4:30 PM, 5:00 PM. (From August through January)
Tour Office in Marina Vallarta. Directions will be provided with your confirmation.
Tour DaysMonday, Wednesday, Friday
Tour Type: Ecotour, Nature, Nature and Wildlife, On the land, Outdoor Activities
We can find six out of the seven species of sea turtle recognized worldwide nesting in Mexican seashores, all of them under complete federal protection since 1990. To Puerto Vallarta beaches comes mostly the species known as Olive Ridley or Golfina, in Spanish, (Lepidochelys olivacea).
During summer, the coast of Banderas Bay gives refuge to the female sea turtles that leave the security of the ocean to venture into one of the most important stages of their lives: lay their eggs in the warm sand of our beaches to be incubated by the sun. Once they spawn, the females return to the sea, trusting the next generation to Nature. When the young are ready to hatch, volunteers who have taken care of the nest for approximately 50 days, guard them until sunset to release them once the sun is gone, minimizing the risk of being prey to birds, fish and other natural predators.
Our adventure provides an encounter with this miracle. By joining this tour, in addition to helping the baby turtle hatchlings reach the ocean, you will support the hard work of a dedicated team of Mexican biologists and volunteers to increase the survival rate of Olive Ridley sea turtle, which is in danger of extinction. You will also know what is done in a turtle camp and you can even “plant” your own turtle nest.
- Round-Trip Van Transportation from metting point
- Turtle Briefing and Explanation
- Visit and tour in a Sea Turtle Camp
- Baby Sea Turtle Release
- Soft drinks, juices and granola bars.
- Water to refill
What to Bring
- Comfortable clothes
- Insect repellent
- Comfortable shoes or sandals for walking on sand
- If there are no baby turtles on the day of your tour, our sales staff will contact you to re-schedule your reservation.
- Not recommended for children under 3 years old or pregnant women.
- People with back, neck, heart or knee problems are not recommended.
- Children from 4 to 11 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult.
- All participants must be able to walk 1 mile in total on sand and loose gravel.
- Not accessible for wheelchairs or strollers.