Hanging With Nine Turtles!!

Honu!

Honu!

It was a beautiful summer day…..but there was no parking available in the beach lot, so I had to park across the street today.  Usually I wait it out, but the wind seemed to be coming up and I didn’t want to miss my paddling opportunity!  The wind was blowing from the south and it prevailed until I reached the boat ramp, and then it got so perfect and glassy!  I spotted my first turtle down closer to the boat lane, so I paddled over, but it turned out to be two turtles!  I cruised up between them to sit.  Then another turtle surfaced beyond the second turtle and I paddled in between those two turtles!  Next I ended up in a turtle triangle, and then two more turtles popped up and I was surrounded! I counted nine turtles in all for today and even though the conditions were still very nice, I headed back.  At any minute, the wind could roar in just like yesterday so I wanted to try to avoid that.  Luckily for me, the conditions stayed nice all the way back to Kam I!  I kept my eye out for dolphins, since I had seen several dolphins this morning cruising past Kam I on the beach cam, but I didn’t see any today.  I was so surprised to check the beach cam this morning and see the dolphins!  After I came in, a strange swell started and it was generating some shore break waves, so the lifeguards posted the red flags.   I swam out past the breakers to get my swim in, but the water visibility was kicked up by the waves breaking and that made me decide against swimming all the way down to the reef today.  Still, it was a beautiful summer day….but I hope the swell is short-lived and gone by tomorrow!!

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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