Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ho'okipa Beach

Sea turtles resting

Near the town of Paia, Maui is Ho'okipa Beach. This is quite the beach for entertainment. All the way to the right every night at sunset fifteen to thirty plus large green Hawksbill sea turtles haul themselves out of the pacific ocean and crawl up onto the beach for their nights rest. There is a roped off area to keep people at a distance from these beautiful creatures. A volunteer is usually there to assist with questions about the turtles, hand out pamphlets and makes sure that the crowd of people stay back to prevent any harm to them. You can get some pretty decent photographs if you are using a 75-200 mm lens as I did in this shot.

 I found it to be a lot of fun to watch as these guys just came up and plopped themselves down for the night. A great place to take your kids and the price is right, "free". 
Sunset on Ho'okipa Beach

Towards the left of the beach you can see windsurfers and surfers alike besides taking in another beautiful Maui sunset! If that's not enough there are BBQ pits and picnic tables, you can walk your dog or just people watch. Just one of the places I enjoyed spending an afternoon while in Maui.