Six Turtles and One Manta Ray!!

Lovely day!

Lovely day!

It was another lovely day on Maui, but the wind was already threatening to come in.  The ocean was not calm like the past two mornings.  I paddled out and headed south.  When I got to the boat ramp, I had the place to myself.  I spotted what I thought was my first turtle for the day…… but it ended up being a big Manta Ray!  I followed it around for a while and then it flew out of the water about two feet and then splashed back in!  I wasn’t expecting that!  After it disappeared, I noticed a turtle swimming under the water on the right side of my board.  Then another turtle popped up on the left side of my board!  After those two turtles left, I paddled out a bit farther and came across another turtle.  Soon another paddler came into the area and we chatted briefly and she spotted a turtle out farther.   The conditions had improved and it was quite nice at the boat ramp since the wind had backed off.  Then,  I saw a big nasty cane smoke cloud rising up over South Kihei!  I wish they would stop burning sugar cane!  I wasn’t sure how soon I might be having to smell that smoke, so I started paddling back.  Just as I was passing Kam II, another turtle surfaced!  The wind started to gain strength again, so I headed in.  Half way in I spotted a turtle swimming under the water!  That made six turtles for the day and ONE Manta Ray!  I knew my swim might be somewhat bumpy and it was.  The water visibility was not as good as it was yesterday but I could still see the fish at the reef.  I swam back against the wind.  Despite the windy conditions…..it was still a lovely 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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