Trinidad Sea Turtles
One of the world’s most important leatherback turtle nesting locations, Trinidad offers a near guarantee to witness giant sea turtles on beautiful Caribbean beaches. Nearby Tobago offers some of the best diving in the Caribbean.
With 80 percent of all leatherback nesting in the insular Caribbean, the nesting population on this island is critical to conservation efforts. Of an estimated 35,000 leatherback females worldwide, as many as 6,000 nest on these beaches.
Our Sea Turtle Partner
Nature Seekers works with more than 50 members of the local community to patrol the key nesting beach of Matura. Each year, they protect 3,000 nests on Matura Beach, improving the chance for survival for tens of thousands of hatchlings. Travelers to Matura Beach have the option to stay with a local family to experience authentic local foods and vibrant culture.
Sea Turtle Species
Hawksbills: Tobago has an important population of hawksbills living in its numerous coral reefs.
Greens: Many green turtles inhabit the seagrass beds off of Tobago.
Go SEE Turtles
Earthwatch Volunteer Expeditions to Matura Beach: Price $2,795 pp (not including airfare) Various dates from June to November.
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How Conservation Tourism Helps
- Tour guiding provides an alternative to illegal harvesting of eggs and turtle meat for sale.
- Building small-scale tourism companies in the islands will build support for efforts to protect important habitat from unsustainable coastal development.
- Income from visits will help to fund important sea turtle research and conservation efforts.