SEE Turtles

Program 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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Sylvia
10/10

Getting a glimpse of the spirit and culture of havana ,the countryside, the seascape of cuba and sharing this and the very special moment of being with sea turtles while they are laying their eggs
with likeminded people, made this adventure unique and wonderful.
Every well thought out detail was special and all along
I felt very safe and so well taken care of.
I enjoyed the B&B accommodation in Havana, it had much charm of days gone by and showed us how content people can live with so much less than what we are accustomed to.

How can this program be improved?
If the problem is not already solved encourage the resort to have a cat spay and neuter program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Bev
9/10

It was a wonderful trip of doing research on turtles. The Oso peninsula is very beautiful. We got to do a lot of snorkeling and sightseeing. The staff and guides are very helpful and caring and take groups out to experience as much fun as possible. The accomodations were nice and the food was always wonderful. Brad Nahill is an easy going, experienced knowledgeable guide that has led many trips. I have been on at least 2 other trips with Brad and enjoy the experiences that he plans to make it educational and memorable.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bev
10/10

This trip was wonderful. We saw lots of sea life at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve observing turtles, sting rays, nurse sharks, and lots of fish. The divers for St. George Caye were very informative and wonderful people. Brad Nahill is a great organizer of the trip and very knowledgeable about the sea turtles and very experienced in his field.
I also enjoyed going inner tubing into the caves and going to the Ruins in Guatemala.
It was an exciting trip with lots of good people to experience it with. I recommend it highly.

How can this program be improved?
I can't think of anything.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Bev
9/10

The trip was wonderful. We got to swim with a whale shark. We got to see lots of whales and we did sea turtle research. The staff was friendly and accomodating. the cook at Magdalena Bay served excellent food and is a great chef. We also got to go hiking and the scenery was exceptional. Brad Nahill is a very knowledgeable sea turtle researcher and very pleasant to go on trips with. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rosanne
10/10

This tour was very well organized, a great way to see Nicaragua and a great adventure. I made the trip in August of 2017 by myself but quickly made friends within the group of people also experiencing the tour. For me the number one highlight was being part of the turtle hatchlings release. It was an experience of a lifetime and one I want to do over and over again. There were many learning opportunities along with chances to give back provided within this tour. It was definitely a hands on trip with options included to meet individual needs. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Padre Ramos and Hawksbill Sea Turtles.

Yes, I recommend this program