Peloponnese turtle conservation vacation, Greece

“Become part of a team of volunteers helping to protect sea turtles along the south coast of the Peloponnese, with afternoons off to enjoy the beautiful beaches and authentic Greek culture.”

Highlights

Morning surveys | nest shading/protecting | public awareness work | running info kiosk | beach cleans | beach patrols | nearby watersports centre | Gythio | Greek meals included (including veggie and vegan options) |

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Responsible tourism: Peloponnese turtle conservation vacation, Greece

Environment

This trip is all about sea turtle conservation! It proves that tourism can be a significantly important tool for conservation, by respecting wildlife and biodiversity in every possible way! Specifically:
* You will become a conservationist yourself when participating in this project!
* Included in your travel package is a donation to the sea turtle protection society of Greece.
* Wildlife species are not harvested, consumed, displayed, sold, or traded.
* No captive wildlife is held.
* The trip supports and contributes to biodiversity conservation, including natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value.
* Interactions with wildlife, taking into account cumulative impacts, do not produce adverse effects on the viability and behaviour of populations in the wild. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized.
* Information about and interpretation of the natural surroundings is provided to tourists in the area, as well as explaining appropriate behaviour while on the beaches where turtles nest. When you volunteer for the sea turtle protection society YOU will be the one raising public awareness on these issues!

In order to keep our environmental impact as low as possible we use group transportation for the transfers (bus) and on location you walk mostly. Locally you will use the public bus network when needed.
Furthermore we give the option to offset carbon emissions of this trip

Community

One of our core values is to celebrate a Diversity of Place & Culture whilst delivering you rich and authentic experiences at an affordable price. It is done because we are 100% local. Expect authentic experiences such as local traditional cuisine and local traditional architecture in an area untouched by mass tourism!
We support the community in the following ways:
* Information about and interpretation of the local culture, and cultural heritage is provided to travelers by locals
* Your tour leader is local, offering local knowledge and expertise
* Local services and goods are purchased and offered, following fair-trade principles.
* Supporting local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history and culture (including food and beverages, crafts, performance arts, agricultural products, etc.).
* Purchasing policies favour locally appropriate and ecologically sustainable products, including building materials, capital goods, food, beverages and consumables.
* The camping in the countryside is family-owned. This is also where the research centre of the charity is located during the Summer months. The setting of the campsite is basically an olive grove.

3 Reviews of Peloponnese turtle conservation vacation, Greece

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Reviewed on 27 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the turtle hatchlings make their way to the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


not sure

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so but one week is very little time. Still I hope we were of help to the local group.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I really enjoyed it.

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks a lot for traveling with us and for leaving this fabulous rating and review! It was our great pleasure to host you! All the very best.

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The overall experience was unforgettable!! Joining the research team, learning and seeing dolphins in their natural environment were breathtaking

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Just do it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Exceptional

Read the operator's response here:

Thanks sooo much for supporting dolphin conservation on the Greek Island of Alonissos and for submitting this fabulous review! All the very best to you
from the team here in Greece!

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Rescuing some hatchling turtles, which had been confused by the lights of the adjacent campsite when they emerged from their nest on the beach, and
encouraging them to go the right way towards the sea. Two hours after the "turtle emergency" was declared, all but a handful of the escapees had
successfully flapped their way to the water, and were taking their first swims. Between the volunteers and the interested and helpful campers of all ages, we
probably rescued about 50-60 turtles.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a dependable alarm clock, as the starts are early. The food is great, but watch your waistline. Bring a mask and snorkel for swimming, especially at
Valtaki Beach.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported conservation; supported local people by using public transport and eating locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very relaxed pace, good to have a chance to make the world better. Gythio is a pretty little town and the surroundings in Mani have very very dramatic
scenery.

Read the operator's response here:

Many thanks for this fabulous review! A big thank you also on behalf of our team in Greece for traveling with us and for donating and volunteering for the
Loggerhead sea turtles ! It was a pleasure to get to know you and your family. Wishing you all the best.

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