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Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
+238 974 50 20
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small fenced off area outside of the Riu Hotel, definately worth a visit

We visited in November which was the perfect time to see the Hatchlings. As there is not much... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Matt and Julie x
Worth going to see - as important to the island!

We walked there from our hotel in Santa Maria - about 30 mins walk. Wasn't quite what we expected... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
Sally T
Burton, United Kingdom
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From June until December you can find out all about turtles in Cape Verde by visiting us at our turtle hatchery on the beach outside the RIU hotel or at The Turtle House in Santa Maria (next to CV Telecom). During July, August & September we can take you on a guided walk to see one of nature's most spectacular events - a turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs. Then from August to December there are baby turtles being born before your eyes in the hatchery. Adopting a baby turtle or a whole nest is a unique and genuinely Capeverdean souvenir! You will receive a certificate and photos of your baby or babies after they are born. A great gift for friends and family back home. The activities are managed by The Cabo Verde Nature Company and your contributions help to fund protection of turtles throughout the Cabo Verde islands. Hatchery visits are free and are available daily between 10h-12h and 16h-18h. Please check with your hotel or tour rep for more information or visit the Turtle House.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
+238 974 50 20

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Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited in November which was the perfect time to see the Hatchlings. As there is not much information on the internet we booked a trip with one of the tour guides from the beach which was a big mistake. You just need to order...More

3  Thank Matt and Julie x
Reviewed 1 January 2017

We walked there from our hotel in Santa Maria - about 30 mins walk. Wasn't quite what we expected but glad we went, it was worth it to learn about and see the turtles, we saw one of the last batches to be hatched.

1  Thank Sally T
Reviewed 28 December 2016

The turtle watch is something you must experience. Our tour guide was very informative. They cannot guarantee that you will be able to see the turtles. We were very lucky and it was wonderful to watch!!!!

2  Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We thought the reviews sounded so good we would visit this place but it wasn't there! Apparently it is a temporary structure on the beach that is there during the turtle season only. I thought even if there were no turtles we could still visit...More

2  Thank Dee C
Reviewed 17 December 2016

cabo verde is one of the most important birthplaces for turtles. unfortunately there is more unsustainable tourism coming and the turtles' nest places get disturbed. gladly these committed girls and boys have decided to help the turtles. and it was a mind-boggling experience to see...More

2  Thank reto_loves_turtles
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Not to be missed. We were fortunate and stayed in the Riu Palace so the nesting site was in the beach next to the hotel. Very informative volunteer discussing the life cycle and all information regarding turtles.

2  Thank Kim D
Reviewed 15 December 2016

An amazing must see experience ❤️❤️❤️ You get to hear about the project, see the turtles who've hatched that day and then see them released. A magical experience.

Thank Laura S
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We got a taxi from the hotel, just ask for turtle beach. were lucky enough to see lots of baby turtles hatching. And watch the sun go down the beach here really is great if you like big waves and warm water

2  Thank devongirl_10
Reviewed 13 December 2016

Spent a great couple of hours watching baby turtles hatch and make there way into the sea hopefully to return in 20 years. The volunteers who run this are so knowledgable and helpful thumbs up to you guys you do a great job.

1  Thank Teresa H
Reviewed 11 December 2016

We were staying in the Riu so it was easy to access, as the hatchery was right at the back of the hotel. The volunteers do a brilliant job looking after the future of these creatures. There is a talk every night at 5 and...More

1  Thank Lifeguard22
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