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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
Reviewed 10 October 2013

These guys really do a great job of protecting the local population. The excavations they do at 4.30pm on the beach are good to watch and they give you a lot of information. We went on the late night turtle walk which was great. Unfortunately we didn't see any adults as it was towards the end of the laying cycle, but we did get to release some baby turtles into the sea which more than made up for it. Try to help these guys out by donating or buying something from them.

Thank Matt O
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

A turtle sanctuary right in front of the hotel on the beach, fantastic! We saw them hatching what a great thing to do. All free! You can pay to release them and go on a walk, but seeing them hatching was good enough for me. Donations are very welcome and you can adopt one! For a fee! Hatching Sept to November. Buy a T shirt and spread the word they are in danger of extinction these loggerhead turtles and they need all the help you can give them, you are after all enjoying the beach they have been using as a nesting site for hundreds of thousands of years turning up by the thousand to crowd them out! Give them a lift!

Thank joeyMclaughlin
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

This is a great charity, the work they do is fantastic and should be supported in any way possible. We went on a turtle walk with one of their marine biologists and he was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see any turtles coming onto the beach to lay their eggs but this was never guaranteed and we were happy to have at least tried. We did see turtle tracks from a previous night which was great.
Please don't go with any other tour group it must be with the Turtle SOS guys.

1  Thank Lisa021
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Arrived on Sal just as the Turtles arrived to start laying so immediately booked onto one of the evening/nightime Turtle Walks. Although we didn't see any turtles during our trip we had a lovely evening which was both informative and enjoyable. Turtle SOS are doing a fantastic job and it was great to feel that we were, in our way, doing our bit.
Go, see, learn, enjoy.

3  Thank sharon_jayne
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Rashyroo, Owner at Turtle SOS, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2013

Sorry you didn't get to see a turtle but we are happy that you enjoyed the experience anyway. Your financial support is vital, but the walks are also part of our protection patrols, so you really helped us. Thanks a lot.

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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.

2  Thank laurie c
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Rashyroo, Manager at Turtle SOS, responded to this reviewResponded 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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