Turtle Release Tour

From July to December, we have the opportunity to see these animals and marvel at their beauty, during their reproduction and nesting cycle. In general, the release program starts in July, and ends by January (of course this all depends on Nature). During this period professional biologists and certified volunteers patrol the beaches 24 hours, to collect the eggs and transfer them to a secure area. On this tour, you will be able to learn about the sea turtles, the turtle camp projects and you will be part of these too, since you will help us release turtle hatching into the wild.

 

turtle release tour
Turtle release Tour

Your experienced guide will explain you all about the turtles. You will see one of the most important areas of Mexico for turtle releases.

Turtle release Tour Rates Day Price Duration
  • adults

 

  • children 4-11
upon availability $55 USD 3 hours
upon availability $45 USD 3 hours

Tour available from JULY to DECEMBER, and possibly January too (depending on mother Nature).

This tour is for smaller groups only.

Included in the turtle release tour:

  • Interesting lecture on turtles before the release.
  • Quick visit to the Estero El Salado mangroves for a complete lecture about the crocodiles of the area.
  • Transportation by Van with a/c from a pick up point in the Marina Vallarta to the turtle camp.
  • Donation to the Turtle Camp
  • Guidance by a specialized guide
  • Bottled water, sodas  & granola bars

Tours available in Spanish & English

 

Turtle Release

Marine turtles are reptiles that have existed for many years, adapting to every environmental change, surviving historical extinctions. However, due to human activities they are now on the verge of becoming extinct, therefore they are classified among the most endangered animal species and therefore are part of an endangered species protection program worldwide.

On the shores of the Pacific side of Mexico, we can encounter most of the sea turtles species. In Bahia de Banderas, we mainly find specimens of Lepidochelys Olivacea, known as Olive Ridley (in spanish: Golfina). These amazing beings offer a magnificent spectacle every year, since most of the females arrive at the same time to lay their eggs, a process called Great arrival (arribazón).

From July to December, we have the opportunity to see these animals and marvel at their beauty, during their reproduction and nesting cycle. During this period professional biologists and certified volunteers patrol the beaches 24 hours, to collect the eggs and transfer them to a secure area. These are known as turtle camps and their objective is to enhance the continuity of the sea turtle life cycle by protecting the eggs from natural predators and human poachers. More eggs saved, more chances to have new reproductive adults some years later.

Superior Tours Vallarta, involved in the promotion of environment care and ecotourism activities developed a Turtle encounter tour. On this tour, you will be guided by specializd guides who will explain all you need to know about sea turtles, the turtle camp project and more. You will help us release turtle hatchings into the wild. We will walk about a kilometer on the beach once we are there.

Join us on this unforgettable adventure and become part of the process that is helping a species survival by protecting them from their main predator: Ourselves.

Recommendations for this tour:

Keep in mind that your feet might get wet, since baby turtles are to be released near the water. We recommend you to wear sandals and shorts, we will walk about one kilometer on the beach.

Private tours are available too. Let us know the size of your party.

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