Breezy, Then Perfect!!

Boat ramp dazzle!

Boat ramp dazzle!

It was a beautiful morning, but it started out breezy.  I got a late start and didn’t get out in the water until nine o’clock, which is much later than I intended to.  Parking was a pain and I couldn’t get a parking spot to save my life and ended up across the street anyway!  A lot of people were out on the water today since it is Sunday and there are a lot of visitors on the island right now too.  Even though there were a lot of people out, I still could find peace and quiet out on the ocean which is nice.  I paddled in ripply conditions all the way down to the boat ramp, but once I got there the wind backed off and it was perfect!  The turtles started out slow because there were four snorkelers in the area and they were diving down at the turtles.  They always hide out when that happens.  Tourists don’t always understand that it’s not a good thing to dive and chase the turtles and these snorkelers did not understand that they were swimming in the boat lane either!  I watched while two boats went past them, one on each side of the snorkelers and that is very dangerous.  After waiting a while, a paddling friend showed up at the boat ramp.  By that time I had counted about seven turtles and we waited.  The snorkelers left the area and then the turtles started to emerge, two at a time and three at a time!  We were surrounded and then one of the turtles popped up between us so it was in between us!  I saw Lizard again today!  When the boats started to come in, we decided to paddle back.  I had counted about sixteen turtles in all for the day.  We paddled back in perfect conditions and at Kam II, we ran into another paddling friend who had been paddling north.  We chatted for a while and then paddled down to Kam I.  We both decided we were going in to take our swims, so she headed back to Kam II and I paddled in.  On my way in I looked down and spotted a turtle right under me!  I stopped for a few minutes and the turtle surfaced next to me.  The turtle had a really long tail too and it couldn’t have been Lizard from the boat ramp, so I guess there is a Kam I Lizard also!  It popped its head up a couple of times and then dove down.  The conditions held for my swim and it was really nice and clear.  I watched the fish for a few minutes down at the reef and then swam back.  It ended up being a really perfect day!!

 

About wildwahinepaddler

I have been happily living on Maui for the past twenty-three 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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