If you savour snorkelling, you have to graduate from fish to turtles. If you want to enjoy a magical experience, observing sea turtle in their natural habitat gives you this feeling. From Nicaragua to the south pacific. Sea turtles are among the cutest animals in the sea. The seven species of sea turtles are the Kemp’s ridley, green, loggerhead, olive ridley, hawksbill, leatherback and flat back. It doesn’t come as a surprise that both divers and snorkelers are very happy and excited to spot these cuties and swim with them. These reptiles like others of their kind have existed for over 160 million years. These destinations offer a unique chance to dive in and swim with these rare and endangered animals.
MAUI ISLAND, HAWAII
Located on Maui’s North Shore, Kapalua, Ritz-Carlton is a natural sanctuary for exploration and beauty rich with Hawaiian culture. In combination with Jean Michel Ambassadors of Environment programme, the resort offers, and experience regarded as Turtle Tracks, where couples and families are invited to learn about the Sea turtles both on sand and nest. The resort also offers excursions for snorkelling where visitors can feel and enjoy personal meeting with local sea turtles and explore the beautiful reef. Hawaii is home to 5 out of 7 species of sea turtles, and the most common ones are the hawksbill and the green sea turtle. You can see these turtles feeding on algae or lying on the beach. If you see one close to you, be sure not to harass them because it affects their health and moreover, it’s illegal to do this in Hawaii.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
Visit the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador Punta Vicente Roca on the northwest coast of Isabela, one of the Galapagos Islands to Snorkel the shallow rocky waters. Galapagos green turtles are a species that evolved separately from the Pacific pack and return to the Galapagos during nesting season from December to February. Once they arrive at the Galapagos, they stay nearby, taking advantage of the algae patches and cleaning stations. Jump in this ocean, and you will be elbowing to elbow with dozens. If you are with the camera, you will quickly find at least seven with a shot. The principal nesting site at this location in this section is Quinta Playa on Isabela Island.
AITUTAKI LAGOON, COOK ISLANDS
Green turtles travel to the South Pacific lagoon for almost the same reasons we do. The water inside the atoll is like that of a swimming pool, protected and very much warmer than the ocean beyond. Like other reptiles, they are looking to heat their blood. In the Aitutaki Lagoon, a part of the Cook Islands. Turtle diving, as well as snorkelling, is particularly pleasing and good from November through February when the Lagoon is a mating ground for turtles. Although It will be silly to humanize, it will fun to imagine and appreciate the romance of the South Pacific. This is one of the greatest places to swim and see turtles in their natural environment.