Twenty Turtles!!!

Kalama Park

Kalama Park

This is a photo I took yesterday at Kalama Park.  It was a perfect day in and out of the water, but I was spending the day with my two-year old grandson.  We enjoyed watching the stand up paddlers and surfers and the water was super clear, as was the air!  The trade winds have come back to rescue us from the VOG, so I am very happy about that.  Today was just as perfect as yesterday and I was definitely going out paddling!  It was great to be able to clearly see the islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe for a change!  I paddled down to the boat ramp and got lucky that I was the only one there, except for two snorkelers.  The first ten turtles surfaced, but they didn’t stick around and I think it was because of the splashing that the snorkelers were doing.  The snorkelers were visitors from Canada based on the accent I was hearing, so when I got a chance to speak to them, I told them if they weren’t splashing around the turtles would get very friendly.  Finally they swam away and before long, the turtles started to pop up!  It was so perfect down at the boat ramp that I just laid back on my board and listened to the turtles coming up to look at me.  When I did look up, I saw three turtles all around me just floating!  A paddling friend showed up and she told me I was surrounded again!  I hung out with my friend for a while and we saw a turtle line up (three turtles floating all in a row!) and we got to sit in a turtle triangle too!  I am pretty sure I counted at least twenty turtles down there for today!  My friend had to leave and I decided to paddle back.  My friend told me she had been surrounded by Manta Rays earlier further north, so I thought I would paddle that way and maybe see them, but there was no sign of the Rays.  It was hard to go in since it was so very nice out on the water, but I wanted to swim while the conditions were so good.  My swim was delightful!  The reef was clear again and it was teeming with fish, especially the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish!  (I hope I spelled that right!).  The day stayed just perfect, and it was still nice when I left.  I hope the next few days are just like today!  We’ll see…..



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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2 Responses to Twenty Turtles!!!

  1. Glad you had fun with your Grandson and SUPing, it looked perfect this morning. I’ve been windsurfing a lot lately, hope to see you soon!

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