Posted by: kauaikolea2 | November 3, 2013

Kapaa Sands: Turtles, Turtles, Turtles


Sunrise at Kapaa Sands at the Tide Pools

Our oceanfront condos at Kapaa Sands have incredible views up and down the east coast of Kauai.  The condos are up high enough on the hill that your view is unobstructed for miles, with no beach berm or vegetation blocking your view as you lounge on the lanai.  Sunrises are spectacular, of course, but another great sight — one that just says “Kauai” — is that of turtles swimming close to shore or feeding in the tide pools that front our condos.

The view above is that of both sunrise and the tide pools.  Turtles are known to be abundant at both day break and sunset and are close to the beach or in the tide pools.  The water in the tide pools is shallow enough and calm enough for some snorkeling or for just floating and on a warm day, nothing is better than a trip to the tide pool in front of Kapaa Sands 7 and Kapaa Sands 9.

Some interesting facts about our Kauai turtles:

  • they are green sea turtles or honu
  • they still endangered, but great efforts have increased their numbers significantly in the past few decades
  • they can grow to 1 to 1.5 meters in length (ie, 3 or more feet long!) and can weigh as much as 200 kg (440 lbs)
  • despite their large size, they are peaceful and you can swim or snorkel along with them

Green turtles like to return every evening to sheltered areas and the tide pools at Kapaa Sands is known to be one of their preferred spots.  Like the humpback whales that will be arriving in our waters in full force in December or so, the green sea turtle is another native species you must see up close.  What great photos and stories you will have to show and tell!

Come, stay with us in our newest condos  — true condos with full kitchens and many upgrades — and watch turtles shelter at Kapaa Sands.  Turtles know that Kapaa Sands is a great place to stay and now you do, too.

You can book safely and securely any one of our Kauai vacation rentals on line at our website (

Wishing you warm Aloha!


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