The Galapagos Islands has become a haven for sea turtles. A true luxury in eco-travel, Galapagos holiday cruises offer the golden opportunity (an almost guaranteed opportunity) to see (and perhaps swim with) an endangered species such as the Pacific Sea Turtle, in the sanctuary of its safest, most precious home.
The Galapagos Islands is one of the few places on Earth where Pacific Sea Turtle populations are stable. A combination of human conservation programs and the remoteness of the islands has allowed for sea turtles to flourish in the waters of the archipelago, making these amazing animals quite a common Galapagos cruise attraction.
Many snorkeling experiences will include sea turtles, swimming by placidly only inches away from bathers. They are large and peaceful creatures that symbolize the gentle nature of our planet’s wildlife. In a more concrete sense, they also symbolize successful conservation efforts.
There are several sea turtle species in the Galapagos, the most common being the Green Pacific Sea Turtle, but Leatherbacks and Hawksbills can also be encountered. Galapagos cruise tours usually take you to nesting sites, and if you arrive at the right time, you may find one laying its eggs. Millions of baby sea turtles will head out to sea, hoping to reach adulthood. But few will actually have that chance.
It may then dawn on you that the many sea turtles you are swimming with during your Galapagos holiday cruise are all truly one-in-a-million.