Hawaiian Sea Turtles
The marine life seen on a Na Pali coast tour is definitely a highlight of the trip, and no creature is treasured more then the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, often seen at our snorkeling spot at Nualolo Kai.
Hawaii is home to five species of sea turtles. Olive ridleys, loggerheads, green, hawkbills and leatherbacks. Green sea turtles nests in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and are the most commonly seen near shore on our island.
In Hawaiian culture, the green turtle, Honu, is a spiritual guardian or aumakua, not to be hunted or harmed. Native Hawaiians consider the honu a symbol of good luck and peace. They are said to have helped guide the first Polynesian settlers to the Hawaiian Islands. Honu can live up to 80 years old.
Nualolo Cove is home to many green sea turtles, protected in the reef from predators with an abundance of algae to dine on. Nualolo is our primary snorkeling destination which is easily the best snorkeling area on the entire Na Pali Coast. Only a few small passenger vessels are allowed to access to this pristine area.