Twenty Turtles and a Gorgeous Day!!

Shark!

Shark!

Thank goodness these sharks are in the aquarium at the Maui Ocean Center!  I wouldn’t want to run into one of them out swimming.  Today was a gorgeous day on Maui, even with the VOG in the air making the island of Lanai invisible.  When the wind is absent, the conditions are usually really good, but then the VOG creeps in…. I guess some days you can’t have everything!  My first turtle of the day surprised me just as I was paddling out at Kam I! Then I paddled down to the boat ramp and I had the place to myself, which was odd since it was a Sunday.  I was a bit earlier than on other days, so maybe that is why, but I am not complaining!  At first, only one turtle surfaced to visit, and then there was a long wait.  The conditions were so nice that I just laid back on my board and floated for a while.  Pretty soon I heard a splash, and looked up and a turtle must have swam up to my board and then dove under!  I like it when the turtles come to check me out.  By the time I had counted a dozen turtles I thought about paddling back.  The visibility was so good that I could see turtles swimming down by the rocks and coral!  Suddenly five turtles surfaced and I was surrounded.  Then two more turtles surfaced too so that was twenty turtles for the day, counting the one at Kam I.  I paddled back in perfect conditions and I admit it was a difficult decision to go in, but I was looking forward to swimming.  It stayed nice all the way through my swim and I even saw Unicorn fish down at the reef today!  What a 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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