Watching Holidays, St Lucia, Trinidad, Melbourne,
Florida, Great Barrier Reef, Sea Turtle
turtles and ecotourism
watching holidays qualify as ecotourism as they
are observing wildlife in their natural habitat
without too much impact on their natural environment.
The limited destinations and locations for turtle
watching holidays must be preserved. Please ensure
that you book your turtle watching holidays experience
with a reputable agent who knows the environmental
sensitivities and the rules - enjoy watching turtles.
deals will be with such reputable providers,
but be sure to watch out for inappropriate intrusion
on the turtles’ habitats.
to your turtle watching experience
turtles are often called the ancient mariners
of the sea. They have been swimming in the ocean
for more than 150 million years, first appearing
during the age of the dinosaur. Turtles have changed
little since then, maintaining an aquatic existence
and only coming ashore to lay eggs, producing
another generation to swim the seas.
of the world’s seven species of marine turtle
live in the waters around Australia and all occur
within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Some species, such as the loggerhead and green
turtle are seen frequently; while others, such
as the olive ridley and leatherback, are known
to occur in the Great Barrier Reef but are seldom
come ashore at night to build their nests and
lay eggs and it
is essential to take care while watching the female
turtles lay eggs or the hatchlings emerge from
the sand and make their way to the ocean. Disturbing
the turtles during nesting and hatching can interrupt
watch in Central
the warmer months of November through March, turtles
nest on local beaches after sunset. Six to eight
weeks later the flatback, green, loggerhead, and
leatherback sea turtles hatch and scramble for
the ocean, beginning the turtle life cycle.
are a number of special sites to keep in mind
when planning your holiday to include the turtles.
Just outside Bundaberg, the mainland beach of
Mon Repos is the largest loggerhead sea turtle
rookery in the South Pacific. Holiday makers at
neighbouring beaches also enjoy turtles nesting.
The soon to open Bundaberg Turtle Centre will
provide family friendly information to assist
your first hand turtle experiences.
Southern Great Barrier Reef's Lady Elliot and
Lady Musgrave Islands are located off the coast
of Bundaberg. On summer nights sea turtles nest
on beaches backdropped by Lady Musgrave's National
Park and Lady Elliot's relaxed reef resort atmosphere.
practice when on Turtle Watching Holidays
- Keep the use
of lighting (e.g. torches) to a minimum. Hint:
put a red cloth or cellophane over the torch.
- Lights should
be no more than a three-volt, two-cell, hand-held
- Do not approach
too close to turtles leaving the water and moving
up the beach.
- Do not shine
lights directly on turtles leaving the water,
moving up the beach, building nests, or laying
- Avoid loud
noise and sudden movements near turtles while
they are laying their eggs.
- Do not touch
the turtles, hatchlings or eggs.
- Keep dogs
- Do not light
campfires on turtle nesting beaches.
- Report sick,
injured, stranded or dead turtles
- Learn about
the habits and needs of turtles to increase
your appreciation of them.
Government Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
is a good source of information about how to appreciate
marine turtles on turtle watching holidays.
marine turtles in Puerto Rico - The leatherback
sea turtle is the largest living sea turtle in
the world. The average adult weighs 500 to 1600
pounds. When nesting, leatherbacks will not enter
an area where lights or noise of any kind exist.
Therefore, nesting grounds are very rare. In the
Caribbean, there are only three prime places where
the endangered leatherback turtles nest, and Culebra,
Puerto Rico is fortunate to be one of them. Culebra
has two beaches that provide a dark, quiet, and
safe place for leatherback turtles - Resaca and
Brava beaches. Both beaches are within the wildlife
turtle watching holidays in Ontario - watch for
turtles in lakes, ponds and rivers any time from
May to October. Turtles love to bask. When water
temperatures are cool in spring, they climb out
on logs, rocks and lakeshores to warm themselves.
Dozens can congregate on a single log, sometimes
with individuals crawling on top of one another.
Turtles become more dispersed in the summer, but
“hot spots” will still attract some
turtles on a regular basis. Basking turtles are
wary and quickly dive into the water when they
sense a threat; binoculars are very helpful for
watching turtles from a distance. Many sightings
of turtles away from the water occur in June when
females may travel overland seeking suitable nesting
you like to keep notes of your observations on
turtle watching holidays, some of the following
information is worth recording:
and numbers of turtles
date and time
specific location (road or highway, nearest community,
weather (e.g. temperature, cloud cover, precipitation,
habitat (e.g. pond, lake, road embankment, etc.)
activity (e.g. basking, laying eggs, crossing
a road, etc.)
condition of animal (e.g. lethargic behaviour,
is still much to be learned about turtle biology.
The more we know about their environmental needs
and changes in their abundance and distribution,
the more we can implement proper local controls
for all future turtle watching holidays.
your turtle watching holidays in St Lucia, Trinidad,
Melbourne, Florida and the Great Barrier Reef.
Sea turtle holidays and turtle watching.