Pieces of Me

Sea Turtles in Hawaii

The spontaneity and impulsiveness of buying two tickets to Hawaii for our ten year wedding anniversary very quickly turned into packing our suitcases and jetting off to the land of surf, cocktails and adult time. Sans kids.

I could wax lyrical about long walks along the beach, hours of shopping without buying a single toy and late nights dancing till the sun rose again. But none of that would be true. We still managed to find the only Toys R Us store in Hawaii. Still managed to buy more clothes and shoes for little boys than we did for ourselves. We were often too tired for late nights dancing and short walks along the beach were fine, just not long ones.

Our week away, despite the toys, was indulgent. Conversations were long. We held hands. We shared our cocktails. We stopped for long enough to notice the lives of other people go by, while ours sat perfectly still.

Driving along the coast line of Hawaii in our bright orange jeep, a sense of freedom came flooding back. Inhibition was thrown free to the wind and the salty carefree air of the surf took its place. I wanted nothing more. Well maybe just one thing….I wanted to see the sea turtles.

Sea turtles in Hawaii

Facebook had mocked me for long enough with photos of friends in Hawaii all crouching down, next to the gorgeous sea turtles that swam up along the North Shore. Our first drive along the North Shore left me with no turtle, no photo. I was determined that I wasn’t leaving without seeing one!

Sometimes the Universe listens. One night while at a luau, there in a secluded cove, my dream came true. Two sea turtles came into the cove to swim and play. Just like that.

Sea turtles in Hawaii

My words cannot describe what it felt like to be there, knee deep in the warm water, with the two beautiful creatures gliding by. My words cannot describe the sense of calm I felt. The feeling of worlds far older than mine that filled every sense. I wanted nothing more than to stay there for the whole night. Just being. Watching. Placing a hand out and hoping they would skim their flippers past.

Sea turtles in Hawaii

In that instant, I wanted nothing more than to have my two boys’ right there next to me. Knee deep in the magic that only two sea turtles can bring.

Have you ever met a sea turtle?

  • Sophie Allen

    How amazing, what a unique encounter! Fantastic photos Josefa. You’ll have to take the boys back one day 😉 An orange jeep sounds like such a perfect way to get around in Hawaii.

  • wow what an experience! great pictures, you look fantastic, and I got a bit teary about you wanting your boys there. As parents we never want our kids to miss the exciting stuff, but I’m so glad you and hubby got that time away together! How lovely! x

    • in that moment, I would have traded places with my boys in a heartbeat – incredible how that can happen – must be the pull of a mothers heart strings xx

  • lydia c lee

    I have seen sea turtles in the ocean – but never just walked up to them on the beach!~ Envy, envy..Looks so wonderful. Do tell us more! (seriously, would love to hear more and see pics)

  • Wendy Parks

    I have never met a sea turtle, or a dolphin, or a whale…only a sea horse.
    Something else to add to the bucket list 🙂

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    Just gorgeous, and it sounds perfect. I have been swimming with sea turtles at the Great Barrier Reef and in Vanuatu, they are just amazing creatures. Glad you have a lovely great Josefa, Emily

  • I’ve been swimming with them on the GBR, but my favourite memories of sea turtles are from Heron Island – were I was able to watch the mothers come ashore to lay their eggs. It was incredibly special. My next goal is to take the kids to Mons Repos to watch the hatchlings make their dash to the sea.

    • oh my goodness – I just googled Mon Repos and I would love to take my boys there! What an incredible place to visit xx

  • We stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore with the kids for a week heaven! But no turtles. We then spent a week on Waikiki and every day when we were swimming a turtle’s head would pop up to say hello!

    I love them. We went to Mons Repos in Bundaberg last year but missed any hatchlings because of all the rain that we’ve been having.

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    I got to snorkel with sea turtles on the Big Island of Hawaii on our second honeymoon. It was indeed one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Particularly given my fear of deep water. They are truly majestic creatures.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • Oh they are beautiful! As is the gorgeous clear water, and white sand. What a magical moment

  • bodyandfeetretreat

    I have never seen a sea turtle (or any other kind of turtle for that matter) – what a beatiful experience that must have been for you. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary. A and I went to NZ and felt exactly the same as you did – a great way to reconnect.
    HAve the best week !

  • Oh my gosh I want to go there, I’ve never really been drawn to Hawaii but I’d visit to experience turtles like that.

    • great place to visit – if any cheap flights come your way I highly recommend a trip xx

  • Mrs Holsby

    Magic. There’s something about sea creatures that truly leaves you feeling like you connected with nature. I feel that way about dolphins too.
    A cheeky holiday sans kids? My word.
    Jealous much???

  • Robyn (Mrs D)

    WOW WOW what an amazing experience! It looks so beautiful. The universe must surely have sent them too you (at least as compensation for visiting the only toys r us on the island). Happy Anniversary x

  • Loree

    I wish I’d met a sea turtle 🙂 Wow it must have been such a wonderful experience. Happy anniversary.

  • Grace

    Aren’t they the most beautiful creatures??? When we went snorkelling in Hawaii, I was playing with one, chasing it, having it chase me. Was a magical moment.

  • Yellow_Dandy

    That is so awesome, I’m so glad you got to see them! I would LOVE to go to Hawaii, we keep saying it will be the next big family get together because it is in the middle! I know why you bought so many kids clothes, they are just sooooo cheap in the US!

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Beautiful – I’m so glad you got to experience that magic while you were away and that you found the opportunity to just be!

  • Rita

    Beautiful photos! I’m glad to hear you had a great trip!

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