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Discovering the Majestic Hawaiian Sea Turtle: A Journey to Kauai with Fathom Five

Hawaiian Sea Turtle Sizes

Become Familiar with Hawaiian Sea Turtle Size

The Hawaiian Sea Turtle, known affectionately as the Honu, is not just an animal; it’s a symbol of wisdom, endurance, and navigation through life’s tumultuous waters. For those enchanted by the allure of the ocean and its inhabitants, Kauai offers a serene backdrop to encounter these ancient mariners. Fathom Five invites you on a journey to explore the world of the Honu, guided by the expertise of local guides and the evocative imagery of Mia Stawinski.

Introduction to the Honu

The Honu, with its distinctive green shell and gentle eyes, has roamed the oceans for millions of years. These creatures are revered not only for their longevity but for their significant role in Hawaiian culture as ‘aumākua, or guardian spirits. With a habitat that spans across the warm waters of the Pacific, the Hawaiian Sea Turtle embarks on long migrations, making their home in the coral-rich waters surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Spotlight

The Sacred Ties: Honu and Hawaiian Culture

In Hawaiian mythology, the Honu is considered a guardian, with tales of these creatures guiding lost sailors to shore and offering protection. This deep cultural reverence is matched by a commitment to conservation, as efforts continue to protect these magnificent creatures from the threats of habitat loss, pollution, and climate change.

Best Spots to Witness Honu in Their Natural Habitat

Honu Coming up for air

Honu by Mia Stawinksi with Fathom Five off Koloa Landing

Kauai, with its pristine beaches and clear waters, is a haven for sea turtles. Fathom Five’s tours offer unparalleled opportunities to observe these creatures in places like Poipu Beach and the secluded Tunnels Beach, where turtles are often seen basking in the sun or gliding gracefully through the water.

Understanding the Honu’s Lifecycle

The lifecycle of the Hawaiian Sea Turtle is a journey of survival, from the vulnerable hatchlings making their perilous trek to the sea, to the adults who navigate thousands of miles across the ocean. Their diet primarily consists of seagrass and algae, which they forage from the ocean floor. National Park Service | Care for the sea turtles

Tips for Responsible Turtle Watching

Observing these creatures in their natural environment is a privilege that comes with responsibility. Keeping a respectful distance ensures that turtles can go about their activities undisturbed. Fathom Five advocates for ethical wildlife interactions, emphasizing the importance of preserving the natural behavior and habitat of the Honu.

Capturing the Moment: Photography Tips from Mia Stawinski

Mia Stawinski’s photography captures the ethereal beauty of the Honu, offering a glimpse into their underwater world. She advises photographers to prioritize natural light and to be patient, as the best shots often come from a place of respect and understanding for the wildlife being photographed.

Honu taking a breather

Honu by Mia Stawinksi – in Koloa Landing

The Best Times for Turtle Encounters

The best times to see turtles in Kauai vary, but mornings and late afternoons are often when turtles are most active, especially when they venture out to feed. The calm, clear waters of Kauai provide ideal conditions for snorkeling and diving, offering a window into the turtles’ daily routines.

Joining the Effort: How to Contribute to Turtle Conservation

Visitors to Kauai can play a role in turtle conservation by participating in beach clean-ups, respecting wildlife guidelines, and supporting local conservation initiatives. Fathom Five is dedicated to marine conservation, educating guests on the importance of sustainable practices to ensure the future of these ancient navigators.

Conclusion: The Unforgettable Experience of Swimming with Honu

To swim with the Honu is to connect with the ancient rhythms of the sea and to witness the enduring spirit of Hawaii’s marine life. Fathom Five’s commitment to ethical, educational tours ensures that every encounter with these majestic creatures is respectful and enriching, offering a profound reminder of the beauty and fragility of our natural world.

Dive Guide Shaun sharing the news of whales singing

Fathom Five – Dive Guide Shaun Doyle – Can hear Whales singing!


What is the best time of year to see sea turtles in Kauai? The sea turtle sightings in Kauai are year-round, but the best chances are during the summer months when the waters are calmer and clearer.

Can you touch the turtles while snorkeling or diving? No, touching or harassing sea turtles is illegal and can cause them stress. It’s important to observe from a distance to respect their natural behavior.

How can tourists help in the conservation of Hawaiian sea turtles? Tourists can help by following guidelines for responsible wildlife watching, participating in local conservation efforts, and spreading awareness about the importance of protecting marine habitats.

What are some common misconceptions about Honu? One common misconception is that all sea turtles lay eggs multiple times a year. In reality, female sea turtles may only nest every two to four years, making each nesting event crucial for their survival.

How does Fathom Five ensure an ethical wildlife experience? Fathom Five prioritizes the well-being of wildlife by adhering to strict viewing guidelines, educating guests on conservation, and supporting local environmental initiatives to protect the marine ecosystem.

This journey to the heart of Kauai, in the company of the Honu and under the guidance of Fathom Five, is more than an adventure; it’s a call to preserve the natural wonders that enrich our world.