If you are among those who wonder what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the earth, spotting sea turtles that call lagoons and reefs around Hurawalhi Maldives home delivers a trace of that bygone era. Having been around for over 120 million years, sea turtles are some of the planet’s toughest survivors, and by spending a holiday at Hurawalhi you have a unique chance to snorkel alongside them.
Turtle species you can expect to see during the half-day Turtle Tour:
Green sea turtle
Named for the green colour of the fat under its shell. They seek fish-cleaning stations or rub themselves against coral to remove overgrowth on shell and skin. Max length: 120 cm; max weight: 230 kg. Conservation status: Endangered.
Hawksbill sea turtle
Gets its name from its sharp, hawk-like beak. “Dirty” appearance, with shell, neck and extremities often overgrown by algea (camouflage effect on the reef). Max length: 90-110 cm, max weight: 80 kg. Conservation status: Critically endangered.
Did you know?
- Touching and chasing sea turtles is prohibited. When you see one, observe it from a respectful distance, ideally at the turtle’s side so it doesn’t get scared away.
- At Hurawalhi you can adopt a turtle! The adoption certificate is both a great souvenir and a donation to a good cause, the Olive Ridley Project.