Manta Rays, Turtles and Fish, Oh My!!


Wow, another gorgeous day!  I headed out paddling and ran into a paddling friend.  She was pointing north and then I saw the Manta Rays!  We followed the two Manta Rays down to Cove park.  At one point I was paddling right next to one of the Manta Rays!  We followed them back and forth and then the turtles started to surface.  There were so many turtles of all sizes!  I don’t usually paddle north but today it was spectacular in that direction so we kept paddling north and ended up outside of Kalama Park.  I didn’t realize that there was so much coral that way and in some spots, the coral juts up right to the water’s surface!  After counting a dozen turtles, I lost track.  I was sitting watching two turtles out in front of me, and then a really little turtle popped up right next to me and took me by surprise!  Then we paddled south and suddenly I had turtles to the left of me and a Manta Ray on the right of me!  Then it happened again!  We also saw a couple of schools of fish…. one school was yellow fish and the other striped.  All the sea creatures seemed very happy to be swimming around the coral!  I don’t know how long we stayed down there, but on the way back, we ran into another Manta Ray!  The water was so clear you could see everything under the water.  I hated to come in, but I wanted to swim too.  The wind only came up a little bit, which made my swim somewhat choppy, but it was really nice too.  What a nice day and what a lot of sea creatures in one morning!  I never made it down to the boat ramp today either… was too much fun paddling north!!

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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