Turtles, Turtles and more Turtles!!

Path to Paradise!

Path to Paradise!

Well,  I got a late start this morning and almost didn’t go down to the beach.  The day was looking pretty perfect, though, so I got my rear in gear and went down anyway.  Boy am I glad I did!  Even though it was almost 9:30 a.m. before I got out on the water, it was so perfect.  The skies were mostly clear and sunny and the wind wasn’t blowing either….how lucky!  I paddled straight down to the boat ramp and when I got there, I counted five stand up paddlers and a kayak already sitting in my spot!  It was so late that I wondered if I would see any turtles and I was sure the boats would be roaring in at any moment, but did I ever get lucky today!  All the boats were really late coming in and there were a ton of turtles. They were everywhere!  The turtles were popping up all over.  At one point five turtles all surfaced at once and I was surrounded!   I saw “Bumpy” a few times, too, and I also saw “Spot” a couple of times!  The conditions were so perfect I couldn’t believe it.  I counted over twenty turtles and then a paddling friend cruised up and we saw a few more!  Finally, the boats started to make their way in so we decided to paddle back.  We ran into a turtle at Kam III and then several more turtles at Kam I!  I couldn’t believe how nice it was staying!  My friend headed back to Kam II to go swimming and I headed in at Kam I.  My swim was just as perfect and the water felt so nice!  I hope the conditions stay like this for a few more days!  Not bad for the middle of January.

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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