Five Amazing Places to Save Turtles for International Turtle Day

Vancouver, BC | Posted: May 23rd, 2017

Green turtle at sea surface, Similan, Thailand

Green turtle at sea surface, Similan, Thailand

By Sarah Lafontaine

Let’s face it, sea turtles have the best taste in destinations! They are drawn to wide open, sandy, warm beaches in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, so supporting or taking part in conservation programs is super enjoyable. We’re thrilled to work with amazing tour operators and organizations that offer travelers fun and fulfilling experiences and the chance to connect with other like-minded travelers. Five Amazing Places to Save Turtles for International Turtle Day

Have a look at some of our favorite programs that help save sea turtles:

Sea Turtle Conservation in Greece – Global Volunteer International (GVI)

Photo Credit: GVI

Venture to Greece on a conservation program that is making strides in the conservation of Greece’s sea turtle populations. Join other like-minded volunteers in a beautiful, quiet fishing town, while participating in activities to help restore sea turtle populations. In your free time, enjoy access to beautiful nature reserves and old-world history, fabulous cuisine and unbelievable fun!

Whale Watching & Sea Turtle Research – RED Travel Mexico

Photo Credit: RED Travel Mexico

Join local fisherman guides in this locally based conservation effort as you learn to tag sea turtles, whale watch, and enjoy all that Magdalena Bay in Mexico has to offer. Arrive in La Paz and enjoy a night to explore the city on your own. Depart for the secluded island where the campsite and turtle monitoring base is situated.

After orientation, get up close with the turtles when you help catch, weigh, and then release them back into the water. You will also have time to explore the beautiful area of Magdalena Bay with a guide, whale watch and enjoy delicious, fresh-caught seafood!

Cuba Sea Turtle Adventure – SEE Turtles

Photo Credit: Rene Perez Massola

Take part in a unique opportunity to explore the culture and natural wonders of Cuba with this sea turtle adventure. Wander around the streets of Havana, enjoy traditional music, and even take a dance lesson! Meet Dr. Julia Azanza, head of the Guanahacabibes program and Dr. Patricia Gonzalez, a coral biologist at the University of Havana for some insight into Cuba’s ecosystems.

Visit turtle nesting sites to monitor and possibly see hatchlings at the Guanahacabibes National Park. Later, explore caves, help measure turtles, and explore exquisite coral reefs with snorkel or diving excursions.

Sea Turtle & Wildlife Conservation – Love Volunteers

Photo Credit: Love Volunteers

Travel to a beautiful seaside village in Guatemala and assist with turtle conservation! Experience the incredible feeling of making a difference, meeting new friends and getting to know a new culture. Guatemala is an amazing place to find adventure, so make sure to make the most of your free time there, or even tack on a couple of extra days before or after the program! This program is a hands-on volunteer program, so be ready to get your hands dirty and have a load of fun!

Cocos Island Shark & Sea Turtle Research Trip – Turtle Island Restoration Network

Photo Credit: Turtle Island Restoration Network

Cocos Island National Park, located off the coast of Costa Rica, is internationally revered for its diverse and rare marine life and was named the best place to dive with sharks by CNN. The World Heritage site is home to many species that are under threat due to illegal fishing practices which you can help counter.

Dive into the waters with renowned conservationists and come face to face with different species of sea turtles, several species of sharks, and be swarmed by great schools of fish. Your efforts will directly impact the conservation project and help protect the diverse yet delicate underwater ecosystem.


Sarah Lafontaine

Sarah Lafontaine

Sarah is an independent contractor with specialization in content writing and social media management for the travel industry. After many years as a travel agent, she switched gears to focus on promoting responsible travel through Holidays for Humanity. Sarah currently writes content for and manages social media for all Holidays for Humanity brands including SEEtheWILD, Trek Union and GoVoluntouring. When not working, Sarah can be found searching for her next travel destination or exploring Vancouver’s dog-friendly parks and trails with her dog, Otto.