Cape Verde is the third largest reserves in the world for number of Caretta Caretta turtles after one hosted Oman and one from Florida.
Guided tours to observe nesting turtles are held nightly from June until mid-October. August is the month of peak spawning season.
The observation of turtles contributes to the survival of these ancient creatures, showing the inhabitants of the archipelago that a turtle alive is worth more than a dead. Indeed they were once hunted and sold to market for their bones and their meat. Turtle eggs are still, unfortunately, a dish that is consumed illegally in some areas of the archipelago.
Often turtles that reach the shore does not nest because they can't find a suitable place on the beach. Sometimes, just a noise, a type of sand too hard or annoying light is enough to make them recede. The chance to see at least a turtle during the summer season is guaranteed to 100%.
Every day (during the period between June and October)
Duration: 3 hours
We start from the hotel or from the city at 19:30.
After a journey of about an hour in the car (with all-terrain vehicles) you get to the beaches that host the broods on the East Coast and South-East of Boavista.
At the place of observation, guests are received by the guide or biologist.
An introductory briefing will provide general information about the biology of sea turtles and safeguard work underway on the island of Cape Verde, but also directions on basic rules to follow in order to minimize the inconvenience brought to the animals.
During the evening, you will not be able to take pictures, even without the flash. It therefore asks not to bring cameras. The turtles get scared easily, but are completely harmless.
During the evening, with a little patience, you can observe up close and touch the turtles, as soon as they have finished making their nests. During the deposition in fact they fall as in a state of temporary coma, allowing biologists to study them and measure them.
During the hatching period, it will be possible to visit the nests, newborn turtles and release some into the sea.
The tour is suitable for children from 6 years.
The guides speak ENG-ITA-FRA-DEU-SPA-POR.
No special technical knowledge required and the transport arrives directly at the place of observation.
Comfortable shoes, sweatshirt or light jacket
Tea, herbal teas, biscuits, ponch will be served during the excursion
By pickup or jeep
- 19.30 from the hotel or from Sal-Rei (by booking at reception or from YOUR tour operator)
- expected return 23.00 hours in the hotel or in town
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In case of sudden rain (very rare) that does not make possible the observation, the excursion will be postponed to the next available evening.
Why to do turtle watching?
A turtle lives 100 years on average. After the birth, remains at sea 20 years and then returns to the place where she was born to nest.
Without GPS. In the darkness. It's a miracle not to be missed.