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“Leatherback Turtles”
Review of Nature Seekers

Nature Seekers
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Matura
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Today, Nature Seekers is renowned for its efforts in protecting the endangered Leatherback turtle and providing a unique tour service to visitors.Visit Nature Seekers today for Turtle Watching Tours,Turtle Tagging Tours, Nature Walks, Kayaking Tours, Waterfall Tours all with our experienced and friendly tour guides. Purchase local handmade jewelry and craft at our gift shop and gain an enlightened perspective on the intrinsic natural resources and attractions that is the Magic of Matura.
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Got our license for seeing the turtles lay their eggs on the Matura beach from the Ministry of Hunting and Fishing on long circular road in Port of Spain Trinidad. This is just across the road from the Long Circular mall. Cost $5.00 per person and were given a receipt with the date and time for checking in to the site on Matura beach. Do not be afraid to ask people on the road side, when you are in Matura, for directions. There are picnic tables and washrooms, so you can take food and drink. The trained guides are well informed about the life cycles of the turtle and we were given a wonderful documentary as we were escorted along the beach to see several turtles laying their eggs. These guides are friendly, polite and very helpful. Their cost was $20.00 (a bargain for what you get) On my next visit, I want to try their full day tour with the waterfalls. Hope you have as much fun as we did. We got some good photos even though it is night time. This tour is not recommended for wheel-chairs as the sand on the beach is very soft.

8  Thank Catherine B
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Windy roads are very, very worth the trip. Take food and drink, drive down the Toco Main Road, if you get to Darlene's Homemade Ice-cream you've gone too far. Stop, get some ice-cream (we had passion fruit and cherry coconut) and go back. The road is marked "by permit only, Matura turtles" Go anyway. The road is a dirt road with signs along the way. There is a tour guide station at the end. They have the permits, the expertise, the experience and the knowledge. You do not need a tour guide from Port of Spain or an appointment. This was the most amazing thing to see. We went on a full moon night, saw an 800 pound mama turtle lay 80-100 eggs. The tour guide said that 150-200 turtles do that a night!! Wow. Must, must, do! We paid $240TT for our family of 4 and it was better spent than any money the whole time in TT. Loved it.

6  Thank Tough M
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

When in Trinidad, if at all possible get to see the nesting leatherback turtles at Matura Beach. I'm surprised that for such a wonderful experience there is only one previous review, although perhaps that's because others have included it with posts on their accommodations, tours, etc. We were on a package through Caligo Ventures and this was included, but it appears the cost is minimal if doing it on your own. (According to the Nature Seekers website, US $5 for a permit from the Forestry Division.)

There were three of us along with our driver, and after the truckload of Nature Seeker personnel arrived, we met up with a guide. The tour is conducted at night, and as there wasn't a moon, the walk down to the beach required a flashlight. Once there, however, it's lights out and only red light is used as it doesn't affect the turtles. Groups of staff patrol the beach and once a turtle was located, our guide was radioed and we proceeded to the nesting site. Watching her excavate the nest was something, with the guide filling us with information. Unfortunately after digging out the nest, the turtle decided to abandon it, filled it in, and headed back to the sea.

Another turtle was located about a mile down the beach, a long walk in the dark over loose sand, but it was well worth the effort as this one finished her nest and then laid her mass of eggs. Once the egg-laying begins, the turtle assumes a trance-like state and at that point a standard flashlight allowed us to clearly watch the process. Also, we could then touch the turtle and flash photography was allowed. Once she stops laying eggs the white lights have to be extinguished and we backed away while she covered up the nest, disturbed the sand to camouflage the site and headed back to the ocean, not to return for another 5 years.

This was a moving experience, watching this 6-foot, 850-pound animal, a critically-endangered species, go through a life cycle ritual carried out for millions of years. Don't miss it, as it was one of the highlights of our time in Trinidad & Tobago.

10  Thank RHM-64
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

I have done Turtle Tours and Patrols before but the Tag Tour operated by the Nature Seekers of Trinidad & Tobago's Leatherback Turtle Project surpasses all of them. You are given an introductory lecture and explanation of how to use the tagging equipment and then assigned a guide for the night. You determine the size of your group, in our case it was four of us plus the guide.
It is a great alternative to the larger groups of 50 or more who come just to see the turtles and learn about them. The best part of all, you are almost guaranteed by nature to see Leatherback turtle after turtle, Trinidad is home to the second largest nesting colony in the world. The one night we did our tour approximately 700 turtles previously tagged returned to nest, along with the 14 new females which we tagged in our 4 hour stint.
Such beautiful, gentle creatures, this tour is one of my picks for Best Caribbean Tour.

17  Thank TriniPixie
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