Nature's Gift: Turtles around the World
Collected by Annette Baesel, AFAR Local Expert
"You get to the end of the road . . . make sure you lock your car. Follow the beach down to a bunch of white tents. You can’t miss it.” We’d heard those words before, and we’d proved our inalienable right to, indeed, miss what could not be missed....
Laniakea Beach, North Shore, HI 96712, USA
More commonly known as Turtle Beach, this Oahu North Shore cove often attracts honu, aka Chelonia mydas, the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. These big, friendly giants can reach 400 pounds as adults and are herbivorous, feeding primarily...
5255 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
People define Aloha in many different ways. I think of Aloha as a state of peacefulness that comes from an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life, combined with compassion and respect for the people and creatures we live among. When I...
Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, home to a protected sea turtle hatching area, is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers. The turtle hatchery is dedicated to their conservation and ensures the population is sustained. The small place is typically crowd-free...
Fitzroy Island QLD 4871, Australia
You have a good chance of seeing a sea turtle while snorkeling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, but you have a 100% chance of spotting one if you stop by the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center on Fitzroy Island. At the facility, sick and...
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Rent a golf cart in San Pedro, grab a towel, and head off on a day of adventure. Locals will likely send you to the island's "Secret Beach" when asked where to head for a quiet day on some pristine sand. Bring a map and $10 Belizean ($5 U.S.) to...
I was sitting on the beach when all of a sudden a flock of Frigatebitds started circling above. When they started swooping down I went closer to investigate. Sea turtles hatched and were making a vain attempt to get to the ocean. Seeing these guys...
Agujitas de Drake, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The Osa has been dubbed the most biologically intense place on the planet by National Geographic. It is home to a vast array of plants and animals, and an amazing conservation project that helps future turtle populations. These aged species have...
I had taken part in the whole sea turtle experience before; snorkelling with them, watching a mother lay her eggs, holding disoriented hatchlings--I thought I had seen and done it all. Until Barbados. The moment I came face to face with that...
786 N W Point Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands
While placing plenty of emphasis on its namesake creatures, the conservation-driven Turtle Centre is also home to sharks and barracuda—and one very large saltwater croc. Though there’s typically a fence or pane between you and the...
Stuart, FL, USA
These are the tracks of a sea turtle. She slowly made her way up to dry sand on the beach. After spending hours using her flippers to make a hole in the sand, she laid her eggs. She then crawled her way back to the sea and will return next year to...
601 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
Leatherback, Green, and Loggerhead sea turtles lay eggs on beaches throughout Florida from March to October. At the beaches on the barrier island section of Fort Lauderdale, local organizations mark off sections of the sand to protect the...
Kumai, Sungai Kapitan, Kumai, Kabupaten Kotawaringin Barat, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
A 30 minute boat ride from Kubu beach takes you Tanjung Keluang, an island resort favoured by locals in search of some weekend relaxation. The resort also runs a small sea turtle conservation project where, for a small donation, you can release a...
1200 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996, USA
On South Hutchinson Island beaches many sea turtles return each year and lay their eggs. Sea Turtle nesting season is March 1 to November 15. The huge turtles drag themselves up on the beach to dry sand and with their flippers they carve out a...
Mililani, HI 96789, USA
"Turtle!" I almost crashed our rental car as I caught a glimpse from the roadway of turtles on a lonely strip of beach along Oahu's north shore. We parked the car and got out to watch about a half dozen turtles play in the surf, indifferent to our...
Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Sea turtles—one after another—first in the shallows less than 20 meters off the beach; and then a couple more sightings 18 meters underwater, totaling nine in less than two days! It's a heart-stopping experience that this tiny island in the...
Perancak, Jembrana Sub-District, Jembrana Regency, Bali, Indonesia
In Bali there are numerous choices for anyone wishing to get into some turtle action! Off the main highway to Java, around three hours from Denpasar is Kurma Asih, a project with a difference. Initiated by the people of Perancak village, Kurma...
Matura, Trinidad and Tobago
Every summer on the protected beaches of Matura Trinidad, Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings emerge out of the sands. They must make their way through a dead gauntlet of crabs, birds, dogs, and occasionally humans simply make it to the open ocean...
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