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Around the world, many countries are doing their bit to support the beautiful and endangered turtle. The following nations offer the visitor a rare glimpse at conservation efforts first-hand, where the protection of these wonderful creatures is of the utmost importance.

Nothing beats the experience and emotion of watching turtles lay their eggs on the beach, or quietly witnessing the little ones paddling out to sea.

At Audley we offer a range of destinations where you can experience this wonderful spectacle first-hand. Below are just a few of our favorites, where viewing is undertaken in a responsible way and by visiting them you are directly contributing to their conservation.

  • Green turtle, Bora Bora

    Turtle Conservation in French Polynesia

    The Turtle Sanctuary at Le Méridien Bora Bora, an effort to help save the magnificent hawksbill turtle, is the only one of its kind in French Polynesia. The hotel offers educational presentations to teach guests about these beautiful creatures, and guests can swim with the turtles in the picturesque lagoon or even 'adopt' a turtle and help in the quest to return these animals to their natural wild habitat.

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  • Turtle, Turtle Hatchery, Bentota

    Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

    The Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) was set up in Sri Lanka in 1993 and their work aims to preserve and support sea turtles through educational research and community participation. As with many conservation projects, the TCP welcomes volunteers who can help them achieve their vision of making Sri Lankan seas a heavenly habitat for turtles.

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  • Green Turtle at Kiwayu

    Turtle Conservation in Kenya

    Out of the seven species of turtle in the world, five reside in the waters off Kenya. The Lamu Marine Conservation Trust seeks to protect these turtles by treating the sick or injured and spreading awareness among tourists and local communities which will, in turn, help to reduce the number of turtle products on the black market. This trust is supported by Carol and Lars Korschen of Peponi Hotel in Lamu, a property that you can stay at on a trip with Audley.

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  • Young turtle

    Turtle Conservation in Mozambique

    On Vamizi Island in Mozambique over 100 turtles nest each year. With four, full-time rangers and one marine biologist on hand, the turtles, all of which are listed as either endangered or critically-endangered, have their nests protected and hatchlings nurtured as part of a conservation effort. Vamizi Island can be visited on a tailor-made trip with Audley.

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  • Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

    Turtle Conservation in South Africa

    Every summer along the northeast coastline of South Africa, hundreds of leatherback and loggerhead turtles emerge from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs. In 1963 a conservation project was set up to help protect these eggs and this effort is still running today. During laying season nightly patrols are taken by staff to monitor the turtles and data is also collected to help understand the breeding patterns of these animals.

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  • Turtle, Sipadan-Mabul, Malaysian Borneo

    Turtle Conservation in Borneo

    Situated close to the better known island of Sipadan; Mataking Island is an island split in two by a sandbar and is home to nesting green and hawksbill turtles. Due to threats to the turtle’s nests posed by an array of predators, their eggs are put in a turtle hatchery. Once hatched, visitors can assist the conservation project as they release the newly born turtles into the sea.

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  • Turtle in the Seychelles

    Turtle Conservation in the Seychelles

    As well as being a fantastic place to stay, Lemuria Resort in the Seychelles employs a full time ‘turtle manager’ to record turtle nesting activity, monitor the dynamics of sand movement, manage beachfront vegetation and generally ensure that guest activities at the Lemuria Resort are carried out in a turtle friendly manner.

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  • Turtle, Praia do Forte, Brazil

    Turtle Conservation in Brazil

    The TAMAR project protects around 50 kilometers of coastline around Praia do Forte, located on the northeast coast of Brazil. This work helps to maintain a healthy breeding ground for more than 550 nesting turtles and those visiting between September and March can see hawksbill, green, olive ridley and loggerhead turtle hatchlings.

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  • Black River Turtle, Tortuguero National Park

    Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

    The 19,000 hectare Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica was created in 1970 in response to the endangered status of the green turtle. Between March and mid-October the 35 km (15 miles) of protected beach are the nesting ground for hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles. Visitors are accompanied by a guide during the twilight hours to witness the hatchlings in a responsible manner.

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  • Cape York Turtle Rescue

    Turtle Conservation in Australia

    For a more hands-on conservation project, assist the Aboriginal Rangers and Wildlife turtle population in the Cape York area, namely ghost nets left by irresponsible fishermen, and feral pigs who feast on the turtle’s nests. In addition, research in also carried out on the size, location and success of the nesting turtles. The work is carried out in the morning and late evening, allowing guests to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings in the middle of the day.

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