Traveling to Hawaii is quite an experience of contrasts. During our first week, we stayed in the island of Oahu in the busy Waikiki area.
We rented a car to Xplore the rest of the island and discovered that only a few miles away from the busier cities, the “vibe” of the island also changed. Areas became remote and more residential.
There are several amazing places to explore around the North side of the island. While driving, we heard from locals we should stop by “Turtle beach” where the turtles come to shore during the day and “sunbathe” in the sand.This was the first time I heard of turtles doing that especially with people around. In another life I may have been related to Cousteau or a marine biologist, because I love the sea and marine life, so naturally, I was curious.
Of course, turtles on the beach during the day creates a huge attraction for tourists, so when we arrived to this location, we were shocked by the amount of people just staring at the ocean waiting for the turtles to some ashore.
To keep humans from pestering these beautiful creatures, local volunteers created a program/crowd check: the red cordon patrol.
This beach shall remain unnamed, simply because there is no name that we could find (ask a local and they will give you general direction). There is also proper etiquette for visiting this beach.
- DO NOT cross the red cordoned area,
- DO NOT stand between the turtle and the ocean and
- DO NOT disturb or act like an ass and try to touch the turtle when the volunteers are not around ( this is MY rule).
These rules may seem strict, but after you see the hordes of people that come down to this place and have no ounce of self-awareness or concern for the environment, you will understand why they are so strict.
Every time the poor turtles tried to come ashore, several people would rush towards the water to try to take a picture or look closer. Every time, the turtles swam back to the ocean. Since I refuse to associate with “stupid”, we removed ourselves from this pitiful situation and walked about 1/2 mile down the beach towards an area where people were giving each other and nature space. Sitting a good distance away, we saw more turtles swimming close to the shore than the tour groups at the other end of the beach.
So when visiting this place or any in general, remember this:
Give on to nature the respect it deserves and it will reward you the greatest moments in life!
Part 3 will be posted soon.