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Cozumel Marine Turtle Observation & Baby Liberation Events with FP&M
Thousands of sea turtles arrive to nest in Cozumel each year and there are at least two Marine Turtle Salvation Programs on the island that need your support and help with the conservation efforts of the island! Island volunteers along with visiting tourist volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours over the years to saving the sea trurtle population in Cozumel and now you can participate too!

During the nights of April through September, on the Eastern shore of Cozumel, two species of sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on the beach of Cozumel. The turtles, known as the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia mydas), generally lay from 100-150 eggs and can nest up to 6 times in one season.

Now Cozumel visitors are invited to join and support this important conservation program to save and protect these endangered species of turtles. Work side by side with brigade volunteers and get hands on experience with turtles making their nests, laying eggs as well as watch baby turtles making their way to the sea for the first time.

Tourists visiting Cozumel or those living here who would like to observe, learn and release baby turtles one night for 4 - 6 hours with a turtle brigade can do so during the sea turtle nesting season for a nominal donation per person from June 1 through November 15 annually.

NOTE: Requests are submitted to an approval process and are handled on first-come, first-serve basis. Please allow 1 week for a response.

Read more about Cozumel's Marine Turtle Protection Program



Activity Specifics

Name: Cozumel Marine Turtle Observation & Baby Liberation Events with FP&M
Provider: Cozumel Insider
Availability:
  • 2014 ~ Daily Turtle Brigade Outings
  • MAX Spaces: 15 persons
  • All spaces are by advance reservation only.

    NOTE: We provide this reservation service "Pro Bono" each year for the turtles. In 2013, COZUMELINSIDER raised over US $11,000 in donations with this system ~ 100% for the turtles. HELP US HELP THEM !! Reserve Here Now!!
  • Includes: Transportation to the turtle nesting / work area
    All supplies required for participating, working nests & liberating baby turtles
    Total Time: JUNE 1 - AUGUST 15 ~ turtle spotting & nest marking
    Approximately 4 - 5 hours ~
    8:00pm - 12:30am

    AUGUST 15 - OCTOBER 30 ~ nest checking and liberation of babies
    Approximately 3 - 4 hours ~
    5pm - 8:00pm
    Pricing: JUNE 1 - AUGUST 15
  • Adults 12 & up: US$ 60 per person donation
  • Children 11 - 5 years: US$ 35 per person donation
  • Children 4 & under: FREE
  • Total paid in cash/travel checks 48 hours prior to participation

    AUGUST 16 - SEPTEMBER 30
  • Adults 12 & up: US$ 55 per person donation
  • Children 11 - 5 years: US$ 25 per person donation
  • Children 4 & under: FREE
  • Total paid in cash/travel checks 48 hours prior to participation
  • Instructions: Dark clothing, sturdy shoes, insect repellent needed & 1 small flash light
    Restrictions:
  • Due to timeframes involved, this activity is only suitable for overnight/extended stay island visitors.

  • Cameras are allowed but photo opportunities are restricted to certain times during the activity.
  • More Information: All other information including designated meeting point, etc. will be conveyed in a confirmation email.

    NOTE: Requests are handled on first-come, first-serve basis by volunteers. Please allow 5-7 days for a response to register.



    Volunteers work hard but with rewards!

    Turtles eyes cry tears when out of the sea



    Personal Experiences
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    Thanks for a great website and facebook page. I can hardly wait to get back to my favorite island! Joey & Amy ~ USA

    Hello my name is Brent C. and I did the Turtle Observation & Release on June 27th. I can honestly not put into words how great and breathtaking the whole experience was! it has always been a dream of mine to watch turtles nest up close and personal but you guys topped that dream and did even better! I almost cried tears of joy when i found out I got to get up close and help remove the turtle eggs as she was laying them! I plan on becoming a marine biologist one day and this whole experience has pushed me farther into my passion for marine biology! I can not say thank you enough! Also cant forget the helpful crew of young men and women that helped us along the night and where ever so kind! Here is a picture of the green sea turtle I named April after she had laid her eggs! Thanks and God Bless Brent C ~ USA

    Hello Sherri ~ I met you back in 2001 (12 years ago!) when my husband and I along with another couple were involved in a wreck and you were behind us and helped us out as to our rights in the matter. A motorcycle ran into the side of us pretty bad if you recall. I believe you said you lived in Addison, Texas like us. I have booked a trip and will be in Cozumel next Tuesday. Any recommendation on vehicle rental you can suggest for me? LATER: My date and I had a blast in Cozumel. He loved the island. It was a very short trip. I am including a photo of us on the cruise. He would like to go back and stay for a few days at your place. Hope you are doing good, please keep in touch. C Bronstad ~ San Antonio, TX

    Thank you so much for all your help! We took you tour to Chitchen-Itza in june. We were the couple that missed the tour because we did not get the wake up call. Because you went the extra mile with us (by finding us a tour operator that would honor our voucher the next day) I am extremely greatful. it certainly made our vacation. I will DEFINITELY recommend your website COZUMELINSIDER to anybody who will listen. thanks again! F. Escobar ~ not given

    Hey ~ I just wanted to follow up and say what a great time we had swimming with the whale sharks. I also wanted to commend our tour guide Cesar. He was very knowledgeable of the people, the land, the culture, and the history. I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to tour Mexico.
    Thanks again for all of your help, Matt Brosh ~ Austin, Texas
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