Giant Green Turtles Of Maui (HONU)
Green Turtles on Maui Are An Endangered Species
Visitors to Maui, Hawaii, come for the pristine beaches, beautiful waterfalls, exquisite polynesian foods, and the Humpback Whales during their half-year stay in Hawaiian waters.
But people also come to snorkel in crystal-clear water and see the Green Turtles.
Protected by the Endangered Species Act, the Green Turtles can not be harassed in any way or form, including touching, feeding, or holding onto their shells. It’s good to stay at least 20-25 feet away from Maui’s Green Turtles, giving them plenty of room to surface for deep breaths.
Green Turtles are named for the color of their skin. They can live as long as 50 years, with some in Hawaiian waters over the age of 70 years.
This particular species of turtle eats mostly algae along rocky shorlines, does not have teeth, and can weigh up to 350 or more pounds with the female producing hundreds of eggs in nesting areas along the Maui coastline.
Make sure you see the Green Turtles while visiting Maui. Most of the popular snorkeling locations are sites where Green Turtles are often seen, andBlack Rock at the Kaanapali Beach Resort area on west Maui is one of the easiest locations to find Green Turtles.
Two more good places to see Green Turtles while snorkeling is at Kapalua Beach and Napili Beach, also on the west side of Maui. Both of these beaches have good reef systems neary the shoreline, with clear water in the early morning hours.
The Maui Ocean Center also has Green Turtles in their natural habitat. It’s located at the Maalaea Harbor shops, which is mid-way between the Lahaina and west Maui side of the island, and the Kahului area which hosts the airport.
* Make sure you have a good mask, snorkel and fins.
* There are many places to rent equipment on Maui. You don’t have to bring your own!
* Purchase a good anti-foggin solution for your snorkel mask.
* Always snorkel with a buddy or around other people. Never snorkel alone!
* Put your fins on your feet in the water instead of on the sandy beach. It is much easier.
* While the water might feel cold at first, take a few minutes to get acustomed to the water’s temperature. You’ll warm up soon!
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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