Turtle Tracking Tour!

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Children playing on turtle beach...
I know a few people have said El Nido Resorts is just ridiculously expensive but this past weekend I got the experience of a lifetime. I got an email in early February telling me about this tour. I was quick to suggest it to my stepmom as something we could do over my little brother's spring break. We knew there was no guarantee that we would see turtles but it was well worth it in the end!

The day started off at 8:30 when we left Lagen. Weirdly enough, we were the only group from Lagen joining the tour. We met up with the rest of the group in Miniloc for an educational presentation about the different types of turtles found in Palwaan as well as what types of conservation efforts are goign on. Afterwards, we headed out for a bit of snorkeling in hopes of seeing turtles but we had no luck.
Unfortunatley, the plankton were especially excited to see us and we were all part of their midmorning snack.

Lunch was at Daluho, a beautiful cove with soft sand. Unfortunately, a lot of tourists and locals from town also come here and find it fun to put trash everywhere. We spent some time after lunch picking up glass and plastic bags before heading out to Dimulakad. It's supposedly named this for "hindi mo ma lakad" meaning "you can't walk" because of how hot the sand gets. Here, we saw several nesting spots of the turtles and a few unhatched nests. The caretaker explained that though monitor lizards are the ones that usually eat turtle eggs, we need monitor lizards to discover the nests! Love hate relationship much? Anywho, once he has confirmed the location of a nest, they place a cage over it to make sure no one gets at them.
Protecting the eggs!


Even though a few of the nests were due to hatch on March 19th and 20th, the sand had yet to drop. We decided to go snorkeling at Twin Rocks in hopes of seeing turtles there but as soon as we arrived, we heard that turtles had just hatched at Entalula! Our boat rushed there to get a glimpse at the baby turtles. I was so impressed! Turtles know which way to go. As our guide explained, they look for the brightest spot which is the horizon and head that way. A few of the not so smart ones wanted to go back to their nest but figured it out eventually.

As we watched, the turtles slowly made their way in to the wake. It was exciting but a bit worrisome as some of the other observers weren't careful, letting their kids wander too close to the very fragile turtles. There were a few terrifying moments where I thought a turtle would get squished to death but in the end, they all made it in to the ocean.

After all that excitment, we headed to turtle beach, known as a favourite nesting spot for the turtles for a photo-op. My brother and I got bored with that and ended up horsing around our banca. Perfect ending to a perfect day.
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Children playing on turtle beach...
Children playing on turtle beach...
Protecting the eggs!
Protecting the eggs!
The one that didnt want to leave …
The one that didn't want to leave…
SO MANY TURTLES!
SO MANY TURTLES!
Escape attempts were made...
Escape attempts were made...
Preparing for the release. On your…
Preparing for the release. On you…
Go!
Go!
Taking the plunge.
Taking the plunge.
Last one in is a rotten egg!
Last one in is a rotten egg!
Surfs up.
Surf's up.
Delicious.
Delicious.
Is this water sanitary?
Is this water sanitary?
All the egg shells.
All the egg shells.
El Nido
photo by: tj1777