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Sea Turtle Camp in Todos Santos

July 7, 2013 by

Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchling

Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchling

Looking for an eco-friendly trip this summer? Plan a visit to Todos Santos late in summer to take part in Sea Turtle Camp in late August or September.

This is a perfect getaway for animal and nature lovers who want to make a difference. You not only get to enjoy a gorgeous setting, but volunteers also have the opportunity to help Olive Rildey baby turtles survive.

Nesting female turtle

Nesting female

Sea Turtle Camp

Sea Turtle Camp is a permanent facility in Todos Santos. It monitors turtle nests along the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur year round. Biologists live there for 5 months of the year during nesting season.

Sea Turtle Camp gives volunteers the opportunity to join those biologists for 12 nights – 6 nights in August, and 6 nights in September.

The 2013 Turtle Camp dates include:

  • August 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
  • September 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25

The dates chosen are around the time of the full moon which optimizes opportunities for viewing female sea turtles as they crawl out of the ocean and onto the beach.

The 100-pound Olive Rildey sea turtles are driven by instinct to nest within the rolling dunes along the beach. Each female lays between 90-120 eggs that look much like ping-pong balls. Once the eggs are laid, the turtle returns to the water and the eggs are left to hatch on their own.

Volunteers help combat declining populations by helping biologists collect turtle eggs to be relocated in a protective nursery. They will also have the opportunity to witness hatchlings bubbling from mature nests and help make sure the hatchlings find their way to the sea.

Turtle returning to sea

Dates are set around the full moon.

Facilities at the Camp

The main building at the Sea Turtle Camp is a simple structure equipped with a basic kitchen, in-door dining facilities and restrooms. Volunteers stay in a well-maintained camping area. Safari style tents, cots, and food are provided by the camp.

Book Your Space Now

If Sea Turtle Camp sounds like something you’d like to do, contact them now because space is extremely limited. Volunteers are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $125 a person based on double occupancy.

Photo credits: kumarave, tosea.net

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  1. Penny W. says:

    This would be a charming and unique way to spend some down time. Who doesn’t love baby turtles?!


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