Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station Tours

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Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station
Set on an isolated beach, the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station presides over the shelled creatures who come here every year to nest. Devoted conservationists keep an eye on the green and loggerhead turtles, safeguarding the eggs and young hatchlings and educating the public on the turtles’ plight. 

The Basics
The wellbeing of the turtles and their hatchlings depends on delicate circumstances. Therefore, it’s best to visit the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station as part of a tour with an experienced guide. The conservation station is often included in safari jeep tours of the Akamas Peninsula, which typically stop at other area attractions like Avakas Gorge and the Baths of Aphrodite. Most tours offer the chance to browse the exhibits in the station and look for hatchlings, depending on the season. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lara Bay Turtle Conservation is a must for nature and animal lovers.
  • If you plan on spending a few hours at the beach, bring water and snacks.
  • Neither the conservation station nor the beach are wheelchair friendly; rocky and uneven surfaces make access difficult. 

How to Get There
Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station is on Lara Beach, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) north of Paphos, Cyprus. The access road to Lara Beach is rough and unpaved; it’s best suited to travelers with a four-wheel drive.

When to Get There 
Egg-laying season usually lasts from May to August. This is the best time to go—you’ll have a higher chance of seeing newly hatched turtles in the conservatory’s water tanks. 

Wildlife at Lara Beach
Wildlife thrives on the remote and undeveloped Lara Beach, and turtles aren’t the only species you might spy. You may also see goats, as well as mouflons, a kind of wild sheep unique to Paphos. Nearer the shore, you may spot seals, which are known to frequent the nearby sea caves. 
Address: Lara Bay, Paphos 8010, Cyprus
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Explore the wild Akamas Peninsula on this full-day tour from Limassol. With a guide providing navigation and insightful commentary on the region's geology, flora, and fauna; all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the scenery. Highlights include the Baths of Aphrodite, the limestone cliffs in the Avakas Gorge, and the greenback turtles in Lara Bay. Traveling in an off-road vehicle gives you access to parts of the island that traditional tours can't reach.
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Get access to the wildest and most rugged areas of the Akamas Peninsula on this tour via 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Enjoy visiting highlights of the area that traditional tour vehicles can't reach, such as the Avakas Gorge, Lara Bay, and the Baths of Aphrodite. Along the way, listen in engaging commentary from your guide on the region's history, culture, geology, and wildlife.
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Explore the beautiful nature of Cyprus with this day trip form Paphos. Stroll around scenic limestone-clad Avakas Gorge. Walk along the Lara Bay and gawk at indigenous turtles nesting in their natural habitat. Discover Ayios Georgios, a church dating back to the sixth century. And then take some free time to wander on your own.
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Cruise and 4X4 Safari Tour at Akamas Peninsula from Paphos

Experience the natural wonders of Cyprus’ Akamas Peninsula by land and water on this full-day adventure from Paphos. Venture off-road on a 4x4 safari, see the Baths of Aphrodite, enjoy a thrilling hike through the Avakas Gorge, visit the Lara Turtle Conservation Project at Lara Beach, and cruise around the stunning Blue Lagoon.
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Cruise and 4X4 Safari Tour at Akamas Peninsula from Limassol

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Explore the wilds of the Akamas Peninsula on this full-day tour from Pissouri. With a guide in the lead and all transportation taken care of, you can relax and enjoy the sights. Listen to your guide's in-depth commentary as you visit the the Baths of Aphrodite, Lara Bay, and Avakas Gorge. Riding in a 4x4 vehicle gives you access to parts of the peninsula that traditional tour buses can't reach.
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Venture off-road and explore the wild landscapes of the Akamas Peninsula by both land and sea. On this full-day tour from Pissouri, trek through the Avakas Gorge, visit the Cyprus Turtle Conservation Project at Lara Beach, discover the Baths of Aphrodite, and cruise around the beaches and islands of the Blue Lagoon. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Tour Begins From Paphos!!! The 4.5 hour safari allows you to experience more of off-road riding. You can choose quad bikes, buggies or Enduro bikes.4.5 hour route • Please arrive at least 20 minutes earlier to fill in and sign the paperwork, and familiarize yourself with the bikes. • We start our route near the famous Coral Bay beach of Pegeia, carry on towards the shipwreck, sea caves and then enjoy quiet winding roads through the banana plantations towards St George’s church and marina before continuing down into Akamas Nature Reserve. • In Akamas, all riding is off-road. • Here, we visit Lara beach, which is famous as the turtle nesting grounds – here we have time for an invigorating swim. Our next stop is a small café for some refreshments set in a picturesque landscape between the sea and the mountains. • We then proceed to Adonis Bath (the entrance fee is EUR 7), which entails about 30 minutes of off-road driving.
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