Join Island Watersports Hawaii on a two-hour turtle watching tour through the crystal clear waters of Maunalua Bay. This incredible journey begins aboard a 33-foot custom boat, which will bring you past the filming location of Hawaii 5-0, and into some of Oahu’s most spectacular snorkeling, surfing, and…turtle watching territory! Passengers who so desire can opt to add on a snorkel or submersible scooter tour to get up close to the turtles (additional costs apply).
Maunalua Bay’s beach is one of Hawaii’s most scenic, and the marine life within its crystal clear waters include turtles, brightly-colored tropical fish, and stunning coral; all thriving in a truly natural ecosystem. The scenery near the bay is also photo-worthy, with Oahu’s iconic Diamond Head volcanic cone in the background. Diamond Head was named in the 19th century by sailors who mistakenly took the calcite in its rocks for diamonds. Watch how it glistens in the sun! You will also see the main mass of the Koolau Mountain Range looming in the distance, giving you the perfect backdrop from which to spot countless Hawaiian green sea turtles.
The green sea turtle (also known as the black sea turtle or Pacific green turtle) is found in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands, and through much of the tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific. The beautiful turtles you will see on your excursion may, (like you!) have traveled great distances to get to the azure waters of Oahu. These particular sea turtles migrate great distances from hatching beaches to feeding grounds and back, with so-called “turtle islands” around the ocean functioning as their favorite stops for nesting. They are found as far away as Madagascar, India, and even Florida!
The green sea turtle can live to be up to 80 years old in the wild. These turtles, due to commonplace exploitation, killing, and also in order to help their numbers survive rapid development springing up on the world’s beaches, are now a protected species. Adult green turtles can be as long as 5 feet, and weigh up to 700 pounds. You’ll recognize this turtle by its reddish shell, flat flippers, and short snout. Contrary to popular belief, the name of the turtle actually derives from the color of its internal body fat.
This cruise will give you an appreciation for these remarkably versatile and adaptable creatures that peacefully populate the waters of the world, existing on nothing more than plant life, and harming no other creatures. Bring your camera and please remember that if you do opt to go in the water after your trip, these shy creatures should, in turn, not be disturbed.