A Day at the Beach & Marine Baby Turtle Encounter
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Approximately 6 Hours
Head to a part of the protected Estrella del Mar area, where the general public is not allowed.
On the pristine beaches of Stone Island, you'll learn how marine biologists gather eggs from endangered gulf turtles and incubate them. They started with just 40 nests, but nowadays they number in the thousands. A biologist guide will lead you along a natural path on a hike that showcases the daily undertakings of the facility. Hatching season is from September to February, but regardless of the time of year, you will have the opportunity to see baby turtles in a special pool. They're fed and protected here, ready for release into the wild. Your job today is to adopt and name one of these turtles, so that he/she can be released into the ocean after dark on the same day. Darkness makes the baby turtles less visible to predators and is the normal, natural time that they set off into their natural habitat in the sea.
Your work is done; now it's time to relax. You'll head to the Estrella del Mar Beach Resort, also located on Stone Island. Walk on the beautiful sandy beach, swim in the private pool, or just sunbathe on the beach in a serene, vendor-free atmosphere.
Hungry? Great! A delicious buffet lunch is included along with beverages, sodas or water.
A portion of your tour cost goes to support the turtle project. Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Minimum age is 8 years.