Life Changing Snorkel With Turtle On Maui
I took a trip to Maui by myself a couple of years ago. I had no snorkel buddy and so stuck to the "tamer" snorkel sites for the most part. I started out at Ulua Beach, where I had snorkeled several times on previous trips. It's a rocky point between Ulua and Mokapu Beaches, just into the Makena area from Kihei.
I had always been timid about snorkeling all the way around the point to the Mokapu side in the past, so decided I would push past my discomfort and "go all the way around". I was so glad I did! As I rounded the point, I spotted a small female green turtle lodged in the coral at the bottom in about 15' of water. She was well camouflaged and I kind of stumbled upon her. I stayed and watched her for a bit. A few other snorkelers came and went.
This is where I learned that sea turtles will lodge themselves in between corals to rest. I had never heard or read that before. I had been with her for a while and as I watched her, I actually began to worry a bit. Maybe she was stuck? Maybe I should alert the PWF naturalist at the beach? LOL I feel so silly now.
Suddenly she freed herself and began to swim. She and I commenced to have the most splendid dance together in the water... her coming to me and then moving away, coming back to look at me and then circling around me, away from me and back to me. She was a beautiful, young turtle who was clearly curious about me and interacting with me.
It was one of the best and sweetest moments of my life. After a while she decided to go back to her resting spot. I watched as she lodged her shell back into the open space between two corals. As I finally tore myself away and moved on around the point I realized that my life had changed, for I had had a very special and intimate dance with a Greenie.