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Sea Turtles 911

For your next vacation, go on a holiday trip to make a difference...

  • Mass turtle poaching from ocean

  • Boats transport poached turtles

  • Stuffed in sacks for sale at harbor

  • Packaged in boxes to be shipped

  • Sold as food in restaurants

  • Shells processed into bracelets

  • Assorted turtle shell products

  • Preserved turtle as wall mount

  • Products sold at open street stalls

  • Sold in display counters at malls


Family eco tourism


If you're looking for a more meaningful vacation, this eco tourism program offers you an educational experience with a chance to make a difference while you travel! Our coordinators educate you on the conservation of sea turtles, so you can volunteer to help raise awareness to save sea turtles, and release an endangered sea turtle back to the ocean, in order to make a lasting impact before you leave. The program is designed for individuals or groups, and takes place at the Sea Turtle Shelter at the Ritz Carlton Sanya, along the most pristine beach of Hainan island - Yalong Bay.
Family tourist volunteer to help sea turtle
Education on Sea Turtle Conservation

Our guides lead you in a tour of the Sea Turtle Shelter, where you meet some of our sea turtle patients awaiting for release. You will learn about the unique biology and conservation of sea turtles, including research we are currently working on in China to try to save them. With new knowledge, you will then be able to help us teach and raise awareness on sea turtle conservation.
Eco tourist helps sea turtle

Volunteer to help Sea Turtles

Volunteer alongside with Sea Turtles 911 staff as they do volunteer work with sea turtles on Hainan Island, China. Volunteers in our program get hands-on experience working with one of the most ancient and amazing creatures alive today: sea turtles! Volunteers will share responsibilities, which can range from feeding sea turtles, tabling to raise public awareness, cleaning up beaches, and helping with medical treatments of injured sea turtles. Volunteers will also get the opportunity to work with children, students, and adults in community-outreach and education programs to build awareness about the importance of sea turtle conservation in China.
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.
Release of Sea Turtle

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:
Interns tubefeeding sea turtle
Visa to China

China requires all travelers to obtain a visa for entry into the People's Republic of China. Visas can be obtained in person at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in your area. If it is not convenient for you to visit the Chinese Embassy or Consulate, travel and visa agencies can help you handle the visa process for a fee. Apply for a tourist visa with a maximum stay longer than the time you intend on touring with us.
Sea turtle presentation at hotel conference meeting
Lodging at Partnered Hotels

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.
Volunteer eco tour guide at sea turtle beach in Hawaii
Getting to Hainan Island

We are glad to help organize travel if needed. The best way to participate in this program is by flying into Sanya city (airport code: SYX), Hainan Island, from any major Chinese city, including Hong Kong.
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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