When you travel to any warm beach locations, many brochures show photos of people swimming along side turtles. After today, I feel like that only happens in the movies! As does Bailie.
Our morning started back at the Cove for a kayak excursion to play in the water, watch a few turtles and kayak surf.
- Our kayak found our rhythm – and then often lost it when someone (or someone’s) lost focus on paddling by trying to sneak in some site seeing. The coral felt at times like it was just below the surface. We could see deep into the water.
- And our mission was to check out the turtles. We spotted several. But you have to sneak up on them to get close. You can easily spot their heads out of the water…and sometimes a big of shell. These babies were big! They were big because they were smart, or shy, and if they avoid their predators as well as they avoided eye contact with us, it makes sense they have lived long enough to get that big. Hence the first reason why I think it only happens in the movies.
- After a swimming break in the middle of the ocean, it was time to kayak surf. Or is it surf kayak. Not sure. Much like yesterday our guides walked us through catching a wave in the kayak. And, of course, standing paddle overhead to enjoy the full effect. (We also attempted ghost rider by flattening in the canoe. (I hit my head on the out-rigging attachment as I was sitting right in front of it, so I couldn’t get quite flat enough).
- The wind was picking up, so we had to head out fast. That few hundred yards seems like forever as the wind picked up the waves pushed harder. Thankfully, our guide took the kids on a surf board so the adults had a place to rest.
- Almost at our destination, our guide found a turtle in the bouy line. He was able to dive down and free him, but the turtle didn’t stick around long to say thanks – or even swim for a minute.
- Then one was spotted not far away but I didn’t get there in time. I got distracted by other fish including a rather large needlefish. Really, do you need to swim so fast turtles?