Aug 28

Number 4: Green Sea Turtle near the Kohala Coast

Green Sea TurtleNumber 4 is a photograph of a green sea turtle off the Kohala Coast of Hawaii.  One of our favorite things to do on vacation is snorkel.  If we go on a beach vacation Karen and I find time to snorkel every day.  We both fell in love with snorkeling on our first trip to Hawaii when we went to the island of Oahu and enjoyed Hanauma Bay every morning.  Every time we get back from a vacation Karen and I unpack exhausted and almost feel like we need another vacation, but deep down we would not want it any other way.

We tried several different snorkeling spots on the Big Island.  We bought a great book called Snorkel Hawaii: The Big Island Guide to the Beaches and Snorkeling of Hawaii by Judy Malinowski and Mel Malinowski, which was an excellent book that gave us great details on all sort of places to go snorkeling.  Our favorite spot on the island, and I wish we could have visited all of them was Makaiwa Bay at the Mauna Lani resort complex.  It was wonderful, since we were not guests there we had to park at the visitors parking lot and hike about 10 minutes to get to the beach, but the grounds were beautiful and the beach was top notch.

Karen and I would try to get there before 9:00 am and snorkel for a couple of hours each morning.  After the second day we noticed a rocky outcropping about 100 yards out there was a green sea turtle that had made a bit of a home.  Each day we would swim out just past the rocks and he would be there in his little coral cave.  We gave the turtle plenty of space, but each morning we would go there and give a friendly hello and take a picture and continue on.  This picture was when the turtle had just came up for air and was heading back to his cave.

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