If you’re a regular reader, you may have missed me over the last several days. Tony and I returned today from a week with a best, good friend in Maui. We left the island yesterday just past noon, and arrived in Traverse City this morning around 8:30. We’re still a bit jet-lagged, though I will say the 3-4 hour nap helped tremendously, even if that does make it two days in a row that went breakfast…dinner with lunch stuck in the time vortex.
But you didn’t come here to listen to my travel complaints – you (probably) came here for sea turtles. We actually rose with the sun (or earlier) each day, and had a week full of adventures including multiple snorkeling expeditions, a kayaking outing, a driving/exploring tour of the island’s circumference, a few hikes, and yes, a bit of surfing. In retrospect, I probably should have tried to fit in more surfing, because I love it even in my completely novice state. Still, my favorite thing this trip was swimming with the sea turtles.
Meg is in her fifth year on Maui, and as an avid adventurer, she knows some great places that she was kind enough to share with us. I’d tell you where we went, but 1) I’m not entirely sure that snorkeling spots aren’t like mushroom spots where you say things are great but never actually identify the location, and 2) Meg drove the whole time so I have NO idea where anything really was. What I can tell you is that we drove from the Kihei area and through Lahaina to get to this place. I think I’m not making that up.
We watched the waves roll in and spend themselves on the far point across the protected “turtle cove” (That’s my name for this place. It maybe/probably has a name, but I don’t know it.) for several minutes before suiting up and hopping into the briny water.
Before we had even tipped a fin into the water, we had spotted three turtles. I’m not sure how many we saw in total, but I’d guess at least a lot. (I was going to throw in a number here, but Tony and I can’t come to any consensus beyond “It was a bunch…or at least it seemed to be.”)
Gulping air. Do you see both turtles?
Obviously these guys are used to swimming with humans. They don’t swim up to you to check you out, but they don’t mind terribly if you swim up to them. They slowly rudder their way around you, and if they’re mightily annoyed, they dive into the coral and hide.
We swam within inches of these gentle giants numerous times, and for quite a ways. Even though one of those pictures above might look like I was reaching out to high-five a turtle, I did not. None of them tried to hitch a ride on my back, so I figure fair’s fair. If you snorkel with the turtles, please have the same respect.