Nature Encounter At Sea Turtle Camp

Day Trip, Group Tour
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Calling all nature lovers! Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to learn about the Olive Ridley turtles and release baby hatchlings into Banderas Bay.

Nature Encounter at Sea Turtle Camp

The Olive Ridley turtle is the smallest and most abundant of the 7 marine turtles and is aptly named due to the olive-green color of its shell. During this intimate small-group tour you might even see a mother turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs while participating in a hatchling release.

Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular Mexican beach resort areas, has been working to protect the local environment by supporting local sea turtle protection programs for almost forty years.

The excitement begins when you reach the meeting location and attend a lecture on these magnificent sea turtles. Olive Ridley turtles, or Golfinas, grow up to 2 feet in length and are best known for their synchronized nesting in mass numbers, returning to the same beach where they were hatched to lay their eggs.

Head to Banderas Bay for shore patrol, quietly combing the coast and watching the sea for signs of a mother turtle. For a few months each year, typically between July and December, Olive Ridley sea turtles come on shore to lay their eggs in the sand. If you're lucky enough to be there when one appears (as the turtles do not have a set time or place to give birth), you can witness the miracle yourself. The turtle will scoop the sand with her flippers and will then deposit her eggs before returning to the water.

Studies show that for every thousand baby turtle hatchlings only one will make it into reproductive adulthood. To complicate matters even more, sea turtles reach their reproductive maturity between 8 and 12 years of age, so they continue to face low survival rates from the day they enter their ocean home. As the sun sets, you will help release baby turtle hatchlings and assist them into the ocean with a dedicated team of Mexican biologists working to increase the survival rate of the endangered turtles. Due to regulations you are not able to touch the baby turtles directly, but will assist them into the ocean from a plastic container.

This family-friendly tour is a perfect way to get a close look at the conservation efforts in Puerto Vallarta. Book now for your turn to release baby hatchlings into the ocean.

About Shore Excursions Group
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

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Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$65.00 USD
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Tour Duration
2.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 10 minute taxi (not included, approximately $10 US each way) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and casual, comfortable seasonal appropriate clothing.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.