have never seen one that tiny.  I also watched two small Ulua fish checking out the reef action.  The nice conditions continued and it didn’t get windy until about the time I left the beach.  I love days like this!!

 

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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