2 independent reviews for Kefalonia sea turtle holiday in Greece

Reviews for Kefalonia sea turtle holiday in Greece

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review 29 Aug 2021

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the hatchlings

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect to be able to do anything but watch the process

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Lovely relaxed holiday in the sun

Read the operator's response here:

Great to see you enjoyed your stay! It is true that long-term volunteering has a greater impact. However, during this holiday short-term volunteers get to actively support sea turtle conservation and participate in many activities that benefit the turtles, while raising awareness. So we'd like to thank you very much for your support.

review 27 Aug 2021

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We all loved seeing loggerhead hatchlings for the first time and watching them head for the sea - we were able to observe nest excavations, surveys, take part in night shifts and visit harbour turtles with the group. It was really interesting talking to our guide, who was an expert wildlife photographer and naturalist. As we are keen swimmers, we really enjoyed staying so close to such lovely beaches.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

An interesting experience and Hotel Ammes staff are lovely - a very friendly vibe and some delicious food available. With the turtles, there is very little opportunity for hands-on volunteering - although you participate, this is a watch and learn experience (on the one-week holiday). People looking to be more actively involved should choose a longer volunteering holiday, because on a short break there's minimal time to train a new group and also deploy them. There's plenty of time to do other things, such as kayaking, and bikes are provided for site visits and exploring - so you make your own way to and from nesting sites along a stretch of coast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The hotel, restaurant, and operators are all run by local people. The environmental organisations are doing a great job, also monitoring impact of plastic pollution and doing beach clean-ups etc. I think our main contribution as short-term volunteering tourists was financial, and also having an opportunity to raise awareness by e.g. sharing on social media.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A great opportunity to visit loggerhead turtles in their natural environment, learn about them, observe them closely and meet wildlife experts and other volunteers. Also doubles up as a relaxing beach holiday in a lovely area on a beautiful island in the Mediterranean!

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