Thirteen Turtles!!

Thirteen turtles!

Thirteen turtles!

It was a beautiful day, although it seemed as if the wind was coming up already, but I took off down to the boat ramp.  About half-way down, the wind backed off and it got perfect!  When I arrived at the boat ramp, I was the only one there.  Within a few minutes, I spotted my first turtle for the day, so I paddled out to it.  Just as I got there, three more turtles surfaced and I was immediately surrounded!  It was so perfect! The turtles kept coming up until I had counted thirteen turtles!  Then a dive charter boat roared up and anchored near where I was sitting.  At the time I had three turtles around me, and I heard a woman on board say, “She comes out here every morning to hang around with the turtles, what a life, huh?”  The five passengers put on snorkel gear and jumped into the water.  One of the snorkelers was pretty aggressive and was chasing the turtles!  The same woman from the boat yelled at him to stop harassing the turtles….but he didn’t stop.  Pretty soon the turtles all disappeared.  They were probably hiding in the coral shelves.  I really get annoyed when tourists do this.  I paddled back in perfect conditions and I was hoping that it would stay nice for my swim.  Luckily, the conditions cooperated and my swim was lovely!  Lots of fish down at the reef today.  The wind didn’t start to come up until about 11:30 a.m. today and I sure was glad!  Such a beautiful day on Maui today!

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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