A midday snorkel lead to an amazing turtle encounter. There were 5 or more turtles that would swim, rest on bottom, interact with each other and float around. Watched them for over 30 minutes before getting a little too cold to stay out.
The waters surrounding Maui are filled with beautiful sea life. Vibrant fish, turtles and more to surprise you each time you snorkel, swim or dive. Several different days brought some great experiences and rejuvenation. Turtles playing with each other, colorful fish of different sizes and an eel being pestered by a small colorful fish.
Headed to the westside early on a beautiful Maui morning on North Kihei Rd the sun rose above Haleakala. It created this vibrant golden yellow effect on the clouds by the west Maui mountains. Awesome way to start the day.
Kanaha beach park is tucked away to the north of the Kahului airport and is a nice place to relax. The pine forest is peaceful with views of the ocean. It blocks the strong trade winds while remaining cool on hot days too. The light along with the green against the blue sky and tropical water make for some stunning views that rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
Headed out of Kihei a hole in the clouds allowed the sun to shine through. It created a nice bright spot on the west Maui mountains. If you look close you can see some misty clouds being pulled into one of the crevaces in the mountains. Even cloudy mornings bring magical views on Maui!
Launiupoko is a beautiful west Maui park great to relax, surf, swim and hang out with friends. Everyone that went this Tuesday afternoon got the treat of seeing a monk seal sleeping on the beach. These creatures are an endangered species, so you must observe from a distance and not disturb them. Fortunately with digital photos and editing you can view it closer than you can get up to them. This seal was relaxing on it's back then flipped over to it's stomach and back while the shore break washed up on it. While out surfing it happened to swim near the wave I was riding.
Kamaole Point between Kamaole Beaches 2 and 3 is a great quick snorkel spot. This day there were lots of turtles, a Unicorn fish and a Humuhumu (reef trigger fish). Saw the most turtles of any snorkel so far! Below are the most turtle pictures in one blog post so far and the two fish.
Loved Maui since the first time here and now it's home. Been convincing people to experience the magic here for years. This place makes you feel so alive and in awe of the beauty. You can look at the same places everyday and see something new. Also you run into interesting people and share good stories and times unexpectedly. This is something that needs to be shared, so here we are! It won't document everything, but things where getting a photo or having the time to write it down is possible will be posted here. Aloha and Mahalo from Maui.