Five day small group tour providing intimate encounters with flatback turtles
This small group experience provides intimate encounters with flatback turtles while supporting a long-term scientific research project. This rewarding turtle tour is located in the breathtaking natural surrounds of Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
The northern Australian coastline provides an excellent nesting ground for turtles. Flatbacks are the only sea turtle species endemic to Australian waters, but much remains unknown about them. Returning to the exact beach at which they were hatched, flatback turtles return to Eco Beach during November – December to nest.
Join our naturalist guides and researchers to discover the remarkable and untouched Kimberley Coast. Experience insights into the nesting turtle populations at Eco Beach. Enjoy close encounters with flatback turtles and contribute through citizen science to our long-term research project, recording data on nesting activities. With over 25 years experience in turtle monitoring projects, our researchers will share their expertise and insights into the turtle nesting behaviours.
Stay at the stunning and environmentally friendly Eco Beach Resort with plenty of time to enjoy northern Australia’s beautiful coastal scenery and the fantastic resort facilities. This is a truly remarkable experience and a rare opportunity to connect with our natural world.
- Two expert naturalist guides with over 25 years turtle and wildlife research experience
- Intimate encounters with turtles
- Spectacular coastal scenery and remote, uncrowded beaches
- Time to relax and enjoy the award-winning and eco-friendly Eco Beach Resort
- Beautifully appointed ensuite eco-tent or air-conditioned villa accommodation
- Small group, personalised experience of up to 8 people (Minimum age for participation is 10, participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult)
- Supporting flatback turtle research and conservation
- Friday 23 – Tuesday 27 November 2018
Tours depart Broome at 8 am.
Day 1 Roebuck Bay Eco Tour – Eco Beach Turtles
Hotel pick up and transfer to our morning boat cruise on the beautiful Roebuck Bay. In 2015 Roebuck Bay became of international importance and was declared an Australia marine park. Home to dugongs, turtles and rare Australian snubfin dolphins, Roebuck Bay provides extensive seagrass meadows for feeding and is a major nursery for numerous species of marine life. Cruising the bay by catamaran is the perfect way to experience the regions spectacular marine environment including sea and bird life. After the cruise, we travel to our stunning base for the next few days, Eco Beach Resort. Overlooking a beautiful beach, and turtle nesting ground, the resort has received Advanced Eco Certification for its sustainable lodge operations. Time to relax and maybe take a dip in the infinity pool, before a talk on flatback turtles and the monitoring program. Dinner and evening beach walk alongside our experienced guides in search of nesting flatback turtles. (LD)
Day 2 Eco Beach Turtles
Optional early morning beach patrol looking for new turtle nests and tracks. Breakfast and time to relax, take in the beautiful the surrounds, take a dip in the pool, go for a kayak, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the restaurant or visit the local bird hide in the afternoon.
In the evening just before high tide, we walk the beach in search of nesting flatback turtles. With over 20 years experience in turtle monitoring projects, our guides Steve and Anne will share their expertise and insights into the turtle nesting behaviours, false crawls, egg chambers, sand temperatures, egg incubation periods and hatchlings. (BLD)
Day 3 Eco Beach – Turtle Activity
Optional early morning beach patrol looking for new turtle nests and tracks. The morning is a beautiful time for a walk when the temperatures are cooler. Spend the day enjoying the resort facilities, hire a kayak, or relax taking in the endless coastal views at the infinity pool. Today our group lunch together is at the resort’s restaurant. Evening beach walk in search of nesting flatback turtles and turtle monitoring. (BLD)
Day 4 Eco Beach – Turtle Activities
Optional early morning beach patrol looking for new turtle nests and shorebirds. Time to enjoy the resort facilities and activities or relax taking in the endless coastal views at the infinity pool. Evening beach walk in search of nesting flatback turtles and turtle monitoring. (BLD)
Day 5 Eco Beach – Broome
Leisurely breakfast before our return journey to Broome. Our approximate drop off time will be 12 noon at either your city hotel or airport. (B)
About the meals
Meals are a group activity with everyone assisting with the catering. Meals are simple and wholesome, using fresh local produce. On one of the days we enjoy a delightful chef prepared lunch together in the resorts restaurant. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we are happy to assist. BYO alcohol is allowed in your accommodation, otherwise you can purchase supplies from the resort bar at your own expense. Additional meals and snacks may be purchased at your own expense from the resort restaurant (please note that during this time of the year the restaurant and bar are only open on weekends).
Easy to moderate – activities involve walking along the beach in soft sand at night, in warm climatic conditions. Depending on the nesting turtle activity we can walk up to 3 kilometres.
Only 1 in 1000 marine turtles make it from a hatchling to a mature turtle
In Australia, six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles live in our waters. Sea turtles are subject to numerous threats from entanglement in fishing nets and marine debris, the indigestion of plastic bags (which they mistake for jelly fish), illegal hunting, predation of nests from dingoes, lizards and wild pigs in Australia, beach erosion and increased sand temperatures due to climate change which affects hatchling success rates. As a result of these impacts, almost all marine turtle species are vulnerable or endangered.
The Flatback turtles are the only sea turtle species endemic to Australian waters, but much remains unknown about them. They are listed as ‘vulnerable’ in Western Australia under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and data deficient by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Meaning there is not enough information to tell whether flatback turtle populations are declining, stable or increasing. Each year our experienced turtle team undertake research on the nesting turtle population including:
- Monitoring turtle nesting activities to confirm nesting success rates
- Measuring and tagging nesting turtles
- Egg counts
- GPS mapping turtle nest locations
- Recording data on previously tagged turtles
Our research is vital in assisting to determine the status and ongoing conservation of marine turtles. The data is used by researchers and the national park agency to determine turtle population trends so we can place more conservation efforts on this marine species.
This holiday is located at Eco Beach, 130 km’s South East of Broome on Western Australia’s Kimberley Coast.
You will be transported from Broome in an air-conditioned vehicle. The approximate travel time to Eco Beach is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
You will be staying at the 4 star, award-winning Eco Beach Resort. This stunning eco-friendly resort offers luxurious spacious safari-style eco tents or beautifully appointed air-conditioned villas, all with private bathroom facilities. Choose from twin, double or single room options. Linen provided.
Tip: The turtle season is during the build up when the humidity can be high. If you have difficulty with the heat and humidity we recommend booking an air-conditioned villa.
Please note the nesting turtle season takes place during the resorts low season. Some services, tours, activities and the resort’s restaurant may be limited and closed during Monday – Thursday.
All prices are for 5 days/ 4 nights, per person.
Ensuite Eco Tent, Twin/Double room – $1,500
Ensuite Eco Tent, Single room – $1,770
(Eco Tents do not contain air-conditioning)
Garden View Ensuite Villa, Twin/Double room – $1,730
Garden View Ensuite Villa, Single room – $2,230
Ocean View Ensuite Villa, Twin/Double room – $1,930
Ocean View Ensuite Villa, Single room – $2,630
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