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|The lānai (veranda) directly overlooks the ocean and you can sit and sip piña coladas or mai tais while watching the dolphins, turtles and whales (bring binoculars for a close-up view). We eat all our meals on the lānai so that we can enjoy the beautiful ocean, fresh sea air, and the lovely smell of blooming tropical flowers like the gorgeous yellow plumeria that grow everywhere in Hawaiʻi. Plumeria are also known as frangipani, reflective of their beautiful fragrance.|
|The view of the ocean to the south (to the left) shows the rocky lava coastline and the outermost edge of Lyman Bay, a popular local surfing spot. We enjoy watching the surfers, who are there from daylight to dusk whenever there are waves.|
|From your lānai, you can look down on the ocean and see our little bay fronted by a small sandy beach. This is a great place to search for interesting shells, pieces of coral that have broken off and washed ashore, and many interesting sea creatures and plants. We have found hermit crabs, ghost crabs, pencil urchins, limpets (ʻopihi), many types of fish, tiny rock shrimp (ʻōpae), sea cucumbers, and many different types of seaweed (limu). It's a wonderful place to explore!|
|This is a closer view of the sandy beach just steps away through the gate in the seawall at the right corner of the lawn (the water is only about 50 feet from where you sit on the lānai). The beach offers a nice place to lie in the sun on the warm sand, with the gentle ocean breeze to cool you.|
Over the last few years, the green sea turtle population in the area has been increasing,
thanks to conservation efforts. Many mornings when there is a high tide, you will see
several turtles (honu) in our little bay. They feed on the brownish limu on the rocks close
to shore. When the waves are covering the rocks, look for their shells, flippers and heads
as the waves wash them back and forth while they are feeding.
The turtle you see in the close-up at the left crawled up on the rocks just to the left of our little bay to have a late afternoon limu snack. If you are quiet, move slowly and don't alarm them, you can go down on the beach and watch them up close.
Remember, though, sea turtles are endangered and protected — it is against both state and federal law to chase, touch or harass them.
Turtle Lagoon. Just to the north (right) about 100 or so feet is another sandy beach
and a shallow lagoon that is protected from the waves. Small honu are frequently found
feeding on the limu (seaweed) on the rocks in this area, and you can usually get a close-up
view. Sometimes there will even be one or two of them hauled up on the rocks snoozing in the
warm sun. We have seen up to 15 at one time, but you have to watch carefully for them. One
has just come up to the surface for air in the picture at the left.
Although they are always around, their numbers tend to be seasonal. When the limu is plentiful their numbers increase, and when the limu is depleted they have to range further afield for their nourishment. So if there isn't much seaweed on the rocks, you won't tend to see as many.
|The Turtle Lagoon also has a lovely sandy area that slopes gently into the water which is great for children. You can soak up the sun while your children play close by under your watchful eye. We particularly enjoy sitting in the cooling water while searching for tiny shells. The view at left is in the winter when the waves are sometimes higher, but you can see the gently sloping sandy area to the water. This area is usually very placid and the waves are blocked by the outside reef and just gently roll in. Most of the water in this area is no more than 3-5 foot deep.|