SOS Tartarugas works in Cape Verde protecting nesting loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta) and their habitat. Cape Verde is the third most important nesting area for loggerheads in the world. Turtles are at risk from hunting for meat, stealing of eggs, removal of sand for building and unregulated tourism development. Our email is
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Turtle Walks have started!

Now the season is in full swing and turtles are being seen every night, our tourism team have started our turtle watching programme.

The tours start at 20:30 and finish around 22:30 (the end time varies especially if the group are with a nesting turtle!)  We regret that we cannot take children under 10 years old.

The tours are very popular so please try to book in advance by calling (00238) 974 5019 or emailing  You can also reserve your place at Manta Diving Centre (between Belirozonte & Novorizonte Hotels) or Vista Verde travel agency (at the side of the Capeverdian market near the town square in Santa Maria) or Sal Vista (opposite Porto Antigo 3).

You can also see turtle nests at our main hatchery on Ponta Preta (beside the beach entrance to the RIU hotel).  Rangers are on hand every day for two hours from 10am to give information about the turtles and this is also your opportunity to adopt a baby turtle and book your turtle watching tour.

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