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Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery

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Ponta Preta Beach, Santa Maria | Mercado Municipal, local 22, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
+238 594 36 52
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Great project, great people

What a great initiative and great contribution to nature, more specifically the survival of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Wouter J
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Belgium
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Great organisation and great tour

We went along for a turtle walk and out host was amazing. Friendly and went through a lot of facts... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Luke L
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Visit Project Biodiversity's Turtle Hatchery on the beach by the Riu Hotel to observe the excavation of Loggerhead sea turtle nests, learn about the conservation of the species and have the chance to see baby Loggerhead turtles. From August until mid December.
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“riu funana” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 17:00 - 18:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ponta Preta Beach, Santa Maria | Mercado Municipal, local 22, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a great initiative and great contribution to nature, more specifically the survival of loggerhead turtles. A project well worth sponsoring, (virtually) adopt a turtle through their we site to help out financially.

Thank Wouter J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went along for a turtle walk and out host was amazing. Friendly and went through a lot of facts about the turtles we were seeing. So much in fact that other tours were stopping by to listen! They also do a great job of...More

Thank Luke L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Please visit as a trip out from your hotel the people work really hard for no money all for the love of the turtles without these volunteers turtle numbers will plummet and please leave a donation or even sponsor a turtle nest

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

Cordoned off area where the Turtles nest is just along from the hotel opening and you cant miss it. Not much to see presumably due to the time of year but nice its there and will be worth a view later in the year

2  Thank NovaChap
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ProjectBiodiversity, Public Relations Manager at Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Hello, Thank you for the review. As you said, there is not much to see now. But you will find some information about the sea turtles in Sal and other facts. The turtles will be arriving very soon. We are expecting them on July!

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We went in November and saw some baby turtles hatching. Such an amazing thing to see. They are doing fantastic work here. We made a donation. Seriously they need the money to keep going with this fantastic work.

Thank Lane-English
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

On our beach they had an area with eggs. Areas were labelled to tell them when the young ones would hatch. They really care about them

Thank SueDriver
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We went to the release on our last day but unfortunately there were none to be released - next time I'll go earlier in the holiday so that we manage to see them - learned some interesting facts about Turtles though so great work guys.

3  Thank Mark N
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ProjectBiodiversity, Public Relations Manager at Project Biodiversity Turtle Conservation Hatchery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Thank you Mark! A pity that you could not enjoy the release. Nature is unpredictable!

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

We went to the project with a tour guide but now we know where it is we could have just got a taxi and saved lots of money! It was the end of the breeding season so there were only 10 nests left. We saw...More

2  Thank SueC1973
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

This is situated at the beach of the RIU Palace/Funana in Santa Maria. Nests are maintained here and well taken care of. We were lucky to see a couple of hatchlings before they were released. Tourists can adopt a nest site for a fee.

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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Fantastic, really liked the talk and we were lucky enough to see some of the last nests to hatch and be released. Fantastic job you guys are doing, keep it up.

Thank Neil G
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Wanderer2210
30 May 2018|
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Response from ProjectBiodiversity | Property representative |
Hello again Wanderer2210, In early July the nesting season is starting. At this point, we are already patrolling most of the nesting beaches during the night and morning. In the Hatchery, we will be probably be... More
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Wanderer2210
29 May 2018|
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Response from ProjectBiodiversity | Property representative |
Hello Wanderer2210, Sadly the answer is no. It would be a big surprise to have nests hatching early July. Normally the "hatching" season starts mid/end August.
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andyk902018
4 February 2018|
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Response from ksa192 | Reviewed this property |
It’s out of season just now. Follow their Facebook page for up to date information
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