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Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station
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$35.49*
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Day Trip by Mini Bus to Akamas From Paphos
Ranked #26 of 132 things to do in Paphos
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Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by Lara bay as part of a quad/buggy tour. And we where lucky enough to witness a green turtle nest hatching! A beautiful scene! The beach itself is lovely and quiet. If you where planning on spending the day you would need to go prepared. There are no sun beds or parasols to rent, and there isn’t any amenities particularly close. But definitely worth a visit to learn about the types of turtles who nest here and what they are doing to try and help them.

3  Thank justbenwithaone
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Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

A fabulous place to visit and we had a rare opportunity to see the release of some baby turtles - absolutely amazing.

2  Thank maggymayo
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Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

On the 31/7 the Turtles are hatching and saw some be saved who didn’t leave the nest and were saved from essentially being cooked. They have Turtles in a tank so tourists get to see them. It is odd but the logic is you don’t get tourists digging up the nests.

To visit you do need a high base car the road is lumpy!

What the Cyprus Government is doing here is great for the Whole Med and Europe and should be applauded and supported.

1  Thank Windy2105
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Reviewed August 3, 2018

We visited Lara Bay as part of our private tour in a 4x4. The road isn't great and although it can be done in a normal car, the 4x4 seemed a lot easier. There are a number of steps that take you down to the beach, which is fine on the way down but not so good on the way back in the heat.

There was a lot of information to take in but the children really enjoyed learning more about both types of turtles and the conservation effort. I was extremely impressed at the outcome, with the numbers of nests having increased by huge numbers since they started. These volunteers are doing an amazing job by protecting these nests and baby turtles.

Having visited around the middle of the nesting season (eggs hatch around 45 days after laying), we were lucky to see a number of green and loggerhead baby turtles kept in an aquarium. They do this to stop people from disturbing/damaging nests in the attempt to see the eggs/babies and they will be released at the end of the nesting season.

Having seen the other reviews on here, please note that you will not be seeing a beach covered in turtles. In fact it is very dangerous for cars/people to be around when the young emerge and attempt to get to the sea (noise/lights can cause them to go up the mountain and they will die).

The beach is very beautiful and many people were paddling/swimming. Please note, there are no sun loungers/umbrellas etc. Again to protect the nests.

1  Thank hinapetal
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Some reviewers have said how difficult the last road is to drive and that a 4x4 is needed. I would only assume that they have not had to navigate the potholed roads of Kent. Taken steadily we easily drove the road in an 8 seater minibus. The drive was worth the lovely view and great beach.

6  Thank Chris P
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