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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
Availability:
  • 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
    Restrictions:
  • 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
    Volunteers work hard but with rewards!

    Personal Experiences
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    Sherri...thank you again so very much for your fantastic website and for your excellent stories on life in Cozumel. We fellow Texans that are not fortunate enough to actually live there are able to do it through you and we are all extremely grateful...and incredibly envious! Having been an airline employee until retirement I have been lucky to have been down island over 20 times and it NEVER gets old. I thought I knew all about Cozumel, but was delighted to learn of new things and places through you and your website. Your current posting of how you came to Cozumel was so cool. You really need to work on that book! Congrats on this milestone, and continued luck and success in all you do. See you in September for our annual trip down for my birthday and Mexican Independence Day. M. Goodwin ~ Dallas, Texas

    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

    Thanks for such great attention to helping the process. I was struggling with feeling confident in ordering on Thrifty, Budget, Dollar or Avis web sites for Cozumel. Your site provide clarity in understanding the piers and providing confidence in how to pick-up the car at the location we would most likely be docking. Thank you for that. I look forward to having transportation near at hand for myself and my parents. R. Taylor (December 2015) ~ Laguna Niguel, CA USA

    I just wanted to let you know that my family and I enjoyed the Cozumel Marine Turtle Observation opportunity immensely. The experience was everything wed hoped it would be and more. It was truly magical watching green and loggerhead turtles coming in from the sea, digging holes, and laying their eggs. We will never forget this experience. Thank you Martin so much for your help in arranging it for us. R. Ashton (July 2015) ~ Bethesda, MD USA

    Just wanted to thank COZUMELINSIDER for getting us booked for our activities while we were in Cozumel. The dolphin swim was fantastic! I'd do it again in a minute. We didn't get to do the SNUBA diving ..... we ended up doing the Helmet dive instead for the same price. We plan on visiting Cozumel again possibly next year and will be contacting you to book some excursions prior to our vacation. We saved a significant amount of money booking the excursions through COZUMELINSIDER instead of the cruise line. Thanks again! S.Forgette and G Wichtowski ~ Not Given
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