All species of sea turtles are known to always return to the same beach on which they hatched to lay their very own eggs (except for the leatherback species which is elusive and highly unpredictable). Most species of tortoises live on land. They are mostly found in the wild and live in various environments from deserts and semi-arid areas to lakes, lagoons and swamps and tropical forests. If you want to see sea turtles, you should know that they are a few simple rules that are important to follow:
- You must never use camera flash or bright lights around nesting sea turtles. It’s best just to sit quietly and watch.
- You should most definitely look out for where you walk.
- Do not ever drive on beaches where sea turtles are known to exist.
Here is a list of some of the best places you can visit if you are looking to see turtles and tortoises:
Playa Grande, Costa Rica
The leatherback species is found on the shores of this National Park all year round. The perfect visiting period is between October and March when you get to see the newly-hatched making their way to the waters.
There is a turtle sanctuary located in Oaxaca, and it is the world’s largest nesting site for Olive Ridley turtles. Best time to visit is July when the females come to shore to lay their eggs.
Gili Islands, Indonesia
The Gili Islands has two small sea turtle hatching projects where the just-hatched turtles are kept in a tank until they are right to be released into the sea.
Port Barton, Philippines
If you want to watch baby turtles hatch, this is the best place for you. The hatching period is usually from December to May.
Cayo Largo Del Sur, Cuba
This is an island south of the main island and is a great spot to see endangered sea turtles in Latin America. This island is home to three species. They usually nest between April and September.
Galăpagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos giant tortoises are the most abundant living species of tortoise. There’s an enormous tortoise breeding center in Santa Cruz Island with different species of tortoises.The island is home also to sea turtles as they have ample underwater algae for them to feed. Layng of eggs starts January while hatching begins April.
Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
Atoll is made up of four big coral islands that cover a shallow lagoon. A coral reef surrounds These Islands. Aldabra has been protected from human influence due to difficulties of access and the atoll’s isolation and thus retains some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world’s largest population of this reptile.
Sahara Desert, Africa
This is the home of the sulcata tortoise. It inhabits the southern edge of the desert. It makes burrows in the ground to get to areas with higher moisture levels; where it spends the hottest part of the day. You can visit this place any time of the year and be sure to see some of the best sulcata tortoises.