Don’t wait any longer to visit Maui for scuba diving with turtles, because nothing above the surface compares to the excitement awaiting you in the underwater world. Turtles are numerous on the island, and our Maui dive shop knows the best spots to share these creatures with you
Maui Scuba Diving with Sea Turtles
If you’re like us, you enjoy knowing all you can learn about any activity in which you participate. In the interest of your complete enjoyment on Maui while scuba diving with turtles, here are a few fascinating facts you might now know about sea turtles:
- The smallest sea turtle is the Kemp’s Ridley, while the largest is the leatherback. The most massive leatherback sea turtle on record weighed in at a whopping 2,019 pounds. A typical adult turtle may reach 4 feet in width and weigh in at 350 pounds or more.
- Don’t try it yourself, but sea turtles can drink seawater. Sea turtles can drink an amount of salt water that would make you very, very sick. The reason it doesn’t harm the turtle is due to the way the animal can expel excess salt through a gland in their eyes, explains Sport Diver magazine.
- Green turtles did not get their name for any reason that you can see on their bodies. Instead, this turtle nickname is for the color of their fatty tissue.
- A leatherback turtle may dive more than half a mile to catch a tasty jellyfish.
- Size is not an indicator of turtle gender. Males you see while turtle diving in Maui has much longer, more massive tails than their female counterparts.
- A green turtle’s heart rate may slow dramatically while diving. During a five-hour drive, the turtle’s heart may beat just once every nine minutes.
- Adult green turtles are vegetarians who prefer seaweeds and algae. While in their juvenile phase, however, turtles are quite happy to eat worms, shellfish, shrimp, and any other food source they can find.
- The Green Turtles that you may encounter while turtle diving on Maui don’t reach reproductive maturity until they’re at least 20 years old. However, they may continue to create babies well into their 50’s.
In addition to Hawaii, green sea turtles are content to make themselves home in the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and along the eastern shores of Florida.
The Hawaiian islands are home to five species of sea turtles. But Leatherbacks, Loggerheads, Hawksbills, and Olive Ridleys are not often seen during Maui scuba dives. Snorkelers and scuba divers are far more likely to encounter a playful Green Turtle. But, please enjoy your face-to-face encounter without touching or bothering the animal.
If you are fortunate to live in the islands year ’round, come dive with us again and again. If you can visit Maui only once in your life, make it a super special event. Book your turtle diving Maui experience with Banyan Tree Divers. We love the ocean and her inhabitants as much as you do, and we promise to show you a great time.