Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Dive with turtles in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Which diver does not like to see turtles on a nice reef dive and observe them swimming at a leisurely pace or eating peacefully. The best place to enjoy those beautiful creatures here in Playa del Carmen is at Tortugas Reef or - translated into English - Turtles Reef, which is just a 15 minutes boat ride south of Phantom Divers. This reef is constantly visited by sea turtles, mainly by Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata).

 Hawksbill Turtles at Tortugas Reef, Playa del Carmen

 But turtles can not just be seen at Tortugas Reef since the Riviera Maya is visited every year between May and October by two endangered species of sea turtles: the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta)  and the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), which occasionally can also be seen while diving in the Playa del Carmen area.

Loggerhead Turtle

The turtles come year after year to build their nests and lay up to 150 soft-shelled eggs on the beaches of Quintana Roo. Sea turtles may lay eggs several times during a single season. After a two-month incubation, the young turtles hatch and instinctively head for the water, using the light of the moon for navigation. On their way they have to face attacks by a variety of predators like birds, crabs, fish. Only 1 to 2 % of the baby turtles will reach adulthood.

Sea turtles are one of the Earth’s most ancient creatures and unfortunately endangered or threatened internationally.

Hawksbill Turtle
Please respect the turtles here in the Mayan Riviera as well as in any other place on earth you might be lucky to see them.

Don’t touch or grab turtles while enjoying them!

Loggerhead Turtle
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