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gtjason2000
08-24-2007, 10:46
What can I say my wife loves turtles. What dive site has the best liklihood of seeing turtles and if possible multiple turtles? Also what time of year, I imagine you might be able to see a lot of turtles when they swim back to lay eggs on the beach.

Osprey
08-24-2007, 11:10
What kind of turtles (if any) are your wife's favorites? Depending, you can probably google that turtle's species, it'll probably tell you when and where they nest and migrate through.

If you decide by nest, since they lay eggs in the evening, you can probably go out in the morning/afternoon off shore and watch them come and go, as long as you follow the rules that specific beach has about how close you can get to the mother turtles (I am not sure how this works internationally, any help?)

I think at SOME point they even allowed some people to come and view the turtles laying their eggs at night (with a specialist), but I am not sure WHERE that was, or if it's even still legal since it makes egg poaching extremely easy.

scubasavvy
08-24-2007, 12:01
My friends were just in Hawaii and said that they were all over the place. They would swim right up to the snorkelers, which was pretty cool. I agree with Osprey though, Google it before you do much of anything else...

georoc01
08-24-2007, 12:48
I've seen a turtle on viturally every dive in Cozumel and in the dive we did in Roatan.

And if I remember correctly, there is a turtle sanctuary and research facility in Grand Caymans where they let you go out on Turtle searches. If you find an untagged one, you get to name it.

Osprey
08-24-2007, 16:14
That's so cool!

Travelnsj
08-24-2007, 16:43
What can I say my wife loves turtles. What dive site has the best liklihood of seeing turtles and if possible multiple turtles? Also what time of year, I imagine you might be able to see a lot of turtles when they swim back to lay eggs on the beach.

Two places I have been to. Heron Island and Sipadan. Both places you can see them lay eggs and dive with them.

ScubaToys Larry
08-24-2007, 16:53
Actually, in Cayman it's the "Turtle Farm". While the rest of the world simply kills them in nets, Cayman harvests them for food. Now wait a minute before you get upset.

Grand Cayman became a popular stop for sailing ships hundreds of years ago because it had fresh water, and lot's of turtle meat you could get. And over the years - with hunting them, and taking away their nesting areas - the turtles were virtually non-existent in Cayman. Then they started their Turtle farm, and they incubate and raise thousands of turtles. They have tanks set up with everything from very small - to huge turtles.

Then they do massive releases of turtles a few times a year. So they raise many more than they harvest. Because of that, there are now turtles everywhere down there. We always see them when diving Cayman.

Be careful as they do sell turtle products there - shells, meat, etc - but it is an endangered species in the US and a big fine for having any turtle products - so don't get any and bring it to the US. But they do serve turtle soup, turtle meat, etc at the local restaurants.

Osprey
08-24-2007, 19:36
Didn't something very similar happen in Hawaii a very few decades ago? Only they don't make farms.. they made killing them punishable by death among the natives...

Interesting, hmm

Travelnsj
08-24-2007, 20:30
Well if they did in Hawaii Hmmm....I was just in Kona....I saw one here and maybe one there.....not many Turtles around on the dive sites....Sipadan...they were everywhere also Heron had a good amount.

lucidblue
08-24-2007, 20:49
I love turtles too. We saw a few in Cozumel and were able to get up pretty close. When I went to Hawaii (before I was a diver), turtles swam close to the whore every day at 3pm right outside our hotel.

ertechsg
08-24-2007, 21:13
I love turtles too. We saw a few in Cozumel and were able to get up pretty close. When I went to Hawaii (before I was a diver), turtles swam close to the whore every day at 3pm right outside our hotel.
Is that how you tell who she is?:smiley36::smilie39:

Phestr
08-24-2007, 21:42
I love turtles too. We saw a few in Cozumel and were able to get up pretty close. When I went to Hawaii (before I was a diver), turtles swam close to the whore every day at 3pm right outside our hotel.
Is that how you tell who she is?:smiley36::smilie39:

Oh my Lord, that is the funniest typo ever!

Anyway, on the east side of Hawaii (the big island) we found a warm spring pool with about 20. We were snorkeling at the time. They are so cool!

Cichlid
08-24-2007, 21:49
I love turtles too. We saw a few in Cozumel and were able to get up pretty close. When I went to Hawaii (before I was a diver), turtles swam close to the whore every day at 3pm right outside our hotel.

I think lucidblue should win the lights for this month's prize! :smilie39::smilie39:


Oh yeah. In Maui my wife and I saw them while snorkeling. You could swim right up to them, but it is against the law to touch them. Didn't see any whores though, well not in the water anyways.

BuzzGA
08-24-2007, 21:54
We saw turtles on 3 out of 4 dives in Oahu. They were pretty tolerant of divers and would usually sit for a picture or two before swimming off

lucidblue
08-24-2007, 22:02
I love turtles too. We saw a few in Cozumel and were able to get up pretty close. When I went to Hawaii (before I was a diver), turtles swam close to the whore every day at 3pm right outside our hotel.
Is that how you tell who she is?:smiley36::smilie39:

oops hahahah :biggrinangelA:. Definitely a funny typo.

I do like Cichlid's idea of winning the lights :smiley2:.

3rdEye
08-24-2007, 22:16
bahahaha...I'm telling Vicky

lucidblue
08-24-2007, 22:19
bahahaha...I'm telling Vicky

lol. I bet she'd think it was funnier if I was referring to Lori.

chinacat46
08-24-2007, 22:44
I saw a lot of turtles at Wolf Island in the Galapagos not as many as the hammerheads but quite a lot of them. Also did a turtle cleaning station of Kona where there were multiple turtles. Another place I saw quite a few were in Bunaken Marine Park outside of Manado, Indonesia. I've also heard Sipadan is another place as TravelnSJ said.

Krakenn
08-24-2007, 23:30
Can I tell you a sad story about Turtles

When I worked up in the North of our State I was based in a mining town called Port Hedland.

We used to fish every weekend and I had 2 boats at the time one was a V nose punt HD (Bass Boat) and the other was a larger vessel.

We used to always see the turtles when we were out in the big boat and in fact over a period of 6 years I accidently caught 2 on lines as they are so inquisitive they would sometimes get too close to the baits and get hooked up in the flipper. I just unhooked them and away they would go.

The sad side to the story was the effect the tides would have on them and the tremendous heat in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.

As there were 8metres tides and the tides would change twice a day we would make trips into the Mangroves to fish. Then when the water ran out from under the boat we would get out and walk for Mud-crabs which is a large angry crab that has claws stong enough to snap the top off of a glass bottle.

We would be in mud up to our knees looking for the holes then pulling the crabs out with wire poles. While we were doing this we would often come across poor old turtles that left their run for the ocean on the outgoing tide too late and were left lying there on the mud in 45 degree celcius heat just cooking in there own juices. It was always sad to see. If we saw the little ones we would interfere with natures plan and carry them back to a small water hole or under the shade of a tree with a small pool of water.

So if you want the up close and personal approach with turtles the tidal creeks of Australia's north are the go.

Ill save the bit about how I lived on the beach and the turtles would lay their eggs in front of the house and for you purists out there I would again interfere and when the eggs hatched I would run down with the family and get them into the water before the gulls ate them.

I won't tell you about the Tiger Sharks and whalers as I wasnt that pure.

Kraks

Travelnsj
08-25-2007, 00:38
Good story Krakenn....I have seen pics and video clips of employees at Heron Island with brooms on the Helo pad sweeping away the baby Turtles when a helicopter was landing. I was always there in November/December when the Turtles were laying eggs.....I missed the hatching.

3rdEye
08-25-2007, 00:48
Good story Krakenn....I have seen pics and video clips of employees at Heron Island with brooms on the Helo pad sweeping away the baby Turtles when a helicopter was landing. I was always there in November/December when the Turtles were laying eggs.....I missed the hatching.


thats horrible :smiley6:


poor turtles

Travelnsj
08-25-2007, 01:02
Good story Krakenn....I have seen pics and video clips of employees at Heron Island with brooms on the Helo pad sweeping away the baby Turtles when a helicopter was landing. I was always there in November/December when the Turtles were laying eggs.....I missed the hatching.


thats horrible :smiley6:


poor turtles

What? you would rather see the Helicopter landing on them:smiley29:.....verses being pushed off the pad with a broom?....Hmmmm

3rdEye
08-25-2007, 01:07
Good story Krakenn....I have seen pics and video clips of employees at Heron Island with brooms on the Helo pad sweeping away the baby Turtles when a helicopter was landing. I was always there in November/December when the Turtles were laying eggs.....I missed the hatching.


thats horrible :smiley6:


poor turtles

What? you would rather see the Helicopter landing on them:smiley29:.....verses being pushed off the pad with a broom?....Hmmmm


well no.....but i feel bad for all the poor little turtles being swept around

Travelnsj
08-25-2007, 01:13
From the the pics and the people I talked to who did the sweeping....it was done very gently....no babies were hurt:smiley20:....but the birds were all over the place.

3rdEye
08-25-2007, 01:19
From the the pics and the people I talked to who did the sweeping....it was done very gently....no babies were hurt:smiley20:....but the birds were all over the place.


eating turtles? :smiley13:

picxie
08-25-2007, 02:19
Actually, in Cayman it's the "Turtle Farm". While the rest of the world simply kills them in nets, Cayman harvests them for food. Now wait a minute before you get upset.

Grand Cayman became a popular stop for sailing ships hundreds of years ago because it had fresh water, and lot's of turtle meat you could get. And over the years - with hunting them, and taking away their nesting areas - the turtles were virtually non-existent in Cayman. Then they started their Turtle farm, and they incubate and raise thousands of turtles. They have tanks set up with everything from very small - to huge turtles.

Then they do massive releases of turtles a few times a year. So they raise many more than they harvest. Because of that, there are now turtles everywhere down there. We always see them when diving Cayman.

Be careful as they do sell turtle products there - shells, meat, etc - but it is an endangered species in the US and a big fine for having any turtle products - so don't get any and bring it to the US. But they do serve turtle soup, turtle meat, etc at the local restaurants.

I have a friend who lives in the Cayman Islands now. She went to this farm and she said you pay to release (rescue?) a turtle. She said it's very neat but also very sad know that most of them left behind will end up on the table.

I love turtles. I really have a thing for them. I could do a dive and see nothing but turtles and I'd be in my element.

I've seen turtles on a couple of dives - once in Tahiti, and then again off the Gold Coast in Australia (Cook Island I think). In the Aussie dive there were heaps, you'd look and see a big rock and then when you got up close you'd realise it was actually a turtle. Then you'd turn around and there'd be another one. Very cool.

Krakenn, good for you. I'd do exactly the same thing. Although in saying that I would do the same thing for any animal, not just a turtle.

I would love to go somewhere and watch a turtle come to shore and lay eggs. However I would also put some thought into it before hand - do I really want to be present, with a bunch of tourists and lights, while a creature is trying to do something as precious as that? How would my being there add to her stress? It would be a wonderful thing to see, but I'm not sure I would pay to see it.

diversteve
08-25-2007, 02:27
Hawaii.

I've seen Turtles every trip to Maui. There's a dive site called Turtle Town. Also they've started living on the St Anthony wreck so that's practically guaranteed.
There were also some big Turtles (Loggerheads?) at Sheraton Caverns off Kauai. But I haven't been there in some years so that may have changed.

Grand Cayman up by the Turtle Farm is also almost a guarantee. Try the Turtle Reef shore dive site. I also saw a couple at Big Tunnels. For $250/turtle your wife can release one from the Turtle Farm. You can snorkel with it for awhile also after the release.

Other places I've seen turtles: Jerry's Reef off Klein Bonaire, Varsenbaai on Curacao, Two dive sites in the BVI's - one might've been Chimney, don't recall the other - also there's turtles that live in the bay off the Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda. Every time we went in there on the DiveBVI diveboat you'd see them diving for the bottom. Snorkel only though.

My choice for the best chance to see turtles would be Maui.

JugglingMonkeys
08-25-2007, 05:50
I've seen turtles on a couple of dives - once in Tahiti, and then again off the Gold Coast in Australia (Cook Island I think).

how was your dive to Cook Island? I'm thinking of going there early next year.

gtjason2000
08-25-2007, 08:10
Now this was in a fiction book but it has scared me off petting turtles. Some guys wife died after petting a turtle because turtles eat jellyfish and the turtle was covered in jellyfish stingers. I think it may have been a Dirk Pitt novel.

Travelnsj
08-25-2007, 08:41
Picxie...I looked at a trip to Raine Island in the northen part of the GBR....I understand certain times of the year you can see the migration of Turtles from a Helicopter.

Travelnsj
08-25-2007, 08:43
From the the pics and the people I talked to who did the sweeping....it was done very gently....no babies were hurt:smiley20:....but the birds were all over the place.


eating turtles? :smiley13:

I'm sure that is what they dine on:smiley5:...they gotta eat too.

Zenagirl
08-25-2007, 13:26
We dive Maui every year and always see lots of turtles. Typically they are Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, but we also see Hawksbill turtles. However I have to admit that FEELING whale song vibrate through your body is the coolest thing.

meesier42
08-25-2007, 13:31
Oahu, I don't think I did a single dive out there (~400) that I didn't see a turtle. Many of them had names ie. Tripod (missing leg)


Just don't touch them, approach them, follow them etc. as they are protected and anything considered harrassing the turtles will get you a ticket. If they come to you, fine, but leave them be while they are there. Some of the operators will tell you to push off their bellies to seperate you from them, but I have only had one approach me that close and I just let him be and about 10 seconds later he left on his own.

georoc01
08-25-2007, 16:26
From the the pics and the people I talked to who did the sweeping....it was done very gently....no babies were hurt:smiley20:....but the birds were all over the place.


eating turtles? :smiley13:

I'm sure that is what they dine on:smiley5:...they gotta eat too.

Welcome to the food chain. YOu should try living somewhere when you are wake up at night to the sounds of mountain lions grinding on the bones of bambi.

porsche060
08-25-2007, 16:41
What about dolphins?



What can I say my wife loves turtles. What dive site has the best liklihood of seeing turtles and if possible multiple turtles? Also what time of year, I imagine you might be able to see a lot of turtles when they swim back to lay eggs on the beach.

porsche060
08-25-2007, 16:41
Oahu, I don't think I did a single dive out there (~400) that I didn't see a turtle. Many of them had names ie. Tripod (missing leg)


Just don't touch them, approach them, follow them etc. as they are protected and anything considered harrassing the turtles will get you a ticket. If they come to you, fine, but leave them be while they are there. Some of the operators will tell you to push off their bellies to seperate you from them, but I have only had one approach me that close and I just let him be and about 10 seconds later he left on his own.


Dont turtles have salmonella too?

quarrydiver
08-25-2007, 21:45
i've seen turtles on every Blackbeard's trip down in the Bahamas. Last trip there were tons of em, around the boat and underwater.

eyezz
08-25-2007, 22:43
Turtles have been nesting since May down South . I see turtels most shore dives. I was fly fishing on the beach two days ago and I saw 6 baby Loggerhead turtels, They were tring to reach the water it was breath taking, Unreal. They all made it safe to the water.

cgvmer
08-25-2007, 22:44
I saw turtles in St Thomas.

Travelnsj
08-26-2007, 00:02
One other spot I saw one or more on just about every dive was in Ft. Lauderdale and West palm Beach.

Krakenn
08-26-2007, 08:10
Dolphins = Monkey Mia Beach in Shark Bay Western Australia

Here is a link for you with interactive video

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/site/awdep.asp?depnum=11632&menu=HOME

Kraks

gtjason2000
08-26-2007, 08:14
Dont turtles have salmonella too?

I heard that was a problem with pet turtles. They were small enough for kids to put in their mouth. And kids being kids couldn't resist putting their pet turtles in their mouth. So now they only sell pet turtles that are too big for kids mouths. Could be an urban legend though.

porsche060
08-26-2007, 08:50
I used to see dollar turtles in China Town (NYC) but they are illegal here..

Kids would put them in their mouth and they had salmonella so NY (the Nanny State)banned them,

Travelnsj
08-26-2007, 11:21
Dolphins = Monkey Mia Beach in Shark Bay Western Australia

Here is a link for you with interactive video

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/site/awdep.asp?depnum=11632&menu=HOME

Kraks

Looks like a natural dolphin interaction.....when I was in Kona recently I saw these boats chase dolphins and put snorkelers in the water with them...to me that is harassing the Dolphins.

allison finch
08-29-2007, 21:27
Absolutely SIPIDAN!! You will see so many turtles you will get bored of them. You will push them out of your way to see other things. It's true!

georoc01
08-29-2007, 21:29
Dolphins = Monkey Mia Beach in Shark Bay Western Australia

Here is a link for you with interactive video

http://www.monkeymia.com.au/site/awdep.asp?depnum=11632&menu=HOME

Kraks

Looks like a natural dolphin interaction.....when I was in Kona recently I saw these boats chase dolphins and put snorkelers in the water with them...to me that is harassing the Dolphins.

My sister did that in Hawaii. The boat left the shore before dawn so they could drop the snorkelers in the water with them while they were at rest.

How would you like having a bunch of people dropped in around you while you were sleeping?

Travelnsj
08-29-2007, 22:23
There are laws in Hawaii about harassing the Dolphins but these operators say they are part of a research group or the Dolphins come to them...In Kona there is very lax enforcement of the laws....Now back to Turtles

Capt Hook
08-29-2007, 23:31
Off WPB is usually good for turtles.

GordoninNM
08-30-2007, 01:21
West Maui..

Lots of turtles in the "turtle town" area off Kihei, dive is usually combined on a two-tanker with the Molkini marine preserve. I've got a photo of a green turtle inside the pilothouse of the wreck of the St. Anthony. It almost looks like he's driving the boat. But by far the most we have encountered are around the "Black Rock" site, a shore dive on Kaanapali beach. Lots of turtles there pretty much all the time, and very accessible which is a plus if there are any casual snorkelers in your party. Right below the Sheraton hotel (a great place to stay as well but not cheap).

Pretty much all of west Maui is excellent turtle territory. I have dived the Caymans a couple of trips, and although there are definitely plenty of turtles there, we have encountered many more turtles on Maui.

Good diving,

Gordo

ScubaGir1
08-30-2007, 02:55
I saw tons of turtles in Maui and Cozumel :)

While I was in Cozumel, I saw turtles every single time I went diving.

When my boyfriend was on a family trip, they stopped in Zihuatanejo, Mexico (they were on a cruise) and they were able to do this "release the baby turtles" thing. There was a turtle sanctuary, and they helped keep the turtle eggs safe. Then, they released the hatched babies into the waters. I saw a video clip of it, omg, so amazing how fast those little babies can run! :)

Aussie
08-30-2007, 04:53
I have been told Sipidan has heaps and heaps of turtles. I dived yesterday (home, Australia) and we had 10 in one spot. Green, Loggerhead, and one Hawksbill. Thats all types we get in my area. I did see a Leatherback once. It was huge.

Its hard to beat home on a good day.

Krakenn
08-30-2007, 05:34
yeah Aussie, they prolly think Kangaroos are cute to

Kraks

Aussie
08-30-2007, 05:50
yeah Aussie, they prolly think Kangaroos are cute to

Kraks

Especially when you hit them with a bullbar doing 100.

Aussie

gtjason2000
08-30-2007, 07:24
It would be cool to see a full sized leatherback. I think they can be 6' long and weigh 1 ton!

Aussie
08-30-2007, 07:30
The one I saw was more than 6 foot......bloody huge.

DevilDiver
08-30-2007, 08:03
My vote goes to Hawaii. Especialy Kawai..... I have counted 30 + one one dive. These are large adults, its like a retirment village for turtles.

If i remember you wanted to take your wife........Dude, It's Hawaii, you might get lucky.(And see turtles as well)

FYI- There is a turtlre hospital located in Marathon Florida. It is the only one I know of in the states maybe the world. Check it out, this is the real deal not a corporate front for tourist.

http://www.turtlehospital.org/
http://www.turtlehospital.org/images/logo1.jpg

Brickhead
10-03-2007, 11:17
Kapoho Hawaii on the big island - you can rent a house where you have your own giant protected endangered turtle in your own private pond to feed everyday - see http://www.lagoonhouse.com/lagoon.html or
http://www.apoparadise.com/lagoon.html apoparadise.com has several homes but the lagoon one is the best. Built on to lava rock tide pools with heated water ponds - a truly amazing piece of old Hawaii never to be seen anywhere else. Arthurina see her http://www.lagoonhouse.com/slideshow20.html
Go to Hawaii anytime there will always be Turtles in Kapoho

Cayman Sands http://www.caymansands.com - go in June the great sea turtles nest on the beach next door in late May and June - book the house and you will likely see a nest or a turtle if you stay up late watching. The turtle farm is also a great place to see turtles. If you dive you will definitely see them on every dive - just look over the edge.

I have always seen turtles on dives in Cozumel in particular on San Francisco reef - just not up close.

PrichDave
10-03-2007, 11:24
Go to the Big Island of Hawaii. They have regular turtle cleaning stations where you can see lots of turtles dozing.
David

Tableleg
10-03-2007, 12:46
Aren't there turtles that lay eggs along the Tx Coast in the Gulf? Has anyone been diving in the Gulf when the turtles are around?

BobArnold8265
10-03-2007, 12:50
I was just in Bonaire and we saw 5 turtles. They're pretty common in Bonaire anytime of the year.

SYOTABUCS
10-03-2007, 20:54
We saw 15 on one dive in Cozumel. Actually over toward the mainland (the Tortugas Dive) 100's of tarpons as well. A very swift drift dive. It was awesome.

bversteegh
10-27-2007, 23:57
Hawaii - both big island and Maui. Sipadan in Malaysia is loaded - but a little more challenging to get to (but way better diving than Hawaii):smiley20:

maggs_the
10-28-2007, 15:59
Oahu!!

I've seen turtles in Cozumel and they're cute and SMALL

i've seen a few in the Texas Flower Gardens that were big.. nibbling on the legs of an oil platform and swimming by us as if daring us to pet it (it's illegal to "harass" them but they can obviously tease you!!)

but off Oahu.. oh man.. every dive we saw turtles and these things were HUGE! amazing.. a couple of them actually a little scary. i had no idea they could get that big!

scubarealtor
10-28-2007, 19:41
i saw quite a few in cozumel

rach
10-28-2007, 22:52
i just went to oahu last month and saw them on every dive, as well as several each day up on the beach to rest...they're all but guaranteed!

also, if you visit montserrat in the july-august months you're likely to find them on the beach laying their eggs--HUGE green turtles...but you have to be willing to stay up 'till midnight...SO worth it!

Charlotte Smith
10-28-2007, 23:11
I've seen a turtle on viturally every dive in Cozumel and in the dive we did in Roatan.

And if I remember correctly, there is a turtle sanctuary and research facility in Grand Caymans where they let you go out on Turtle searches. If you find an untagged one, you get to name it.
putting that on my trip list....sounds fun and I want to NAME ONE!!!!

kayak32
11-04-2007, 23:51
In Playa at the Tortugas dive site we saw in excess of 70 on a single dive. We even had one shoot down right between us on our safety stop.

In Hawaii we saw turtles almost every dive. In Maui there were quite a few. Off Oahu we saw the most when diving the northshore. We did a shore dive at three tables and saw numerous turtles. There is supposed to be a cleaning station straight out if you enter to the left when facing the ocean. We did not find this but that was okay because we saw plenty without finding the cleaning station. (Would not recommend considering this dive during the winter)

Klein Bonaire is another option. The turtles nest here. If you do a little research you can find out when season is. I think it is June-July but not sure about that.

moodymermaid
11-09-2007, 13:23
Saw several in St. Lucia this summer.
So often it's just a matter of luck, though.

If you're not only into seeing them underwater, I had an amazing trip a few years back to Tortuguero in Costa Rica. During the summer months you can actually watch the green turtles come up onto shore to lay their eggs at night. Late summer / early fall lucky people get to see the little guys flippering madly to the sea.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite places on earth. That said, if you want to do some diving you can head over to the Pacific side and there's some good diving - oh, and turtles too. 3 kinds of sea turtles are in those waters and I've seen quite a few.

TRACI
11-09-2007, 14:16
I have seen turtles alot in Cozumel, saw some pretty big ones in Playa too

jwagner
11-09-2007, 19:46
I saw a lot in Cozumel too, come to think of it I saw TRACI alot in Cozumel too.........

Scubakraut
11-12-2007, 21:00
closest place is Cozumel or Playa del Carmen

DiverBoy100
11-16-2007, 17:15
Kona out in hawaii and st. croix down in the carr. i see and saw turtles on every dive

From_Arizona
11-23-2007, 16:45
We are headed to Barbados and the Grenadine Islands in a few weeks, from what I understand we will be able toi see turtles in the water off of Barbados. Some of the hotels in Barbados have planted native grass and reduced the beach lighting to encourage egg laying, etc in the area. I hope this is true!

I did see a couple of loggerhead turtles in Mahual, close to Costa Maya cruise port, Mexico. Also one during a dive in Belize off Turneff Cayes.

They are so graceful and majestic under water!

akbpilot
12-01-2007, 17:32
What can I say my wife loves turtles. What dive site has the best liklihood of seeing turtles and if possible multiple turtles? Also what time of year, I imagine you might be able to see a lot of turtles when they swim back to lay eggs on the beach.

Akumal,Quintana Roo, Mexico. Year Round

boates
12-02-2007, 09:28
We've seen lots of turtles, almost every dive at Curacao, 3-4x;s a week at Bonaire, and regularly at Roatan.
Cocoview Resort has a turtle program, where they collect eggs, hatch them out on their property, and hold some in the lagoon area till big enough to be released.

They (turtles) really are great. Just remember, wherever you go, make sure you look away from the walls, and scan everywhere, or you'll have a hard time spotting them. I've sen them swim right over divers, completely unseen by them......Hmmmmmmmmmm maybe me too!

Just my 2 cents, hope this helps

ScubaJW
12-02-2007, 22:55
Wild side of Bonaire! I never saw so many turtles at once and they were massive! I probably saw 10 turtles in one dive!

Mighty Borris
12-05-2007, 18:25
We did several two tank dives in October in Playa de Carmen. We got to see turtles on every dive. Maybe that is why it is Tortuga Reef? :-) We also got to see large Stingrays.

Xcarete is a nice nature park there out side Playa de Carmen going towards Telum. They have a turtle program in there too with a release program as well.

jugglematt
12-09-2007, 04:08
the most turtles i have ever seen is in Sipidan Malaysia .
we saw many turtles on every dive / turtles mating , also very good macro critters , nice reef , sharks ,big schools of hump head wrass, jacks , pygme seahorse ect ect

LRDWILDER
12-11-2007, 21:20
In Curacao there is an aquarium that you can dive with and feed turtles that are in captivity through a large plexi glass barrier with small holes in it....If your really into turtles they probably have 50 or so?