Online booking discount: pay only $42.00 USD!
From July to February, 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 September, 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.
Your guide Thalia 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|
||Wednesday||$55 USD||4 hours|
|Wednesday||$42 USD||4 hours|
Tour available from SEPTEMBER to JANUARY only.
Prices of the Turtle release tour:
Adults: $55 USD, online booking discount: 25%: Now only $42 USD per person
Children 4-11 $38 USD, online discount 25%: Now only $29 USD per child
Minimum number of participants: 4 (adult cost), this tour leaves every Wednesday, other days on request
This tour is for smaller groups only up to 12 people max. If we have more people we will split up the groups to give you an exclusive tour.
Included in the turtle release tour:
Tours available in Spanish, English, Dutch and French.
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 February, 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 our marine specialist, Thalia, 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.
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.
Itinerary of the tour: time may change a little, this is based on sunset time
5.30pm We leave from Old Town Puerto Vallarta
6.00pm Arrival at Nuevo Vallarta to the hatching area
The time of return to Vallarta depends completely on Mother Nature!
Your guide Thalia will explain you all about the turtles and protection centers. If nature allows us, we might see a turtle laying her eggs on the beach. We will release the newborns. According to the board of Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), baby turtles are no longer to be held by tourist, this to enhance their chances to survive. But this is an experience you will never forget!
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.
Private tours are also available. Let us know how big is your party to give a special rate.
Are you not staying near Old Town? We have other pick up locations too.