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SAVE A TURTLE EXPERIENCE

Starting at:
$102 USD Adult

The turtle nesting season in Cozumel lasts from April through September. During this period, two species of turtles lay their eggs on the island’s east coast beaches. Green sea turtles comprise the vast majority of visitors, followed by loggerhead turtles. The turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. The turtles lay up to […]

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The turtle nesting season in Cozumel lasts from April through September. During this period, two species of turtles lay their eggs on the island’s east coast beaches. Green sea turtles comprise the vast majority of visitors, followed by loggerhead turtles.

The turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. The turtles lay up to 80 eggs in their sand nests. The gestation period lasts for approximately 60 days. Then, the hatchlings crawl out of their nests in the sand and swim to sea, instinctively following the light that shines on the ocean.

Not all of the turtle hatchlings make it out of the nests; it’s estimated that only about 80% of the hatchlings naturally make it to the sea. That’s where the Save a Sea Turtle program comes in.

Upon arriving at the Save a Sea Turtle program’s headquarters, located in a tent on an eastern shore beach, you’ll begin with an educational background on these sea creatures. Led by a lead biologist, you’ll learn about the threats that the turtles face, and then what you can do to help sustain these beautiful sea creatures.

Next, you’ll head to the nesting area to rescue the remaining 20% of the baby sea turtles that failed to make their journey to the sea. Here you’ll learn how to dig into a turtle nest to locate the remaining baby turtles. Once you have found one or more, they will be isolated, and then returned to the sea.

Following your turtle rescue efforts, you will re-board the minivan and return to your cruise ship pier and your ship.

Note: The proceeds from this excursion will be donated to the Save a Turtle Program, which is overseen by the Mexican Department of Ecology.

Activity level

Medium

Recommended for

Family

Duration

4 hours

WHAT TO BRING

  • Bio sun screen
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Money for tips and souvenirs

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