The sea turtle nursery is located in the garden area of the New Heaven Dive School in Chalok Ban Kao. Visitors are welcome to visit the center anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Visitors are permitted to take photos, but are not permitted to handle or touch the turtles. However, around 4:30 pm, visitors may come and observe the feeding of the turtles. There is no charge to see the turtles, however donations used for purchasing food are welcomed. These feeding times and can vary though so please contact us directly at the e-mail address below for more information, and whether or not we have sea turtles, as that is also subject to change based on the season.
For those who want to get more involved and assist regularly with the turtle program we offer several options through our marine conservation courses. In our marine conservation program, students learn about sea turtle ecology, anatomy, identification, and care. We also offer a certification card program for those who want to involve in our Sea Turtle Ecology and Head-Starting Course. Each day they assist us to feed and take data on the progress of our turtles as we care for them over the next year. Furthermore, students are involved in other reef research, clean-ups, and activities to address the threats to sea turtles locally and globally.
Generally we receive new turtles into our program around the middle of June, and begin releasing the first ones in October. Depending on the starting size of the sea turtles, most will be released by the following January or February. If your interest in our program is mainly in working with our Sea Turtles, please inquire at the e-mail address listed below as to whether or not we'll have a clutch we're raising upon your arrival.