Seven Lovely Turtles!!

Nice day!

Nice day!

Yesterday I was so glad to be back out on the water, even though it was windy when I went out.  I paddled north into the wind for a while to see what it was going to do.  It wasn’t backing off, so I turned and paddled south.  I ended up down at the boat ramp, but by that time, the tour boat was there and had already dropped all of it’s snorkelers off.  I stayed for just a few minutes and didn’t see one single turtle!  The wind just wasn’t letting up and I paddled against it all the way back.  The wind backed off just a little when I went for my swim, but then it came back in!  Today it looked perfect out there……as you can see in the photo, but believe it or not, by the time I got out in the water, the wind had picked up!  I decided to just paddle down to the boat ramp anyway.  I was earlier than yesterday, so I had the place to myself for a while!  As soon as I paddled in, three turtles surfaced!  I paddled up between them.  Then another bigger turtle popped up farther north so I paddled over.  It was a really friendly turtle!  I sat at the boat ramp for a while and hoped for more turtles, but only two more surfaced and I sat between them.  Six turtles were better than no turtles!  The wind backed off and I was able to paddle back in calmer conditions.  It stayed nice through my swim and I even got to swim with a turtle today!  It was moving along pretty quickly, but I kept up with it.  The turtle only surfaced once, to get a quick gulp of air, and then it dove down by the bottom.  I turned around and swam back to the reef to watch the fish.  The water visibility is really good right now!  The wind seemed to be coming in and out, but the skies got really overcast and it almost looked like it might storm, so I went home.  It was still a very nice day!!

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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