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“still waiting”
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Turtle SOS
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“still waiting”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We had a great time in Cao Verde and intend to go back, maybe different island/time of year? We walked along the beach from our hotel to find the hatcherry (40 mins). it was quite busy around the beds, so we had a good look at the available literature- all very interesting. when the beds had quitened down we managed to get nearer and even managed to handle an egg, wonderful experience for our daughter. so much so, we bought 2 t-shirts and 3 gift donations for our daughter and her cousins. for this we got a badly written certificate and the promise of news/photos being e-mailed to the 3 girls.
We are all still waiting, i didn't realise the turtles took this long to hatch and i am also aware that not all eggs hatch, but 12 months and not a single word.This strikes us a long time to wait.
Just be aware before parting with money ($100) that promises are not always fulfilled. my daughter has tried to contact them direct- ignored.
not the best way to help with conservation, we shall not be lucky next time.

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank laurie c
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Rashyroo, Manager at Turtle SOS, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
Dear Laurie C
We are sorry to hear that you did not receive the photos of your adopted hatchlings. We always send out photos on the day that has been specified but sometimes emails go to junk mail or the email address has been written down incorrectly. There are always hatchlings born daily, regardless of the hatching success of the nest, we are always able to release a hatchling as promised. It is disappointing to hear that you are not satisfied and that we have not had the opportunity to rectify this error. If you would like to email us info@turtlesos.org with the name of the adopters, the name of the turtle & the hatch date (if you remember), we will be happy to re-send the email. Each year thousands of people make donations and receive their photos and we are very grateful for the crucial support that allows us to continue this vital conservation work. We hope to hear from you soon.
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London
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“If you are nearby go and see the turtles”
Reviewed 6 December 2012

We stayed a little way along the beach and headed down for 4pm to see the turtles being excavated and managed to see 4 on the day we were there. The guys are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the turtles and the work they do.

Visited November 2012
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2 Thank Chris M
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Rashyroo, Manager at Turtle SOS, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
Thanks a lot. Our team love their work and it shows!
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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Its a must see attraction.”
Reviewed 1 November 2012

I went to see the turtle hatchery in mid cotober. its a facinating place. they give a talk at about 4.00pm about the nests and turtles, then after they excavate the nests which hatched the previous night. if they have enough turtles they will ask visitors to help them released into the sea. the volunteers who run the hatchery are very knowlegable and enthusiastic..

Visited October 2012
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8 Thank Chris S
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Rashyroo, Manager at Turtle SOS, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
Thanks for visiting us Chris, hope you got to see some turtles!
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England
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Turtle Trip”
Reviewed 21 October 2012

We were recommended to take a walk along the beach and see the turtle's being excavated! It is a good walk from Santa Maria but well worth it.

The turtles are soooo cute and the guys and girls there are doing an amazing job. You can get involved lots of ways i believe from donating, adopting one, to helping excavate, to going on the night trip to set them free into the sea.

Definately recommend - interesting and soooo cute!

Visited October 2012
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5 Thank Jane01England
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Rashyroo, Manager at Turtle SOS, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
Thanks a lot Jane, we're glad that you enjoyed your visit.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed 14 October 2012

We visited Cape Verde in September and we had the most amazing experience ever, during our visit we adopted a turtle hatchling and helped to excavate a nest.
We also went on the turtle walk, very tiring but well worth it, especially as we got to release turtle hatchlings. The work these guys do is incredible and in my opinion this is a must for anyone visiting the island of Sal

Visited September 2012
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6 Thank Classy-Chik
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Rashyroo, Manager at Turtle SOS, responded to this review, 8 September 2013
Thanks a lot for visiting us, we appreciate your support.
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