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“Best thing I have ever done!”
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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 27 October 2013

Came here twice. First time adopted a turtle for my niece. The second time we came, they had so many hatchlings they decided to do a night time tour releasing turtle's on the beach..
This was amazing, there were over 120 baby turtles and around 10 of us signed up to do the release.. I absolutely loved it, best experience EVER!! I carried a bucket of baby turtles, which by the way are so bloody adorable!, to the quieter part of the beach after sunset. We released the little babies onto the shoreline my partners second Turtle was stolen by a ghost crab, but don't worry Neal soon rescued the little one. And was safely swimming out to sea.

This group of lucky people get to do this as a job every day. am a bit jealous.

As the hotels around the beach have built up, this causes the babies to follow the hotel lights rather than the light of the sun/moon to take them to sea.. Turtle SOS group rescue nests which are endangered, and keep them in the hatchery close to the riu hotels, and when they hatch, take them to the shoreline to ensure the development on sal doesn't distract the turtles from their path to the sea.

Absolutely amazing experience.. Loved it. Best time to go is October.

2  Thank Quotchie
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Well what I can say apart from amazing



As we sat waiting for the transport to arrive to collect us for our tour, it was about 8:30pm, we kept seeing open back jeeps passing and Annie and I looked at each other and said we "hope it's not an open back jeep" but sure enough up pulls an open back jeep, the thought of traveling over sand dunes at night to get to the turtle nesting site was at first daunting, but to our surprise it was thoroughly exciting and gave us a real sense of adventure. On arrival our guide for the evening spoke very good English and was very well educated on the conservation of nesting sites across Cape Verde. Our guide asked us to wait while he spoke with the conservation team to locate a nesting site, whilst he did this we sat on the beach looking up at the stars and listening to the waves crashing onto the shore, the night breeze was warm, it was an amazing feeling. Within about 15 minutes our guide had returned with coordinates of a site were a loggerhead turtle was about to lay her eggs , so we moved quietly with the stars guiding our way to where the turtle was about to lay her eggs. We were positioned not to disturb the turtle, we sat down and watched as the Loggerhead Turtle started to lay her eggs, we saw her lay about 100 eggs, she then slowly covered them over with her back flippers and returned to the sea .The whole experience from pick up to drop off was about 2 and a half hours, the cost was 20 euros per person and worth every penny, it was a very humbling experience watching such a beautiful endangered creature in the most intimate moments of creation. This is definitely an experience not to be missed.

Thank Simon H
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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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