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Port of Spain: Matura Beach Turtle Migration Observation

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Watch as giant leatherback sea turtles climb out of the ocean to lay their eggs under the moonlight. Witness the culmination of their months-long journey and learn about their fascinating migration and egg-laying history.

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Highlights

  • See giant leatherback sea turtles climbing out of the ocean
  • Watch the egg-laying process in the sand
  • Learn about turtle migration and egg incubation from local experts

Description

Depart Port of Spain in the early evening following a pickup from your hotel. Head east through several villages before you reach Matura Beach on Trinidad's eastern coast. Here you’ll meet a small group of local experts on the egg-laying season that will guide you to the beach to view the turtles nesting under moonlight. The leatherback sea turtles can weigh up to 1,500 pounds (680 kg) and measure nearly 10 feet (3 meters) across. You’ll witness the end of a journey that has taken them across the Atlantic Ocean, as the female turtle returns to the beach she was born on to spend over 2 hours laying her eggs. Biologists believe that these creatures — and this migratory process — have seen relatively little change in almost 150 million years. If you're lucky, you may see a baby turtle hatch and crawl its way into the ocean, and often there are multiple turtles laying eggs at the same time. Each nest contains almost 80 eggs, but typically only 2-3 turtles survive per nest. At the end of the evening, make your way back to Port of Spain, with a drop-off around midnight.

Includes

Guided turtle watching on Matura Beach Round-trip transportation to and from centrally located Port of Spain hotels

Important Information

  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place
  • You must be able to walk on sand and unpaved trails
  • This activity operates in most weather conditions

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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