Enjoy the natural beauty of Santa Maria and get an up close look at nature with this eco tour. You'll see the iconic Caret Caret Loggerhead turtles up close and in their natural habitat and learn about how they make these protected beaches their home on this popular tour.
See Loggerhead turtles in their natural environment
This trip was absolutely great, our guide Stefano was extremely knowledgeable and very respectful of the turtles, which enabled us to watch them up close, but with no disruption to the turtles themselves. We saw three in total, two laying eggs up close and watching them come up onto the beach from a distance too.
Highly recommended, but if you do go please ensure you go with a guide, and especially respect the turtles and follow your guides rules as they are sensitive to light and must not be disturbed. We did observe some individuals not on a guided excursion with a lack of education on how to behave around the turtles, which was a shame but hopefully a rare occurrence!
Definitely go if you're in Sal during turtle season! Also a top tip: follow this excursion up with a trip to the Turtle Sanctuary in front of the Hotel Riu Palace the next day to see the great conservation work being done. We arrived there around 5pm and got to hear a free talk from the team, and also see baby turtles being collected and released. The turtle sanctury talk was free, do give a donation!
An excellent activity, and we were lucky enough to see two turtles, and witness the nesting process in front of our eyes.
Knowledgeable and friendly guides, who were more than happy to spend time explaining and making sure the whole group could experience the amazing sight of a turtle nesting and returning to the ocean.
Even the time waiting for the turtle was brilliant, as you sit under the stars in total darkness, the sky comes alive.
Just be aware as this is nature, it can be a late night, but well worth it.