Yes! It’s one of the most exciting times of the year . . . Turtle Watching Season in Trinidad and Tobago!!!
If you thought Jurassic Park was a good movie, you should definitely check out these beautiful creatures when you’re in Trinidad and Tobago.
Their scientific name — ‘Dermochelys coriacea’. Hummm… strange name . . .
What makes them so special — these reptiles are the largest turtles in the world! They can grow up to 7 feet and weigh as much as 2000 lbs. Let’s just hope you never happen upon any in the water.
Grande Riviere Beach is the second largest leatherback turtle nesting ground in the world and has been a main attraction for many visitors and locals alike. Along the coasts, female leatherbacks lay about 100 eggs, over an 8 – 12 days interval. The hatchlings then emerge from the nest about 2 months later and are such a sight to see!
Turtles also nest on Maracas, Las Cuevas and Blanchisseuse, as well as Paria. If you’re in Tobago, don’t worry, you won’t miss out. They also frequent Turtle Beach and Englishman’s Bay.
There are many official tour guides that offer overnight packages for Turtle Watching. This might be the easiest option for visitors and those who might be experiencing this for the first time.
We highly recommend you experience the amazing journey and life of these majestic animals . . . Turtle Watching 101.