Join Turtle Search Excursions at Hurawalhi

17 Jan 2017

Swimming with sea turtles ranks very high on a lot of people’s bucket lists, and with a large resident population of these fascinating creatures, Hurawalhi offers incredible opportunities to tick it off the list.

As part of the Hurawalhi Turtle Identification Project, ‘Turtle Search Boats’ are organized by Prodivers 2 to 3 times per week and are accompanied by Lisa, Hurawalhi’s resident marine biologist. As part of this snorkelling excursion, Lisa helps broaden guests’ understanding of turtles and also encourages the identification of the individuals encountered. New turtles are being identified almost on every excursion (although it’s just as incredible to see one of our ‘regulars’!). To date, 135 individual turtles have already been identified in the North Lhaviyani Atoll.

You, too, can bring out your inner researcher: before you go snorkelling, drop by at the dive center or Marine Biology Center and we will give you some guidelines on how to take amazing pictures of turtles – these will be both a nice memory of your holiday and a valuable contribution to Hurawalhi’s Turtle Identification Project! If Lady Luck is on your side, you may even spot a previously unknown turtle and you’ll get to name it. Just recently, we welcomed Audrey, a juvenile green sea turtle, to the team!

If you would like to contribute to the conservation of sea turtle populations, Hurawalhi is offering the chance to adopt a sea turtle. Whenever the very sea turtle is seen during dive or snorkel trips, we’ll send you an update. A ‘turtle adoption certificate’ also makes for a great gift to your dearest ocean-lovers at home!

If you are coming to Hurawalhi soon and do not want to miss your chance to swim with sea turtles, contact Lisa to pre-book your place on one of the group ‘Turtle Search Boat’ excursions or a private one.