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The largest concentration of green sea turtles is located along the Hawaiian islands and Florida. Many beaches have healthy populations of green sea turtles that the average snorkeler can see. Many times I have gone myself, and not once have I not encountered a sea turtle! Sometimes, they sneak up on you in the murky water, and, other times, you will see them in the distance. You may have heard of the famous beaches where you can come across these turtles, but I have a personal favorite beach that is much less crowded. Before I tell you where it is, let’s go over some interesting facts about green sea turtles!
These sea turtles can grow to up to 5 feet long, and over 700 pounds! I have never come across one of that size, and I am not sure if I would want to. Obviously, they are entirely harmless; however, I am not a fan of swimming with such large animals in the water. These creatures also tend to live by the shore. When I spot turtles, they are almost always hovering around a reef. You will occasionally see them in the open water. Also, green sea turtles, once they are about 8–10 inches in size, will begin to feed on algae and seagrass. I have yet to find seagrass where I go, but if you do, you very well might be in for a treat!
So, for my favorite beach: my favorite beach to snorkel at is Keawakapu Beach. The reasons for this are the location, which is Wailea, and how easy it is to get to the reefs. There are no jagged rocks that you need to walk on, no boats needed, and it is also in a very peaceful location. The beach is not too crowded compared to others. If you stay in one of the villages or hotels along the shore, you have direct access to these snorkel spots. What I mean by “spots” is there are many reefs to check out. Within these reefs are many colorful fish, eels, and sea turtles! I have also seen at least one turtle, and they are very calm around people.
Do yourself a favor and actively look for turtles while in Maui. You will find them, and you will not regret it. Make sure to bring an underwater camera or GoPro so you can capture the experience! However, I do have one word of caution. Green sea turtles are considered endangered, and you must not “disturb” their natural tendencies. A guideline is to stay at least 10 feet away from them at all times. Of course, this is not always possible since you may not notice one until they are right next to you, but we are expected to try.
Go and enjoy your vacation to Maui, and again, be sure to experience the sea life it has to offer!
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