Turtles (Testudines) refer to any reptile with cartilaginous shells which serve as shelters against their predators. In fact, in front of their predators, turtles hide their heads and feet in their shells. The word “tortoises” are different from “turtles” and “terrapins”.
Turtles live in fresh water and in the ocean. However, tortoises live in dry land. Terrapins can live both in water and on dry land. Turtles are omnivores. This means they feed on different kinds of things, depending on their species. There are about 318 known species of turtles worldwide. A large number of them are endangered due to the destruction of their habitats.
Deforestation, bush fires, massive forest clearing, water pollution, and plastic oceans lead to the destruction of the habitats of turtles. Therefore, many turtles are already extinct. To build knowledge about turtles, take a holiday trip and swim next to turtles. Where can you swim next to turtles?
5 destinations where you can swim next to turtles
1. Lankayan, Borneo: the place to spot two turtle species: the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill. Every year, they go to the beach to nest their babies. Go there between July and October when the two species nest.
2. Chiriqui Beach, Panama: It houses thousands of turtles, especially the Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle. If you are interested in seeing the turtles nest their babies, visit the area and swim there between February and March and from September to October.
3. Gili Meno, Indonesia: Snorkel in Gili Meno between March and September to see the Hawksbill Turtle and the Green Turtle hatch at the beach and nest next to you in the ocean. It is so amazing.
4. Tortuguero, Costa Rica: Turtle Beach or Tortuguero is a unique destination to see three turtle species nesting and hatching turtles. The best time to go to Tortuguero varies according to the turtle species. To see the Leatherback Turtle, the nesting season is from February to April. For The Green Turtle, the nesting season is from July to October. However, The Hawksbill Turtle nest between July and October.
5. Tioman island, Malaysia: The beach is the hatching and nesting place for two species of turtles, namely the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle, especially if you go there between May and October.
Further tips for potential swimmers who are passionate about turtles
Swimming is a relaxing hobby, and swimming next to turtles is just amazing. Choosing a swim destination where you can swim next to turtles is a hard task, especially if you don't know much about the animal diversity of the area. It is true that the internet can give you a lot of valuable resources on vacation spots where sea turtles inhabit. However, it is not sure that the place you find is the most suitable one to swim next to them.
- To make things easy, contact a, online travel agency like Opodo.
- On its website, you can get recommendations from Opodo to make your swimming trip exciting and fascinating, especially if you aim to swim next to turtles.
- Find your flights, accommodation and your car rental on Opodo.