As you’re reading this, thousands of Hawksbill turtles are beginning their annual migration to the shores of Seychelles to nest. From September onwards, the turtles trudge up the beaches and lay up to 200 eggs at a time in the soft sand. Come January, the eggs start to hatch and guests staying at Seychelles resorts can be a part of this extremely memorable natural phenomenon as thousands of tiny creatures struggle their way into the ocean for the first time.
The Hawksbill turtle is a critically endangered species under threat of poaching, as well as natural hazards such as being washed away by the waves or being eaten by ghost crabs, birds or fish. In order to save this special animal, the Hawksbill turtle is protected by Seychelles law and international treaty, so you can enjoy this incredible experience for yourselves.
- Nesting season: September onwards
- Hatchling season: January to March
- Monitoring volunteering: November to March
Did you know?
– Seychelles welcomes one of the five largest nesting populations of the endangered Hawksbill turtle left in the world.
– Each female turtle lays up to a 1000 eggs a season. She will return to the beaches as many as five times to lay up to 200 eggs at a time.
– You can volunteer to assist the turtle monitoring programme on the beaches of south Mahe from November to March each year. You will monitor priority beaches three times a week and make sure the beaches are accessible for the turtles.
– In addition to the Hawksbill, you can also see nesting populations of the endangered Green turtle. While Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles feed off the coast of Seychelles waters, they do not breed here.
– Track the nesting patterns of turtles with this handy sea turtle nesting map.
Hotels with nesting beaches
Book a stay at one of the following hotels during nesting or hatchling season and you can get closer to nature than you ever thought possible!
Banyan Tree Seychelles
Banyan Tree Seychelles is set in Intendance Bay on the island of Mahe, a homing zone where turtles lay their eggs each year. The hotel has a stunning forested backdrop overlooking the Indian Ocean, along one of the most attractive beaches in the Seychelles. The hotel has 60 villas with creole style design and indoor sunken bathtubs. Book a holiday today.
Constance Lemuria is framed by 3 beaches and surrounded by unspoilt vegetation, overlooking the beaches of Anse Kerlan. Set on the slopes of a hill, the suites and villas are just 15m from the shore where turtles can lay their eggs safely. Each nest is monitored by a turtle manager and his team. Book a holiday today.
Enjoy this unforgettable experience on one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. Visit the Seychelles today!