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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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Brigadista taking statistics marking turtle nest

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    We cannot begin to express our thanks to Sherri and the staff at IslaMar Villas for our wonderful 11-night stay. This was our third time staying at IslaMar Villas and for us it's the only place to stay in Cozumel. It has truly become our home away from home. We love the apartments, the courtyard and pool, and the warm and friendly neighborhood.

    We also used "COZUMELINSIDER" to book our car rental with Avis. It went very smoothly and you guys also helped us trade in our little Chevy Pop for something a little bigger.

    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!

    Thank you again, Sherri! Your kindness and warm hospitality makes us choose IslaMar Villas and your services over and over again. R & M Browning ~ Superior, CO

    Received your info and thank you for your prompt response! Telling friends and family about your services straight away! S. Beemer (March 2016) ~ Charlotte, NC USA

    Hi Sherri,
    Fantastic time on Thursday night with the Sea Turtle Release with FP&M. We were very lucky. We dug up a nest but unfortunately the eggs were not quite ready, but the next nest had a few stragglers that needed to be released so my daughter had a chance to send one turtle off to sea. We also watched a huge green turtle make a hole, lay her eggs, cover her eggs and crawl back to see. It was a fantastic experience under the full moon with the cool breeze blowing off the ocean. We will never forget it.
    Thanks again, S. Bullard (2016) ~ Ontario Canada

    Sherri ~ WOW!!! We just returned from our cruise! What a wonderful time we had!! Your bookings for our Dolphin snorkel adventure and Sea Trek were the highlight of the cruise. They were easy and saved us about half the cost of booking through the cruise line. We simply hopped into a cab and spent the day at the Park (we could have spent a week there.) They were even able to work us into the Sea Trek early. All the people were friendly, helpful and overall just treated us great. While we were standing around waiting a short little man came up and ask if we wanted a snorkel tour. I instantly remembered what you had said and looked at his name tag. It was Mario! His tour was fantastic! If you see him ask him if he remembers Señor Ed and his family (he never caught that my name was Ted, but that’s okay!) I had a waterproof digital camera and he snapped lots of pictures of us. We had a wonderful time and much of it was thanks to you, your website and staff!

    I know you probably get lots of pictures but I had to send you three. Look at the smiles on my boy’s faces. That says it all! Thank you so much for all your help and advice. We can’t wait to return. Your website is the first place we will stop! I wish we could have met in person. We will next time! T. Mahler Family ~ Howe ,TX

    Just wanted to sayThank You for your webcam. We Love Cozumel and miss it so much. It is nice to be able to look at the webcam every day and see what is happening and the beautiful water. Your website has also been very helpful when planning our trips. Keep up the good work. amy ~ southern Utah
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