Turtle Party!!!!!

Visiting turtles!

Visiting turtles!

Our beach is still trying to clear itself of the run-off…..and there is progress….but not enough to make me want to swim there!  The paddling conditions remain perfect, though, so I am continuing to paddle out of there.  I paddled south towards the boat ramp and encountered my first turtle of the day just as I was passing Kam III!  Strangely, Kam III was not as clear as yesterday, but the boat ramp was pristine.  I was the only paddler at the boat ramp and I enjoyed ten turtles right away!  Then I paddled south of the boat lane and got to enjoy three more turtles!  I paddled to the north of the boat lane and ran into a paddling friend and before we knew it……she pointed out five turtles all hanging together on the surface! We paddled over to the turtle party and one by one they disappeared.  My friend left because she wanted to go to a yoga class, but I stayed on a bit longer and enjoyed three more turtles!  One of the turtles was “Lizard”….. and the last turtle was a really little turtle!  I paddled back in perfect conditions and paddled in almost all the way to the shoreline…..to avoid as much of the brown water as possible!  After I strapped my board on my car, I headed down the road to the beach by the Mana Kai Resort.  The public parking lot was really full, but I managed to fit in one remaining parking spot.  The conditions for swimming were ideal with no wind blowing yet!  I headed right out to swim and swam south.  Suddenly a big turtle surprised me as it swam right under me!  Then it turned and swam north, so I just swam with it a few feet under me.  Suddenly tourists were diving down and trying to bother the turtle!!!!!!  One of them had a camera and was taking photos and the other one was harassing the turtle!  I really hate it when people do that….but the turtle wasn’t having it and swam up towards me, swimming not more than six inches from my body!  Then it surfaced in front of my face, so I gave it a rub on its shell!  I never go after the turtles, but if they approach me that close, I will rub their shell.  It was a beautiful turtle!  It surfaced one more time in front of me and then it swam out around the coral reef.  I turned and swam south again, only to run into another turtle!!!!  It was quite a turtle day!!

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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