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SEE Turtles

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SEE Turtles offers trips to participate in sea conservation projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. Projects are focused on protecting sea turtles and inspiring travelers to take an active role in the preservation of their natural habitat. Volunteer projects, expeditions, and adventure travel packages are available in Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Belize. Visit the SEE Turtles website to learn more.

Founded
2008
Headquarters

7227 SW Linette Way
Beaverton, OR 97007
United States

Reviews

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Jennifer
10/10

This was my second trip with SeeTurtles. This trip was amazing. Working with the turtles was the most rewarding part of the trip, but it was awesome to get to see the whale sharks and gray whales. The trip really inspired me to want to do even more for our small world. For me, one of the highlights of the trip was the food provided at the camp. It was delicious. The staff at the camp were mindful of everyone’s dietary needs and restrictions. Overall, the Baja trip was amazing and would be worth doing again!

Yes, I recommend this program
Shalia
10/10

This was such an amazing experience! I truly enjoyed every aspect of my trip. Yes, it was hot, but you're in Nicaragua - it's hot there! The staff was very friendly, the events were well organized and enjoyable. I experienced some difficulties with my travel with delayed flights, lost luggage, etc. Brad and the others were very supportive and made extra accommodations to ensure I was well taken care of. To witness the miracle of the females laying their eggs and the babies hatching was such a profound moment. I truly love that this organization partners with locals to help preserve, protect and ensure the survival of these magnificent creatures! I would absolutely go again!

How can this program be improved?
If anything, maybe add a few extra fans for the sleeping areas. Perhaps if a nest hatches while volunteers are there, they could watch some of the process of the studies done on the hatchlings.
Yes, I recommend this program
Chris
10/10

Nobody told the hawksbills that they don't nest in mangroves! Hawksbills are endangered so when people scoured the world for more populations, they were surprised to find this one nesting in an unexpected place. Thick mangrove forests stretch around Padre Ramos Estuary giving the turtles ample places to nest.

This trip was my second to volunteer with turtles. My first was with leatherbacks in Costa Rica. Most of the Costa Rica work was at night, wheras the hawksbills were seen at various times of day. The most fun was releasing hatchling turtles at night.

Also, the political and military problems one associates with Nicaragua were from decades ago. We travelled all over the north western corner of the country and met only friendly folks.
I recommend this trip.

How can this program be improved?
Structure of dormitory upper level could be improved. It is hot there at night, but some minor modifications to the windows and doors, specifically leaving some open to encourage air flow and running the generator longer to use fans to cool down the place would have been useful.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Eley
10/10

The Cuba Sea Turtle Expedition with SEE Turtles was an incredible experience. I am so happy that I was able to travel abroad with such a great group to such a great place. Brad did a wonderful job at organizing the trip. I felt very fulfilled with what I was able to do and what I learned. Being able to work up close with Dr. Julia Azanza and the beautiful sea turtles was quite a treat. I would definitely recommend this program as well as go again!

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would say about improving this program would be to spend a couple more days in Havana. Otherwise, it was an amazing experience.
Yes, I recommend this program
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sara
9/10

This was a great trip to experience lots of marine wildlife up close. Our group of 12 or so had lots of hands-on participation with turtle research helping to catch, measure and weigh them. Also, went out in the bay to see several female and baby gray whales breaching and spy-hopping within yards of our boats. Very exciting!! Our trip leaders were very knowledgeable and the entire trip was well organized. Accommodations were very pleasant (even the camping!) and food was tasty and plentiful.

Yes, I recommend this program

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