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Last Updated: March 18, 2021

Poll - Where is the Best Spot to Swim with Sea Turtles in 2019?

You don't have to leave swimming with sea turtles to chance. There are some great places around the world where turtles visit regularly, so you can plan your visit to coincide with the best time of the year to swim with them. 


Turtles are always a firm favorite of most swimmers, snorkelers, and Scuba divers. I also know a few kayakers who talk about the odd, fun encounter with a turtle as it swims nearby and unexpectedly pops its head up. 

Ocean Reef Group - Aria Antracite (Black) with turtle

Below is a list of places that we think are among the best in the world to dive and swim with turtles. Let us know if you agree. 

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Do you agree with what others have said?

If you have a new location that's not included here, let us know in the Comments section below, and we'll add it to this list. 

Interesting Facts About Sea Turtles

Did you know that sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans for over 200 million years? Some believe it could be even longer. This makes them incredibly good at what they do. Sea turtles are excellent swimmers and some species such as the Leatherback can travel up to 12,000 miles each year, all the way from Indonesia to the USA.

Sea Turtles Species

There are 7 main species of Sea Turtles. 6 out of 7 of these are on the Endangered Species list.

  • Flatback Sea Turtle
  • Green Sea Turtle
  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
  • Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Some of the reasons for the decrease in their numbers is due to poaching, the loss of of their nesting or feeding areas, accidentally getting caught in fishing nets, and the pollution of our oceans with plastic and other rubbish.

Baby Turtles - Nests and Hatching

Sea Turtles spend most of their lives in the ocean, and female turtles are only seen on land during the nesting season. Eggs are laid in sand nests along the beach. Depending on the species of turtle, there will be somewhere between 60 to 200 eggs laid at a time.

It's the temperature of the sand that the eggs are laid in that determines the gender of the baby turtles. A warmer sand temperature will cause the babies to be females. If the temperature is cooler, the babies will be males. The young turtles hatch at night. Their natural instinct is to use moonlight to find their way to the ocean.

One of the more recent problems young turtles are facing is lighting along or near the beach where they hatch. Street and path lighting is great for us, but bad for turtles. The turtles mistake the light for the reflection the moon makes on the ocean at night, so instead of heading towards the water, they head in the wrong direction and get lost. 

Only about 1 in every 1,000 sea turtles hatched will live to maturity. 

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About the Author

Sharon McKenzie

Sharon McKenzie is an Advanced Certified Scuba Diver who loves to explore the ocean depths. She is an advocate for marine and eco conservation, promoting sustainable products. In her free time, Sharon also enjoys paddleboarding and snorkeling. She has two upcoming diving expeditions to Bali and the Great Barrier Reef, which are destinations she has always wanted to explore.

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  • Thank you for this creating this poll Sharon. An excellent idea. I would like to add a location as you suggested at Laganas Beach in Greece so that I can add my vote.

    The warm crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean offers a unique experience to swim with sea turtles at this location.
    Be gentle and they will come to greet you. Be cautious, they have been known to bite if they fear danger.

    Just watch them glide past you and don’t touch, and you will be fine, and really enjoy the experience. Perfect spot to snorkel with them. Water can get choppy at times, but mostly calm seas. Don’t forget your camera.

    The caretta-caretta sea turtle (known also as loggerhead) lives in these Greek waters.
    And great food at the local Giannis beach restaurant!

    ευχαριστώ, Athena

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