Or in our case, release the baby turtles!
When my family came to visit me in Puerto Vallarta, I started planning excursions that we could all enjoy. Releasing newly hatched baby turtles into the ocean seemed like a wonderful family activity. Tripadvisor ranked Superior Tours Vallarta as a top tour guide in Puerto Vallarta and that’s who I booked with.
On a side note, Superior Tours Vallarta has airport pick up service which I booked for the family and we were totally happy with their friendly service. Astrid is an owner of Superior Tours Vallarta and also was our driver. She made my family feel very welcome, handed out nice cold bottle water and told us points of interest on the way to our condo. After our friendly and professional airport pick up, I knew we were in good hands for our turtle release excursion later that week.
The turtle release tours are evening excursions because less predators are about to snatch up the babies as they scramble across the beach and into the ocean. On the night of our booked tour, I made the family dinner and then made our way to Superior Tours office situated in Old Town just a few blocks from our condo.
Astrid was our driver and a marine biologist was our guide. Unfortunately I cannot remember her name, but she was wonderful and very knowledgeable. Thankfully, as it was November and still very hot and humid, the van had air conditioning and Astrid again handed out cold waters for everyone. After a 30 minute or so drive up to Nuevo Vallarta to the turtle sanctuary, everyone got out and made our way to the beach.
Our guide first gave us information about the turtles and their different species. We had a blue bin filled with little babies that had hatched that day, ready and eager to start their life in the ocean.
We picked them up, after cleaning our hands of course, and set them down in the sand. The waves came up, caught them and off they went. It was very cute and quite a beautiful experience. The entire family enjoyed this moment and will be a treasured moment for all.
After all the babies were released, we walked the beach to look for mother turtles coming up to lay their eggs. Unfortunately there were none so we hopped in the van and made our way back to Old Town for a late night snack of tacos…a perfect ending to a wonderful day.