It’s like being a midwife, minder and marine conservationist all at the same time. One minute you are either watching rare leatherbacks create nests, or helping guide their hatchlings safely to their natural habitat in the ocean, the next you are filling in spreadsheets with data to go on worldwide records. Because turtles are still seriously endangered. Either by climate change, overfishing or poaching. Or the destruction of nesting habitats for development. Nests that are like long term care homes really. Because miraculously, females turtles – whether they are green, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback or olive ridley – return to the beaches where they were born to nest.
Turtle conservation holidays aim to protect these habitats, nesting turtles and their hatchlings so that populations can thrive once again. Rarely glamorous, these holidays involve camping, engaging local communities or collecting data night and day. However, when it comes to nature’s miracles, turtle conservation holidays are totally rare and totally glamourous.
Find out more in our turtle conservation holidays travel guide.