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Cozumel Sea Turtle Observation & Baby Liberation with FP&M
Thousands of sea turtles (green and loggerhead) arrive to nest in Cozumel each year and there are at least two (2) 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 (2) 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 3 - 4 hours with a turtle brigade can do so during the sea turtle nesting season for a nominal donation per person from June 15 through November 15 annually.

NOTE: Requests are submitted to an approval process and are handled on first-come, first-serve basis. Please allow 2 - 4 days for a response.

Read more about Cozumel's Marine Turtle Protection Program




Activity Specifics

Name: Cozumel Sea Turtle Observation & Baby Liberation with FP&M
Provider: Cozumel Insider
Availability:
  • NOTE - ONLY afternoon hatchling releases are NOW AVAILABLE!

  • 2016 ~ Daily Turtle Brigade Outings
  • MAX Spaces: 15 persons
  • All spaces are by advance reservation

    NOTE: We provide this reservation service "Pro Bono" each year ~ 100% for the turtles. In 2012, COZUMELINSIDER helped raise over US $12,000, US $10,000 in 2013, US $19,000 in 2014 and US $24,000 in 2015 for this program using our reservation system. So please HELP US HELP THEM !! Reserve Here Now!! AND send us reservation referrals so we can continue this critical support of marine life conservation efforts on the island!
  • Includes: Transportation to the turtle nesting / work area
    All supplies required for participating, working nests & liberating baby turtles
    Water, Soft Drinks
    Granola Bar
    Program T-Shirt or Hat (Which one varies during season depending on availability)
    Total Time: JUNE 15 - AUGUST 15 - Turtle Spotting & Nest Marking ~ DAILY
    Approximately 3 hours ~
    9:00pm - 12:00am EST

    AUGUST 16 - OCTOBER 15 - Baby Turtle Liberation & Nest Checking ~ DAILY
    Approximately 3 hours ~
    4:30pm - 7:30pm EST
    Pricing: JUNE 15 - AUGUST 15 - Turtle Spotting & Nest Marking
  • Adults 12 & up: US$ 73 per person donation
  • Children 11 - 5 years: US$ 53 per person donation
  • Children 4 & under: FREE
  • Total paid in cash/travel checks 48 hours prior to participation

    AUGUST 15 - OCTOBER 15 - Baby Turtle Liberation & Nest Checking
  • Adults 12 & up: US$ 63 per person donation
  • Children 11 - 5 years: US$ 43 per person donation
  • Children 4 & under: FREE
  • Total paid in cash/travel checks 48 hours prior to participation
  • Instructions: Sturdy shoes, insect repellent needed & 1 small (key chain) 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


    Brigadista taking statistics marking turtle nest

    Baby turtles on their way to the sea!

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    Hello, I will visit the island next weekend. I just want to thank you and your staff who make this website, because IŽve been checking a lot of websites, even those Trip Advisor, and yours has been much more useful to plan this trip. Specially because it has links to official websites from local beaches, tips about prices and ways to get somewhere. Good job! IŽll write again to tell you about the experience. C. Quijano (Feb. 2015) ~ Mexico

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    A big THANK YOU to Sherri for introducing us to a wonderful private driver on the mainland and for arranging our excursion to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Akumal. We were so happy that we decided to finally venture off the island and go to the mainland to see the ruins. The driver Sherri arranged for us was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we saw things we wouldn't have even known about had we taken the car ferry and driven on our own. To anyone looking for a private tour of places on the mainland, we highly recommend asking Sherri to arrange it for you. It was well worth it!

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    Sherri, I did receive both email confirmations. Thank you again for your great customer support and service in getting these activities scheduled for me. I will recommend your site to all of my friends who visit the island. Thanks again!! A. Washburn ~ Not Given

    We just got back from Cozumel and the best thing we did was the Sea Turtle Release with FP&M. They were very educational and not just about the turtles. We were so excited to be able to hold the babies and set them free. Watching them bob their heads out of the water to breathe was quite a sight! Digging for them was enchanting, like finding buried treasure! Thanks to COZUMELINSIDER for helping us make this happen! Karen E. ~ Arroyo Grande, CA USA

    Thoroughly enjoyed my two nights of turtle liberation! I have a few jealous friends who are very keen! Do you know how I would go about doing additional turtle releases? Thanks again for all your help! C. Shepherd (October 2015) ~ Milton Keyes, Buck U.K.
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