Everyone loves to spot a turtle when they are diving or snorkelling, and here at Hurawalhi Maldives we are lucky to have a relatively large and stable population of them. The turtles have a vast natural habitat of healthy reefs, endless sandy beaches on which to nest, and they enjoy full protection from poaching and exploitation.
World Turtle Day has been celebrated on 23rd of May since 2000, raising awareness of the plight of these much-loved creatures. One of the planet’s longest surviving creatures, turtles have been around for over 120 million years, but all seven species are now endangered.
We will kick off World Turtle Day with a sand sculpture competition for the resort’s team members. Be sure to drop by to see how turtle-shaped masterpieces are coming together. To celebrate, the winner will receive a sea turtle adoption certificate.
In the afternoon (15.00-18.00), there will be a special Turtle Tour ($64/person). All participating snorkellers will be invited to cast their vote for the best sand turtle built in the morning, and will have the chance to name a sea turtle in a lucky draw. Resident Marine Biologist Lisa Bauer will give a presentation on sea turtles prior to the snorkel tour at Kuredu Lagoon – a favourite grazing ground for Green sea turtles. Each participating guest will also receive a group picture with the sand turtles.
Turtle Tours are regular events at Hurawalhi and, in addition to the special World Turtle Day Tour, there are the usual Turtle Tours ($79/person) taking place on 22nd and 24th May.