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ECO TOURISM PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Family eco tourism

Introduction

The goal of the eco tourism program is for you to "Be inspired by turtles in the wild" to live life more harmoniously with the natural environment. Sea turtles have existed on our planet for over 150 million years since the dinosaur age, which means they've been around much longer than humans! 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs went extinct but the turtles survived - adapting to various environmental conditions and habitats. You can witness their miraculous ability to adapt and live in different habitats by visiting them in rivers, oceans, and beaches of Hawaii. Sea Turtles 911 partners with tour operators in Hawaii to offer this unique program to experience the magnificence of these ancient animals in their natural habitats. While you travel around the island of Oahu, Hawaii, to see turtles in the wild, our volunteers educate you on the conservation biology and research of sea turtles and share historical and cultural stories of human interactions with turtles.
Hawaii tour of sea turtle on beach

Beach Habitat

Beaches are where baby sea turtles are born as mother sea turtles everywhere lay their eggs in the beach sand. However, since the beaches in Hawaii are so special, sea turtles also haul up on the beach sand to simply bask in the sun, soaking up the rays much like people getting a suntan! Marine turtles display this unique behavior only in Hawaii, Australia, and the Galapagos islands, but scientists report that sea turtles may stop basking on beaches soon due to global warming, so don't miss your chance to witness this natural phenomenon while you're in Hawaii!

Volunteers lead you to different beaches to watch sea turtles and discuss the importance of beach ecosystems and conservation strategies to preserve our beaches. According to national surveys, not all of Hawaii's beaches are as pristine and clean as some are surprisingly covered in plastic pollution. Volunteers pick up any trash found on the beaches so they don't end up into our ocean where sea turtles accidentally eat them and get seriously sick! Did you know that more than half the world's sea turtles have eaten plastic? While on your turtle tour, feel free to volunteer for a quick beach clean-up to save the turtles! Trash collection equipment and supplies are provided.
Family tourist volunteer to help sea turtle
Ocean Habitat

Aside from laying eggs or basking on the beach, which is a rare phenomenon that occurs on a few islands in the world including Hawaii, sea turtles spend all of their time underwater in the ocean. These ancient marine reptiles are expert navigators with an internal magnetic compass which allows them to migrate thousands of miles between familiar nesting beaches and feeding grounds in the vast ocean. The sea turtles' loyalty toward special areas in the ocean where they settle down under reefs and rocks to make their "home", allow you to see turtles in the open ocean. To arrive at their oceanic home, you will travel by boat for about 15 minutes. Once there, you can watch the turtles swimming around the boat, popping their heads out of the water surface to breathe. If you're a good swimmer, you can also snorkel or scuba dive (if certified) to get a more personal encounter with the turtles! Snorkel and scuba gear equipment are provided.
Yao Ming releases sea turtle with Frederick Yeh

Yao Ming and his family release sea turtle
While on vacation in 2014, Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming and his family released turtles back to nature with Sea Turtles 911.
River Habitat

Before the end of your program, you will make a lasting impact for future generations by putting natural resources back to our environment. You will help in the release of a rescued sea turtle back into its ocean home. For those few seconds as you watch the turtle swimming away into the ocean horizon - free at last - you will have witnessed the few remaining sea turtles in the wild. Some of our past travelers who have released sea turtles include:
Sea turtle presentation at hotel conference meeting
Partnership Support

The program begins at Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, or Sheraton hotel resorts. If you do not wish to worry about transportation to the program site, special rates may be available. Please contact us if you are looking for accomodations.
Saving baby sea turtle hatchlings
How to Reserve

If you are looking to experience China through an eco-friendly voluntourism adventure, our ecotourism program is for you. To register, complete the Program Registration Form. Please indicate which location you are interested in: Hawaii, China, or both (Fly to China with Hawaii Stopover).

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