Windy, Eight Turtles and a Pod of Dolphins!!

Hello buddy!

Hello buddy!

The morning looked really nice and the water wasn’t totally calm, but it was still nice.  I was thinking that it would be nice to see some dolphins today while I paddled down to the boat ramp.  I was met by one friendly turtle, and then two more surfaced and I sat in between them!  I was the only one down there which was amazing since it is a Sunday.  More turtles surfaced and I laid back on my board and put my right arm in the water and one of them rubbed up against my arm!  Then I watched two more turtles swimming underneath my board for a few minutes.  Suddenly I noticed that the wind was coming in and decided to paddle back before it got crazy……but then I noticed two outrigger canoes zipping by and they were paddling with a pod of Spinner dolphins!  Oh, I sprang into action!  I paddled hard to get to them and was paddling behind the canoes with about twenty to thirty dolphins all around!  I was near the end and a smaller dolphin flew out of the water, spun around and splashed back in right in front of me! Wow!  I was paddling hard to keep up, but the wind was bearing down on me, and the dolphins eventually disappeared beyond me.  Now I had to paddle hard just to keep going north with bumpy water and hissing white caps plummeting me!  It took me forever to get back and I never saw the dolphins again.  It was worth the struggle to paddle with dolphins though!  It’s always a great day when I get turtles and dolphins!  The wind didn’t back off and I swam in rough water too.  The water visibility is improving, but it was still cloudy down by the reef, although I did see some fish friends.  It was a wild day and the wind never backed off!  I’d be happy if the wind came in later tomorrow…..we will see!

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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