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5 Turtle-y Awesome Reasons to Visit Heron Island

With white sand beaches, crystal clear water and an epic array of marine life to encounter...we’re not sure anyone would need convincing to visit the place Sir David Attenborough himself once described as ‘the most magical place” on earth! But just in case you need a little persuading, here’s 5 turtle-y awesome reasons to visit Heron Island.

1. Tick swimming with turtles off your bucket list

Heron Island is home to over 4,000 turtles that live on the reef all year round…so there's always plenty of opportunities to see and swim with them during your stay! 

 

2. Watch the circle of life continue for Green and Loggerhead Turtles

Heron Island is a significant nesting location for both the Green Turtle and Loggerhead Turtle. If you visit throughout October to March each year, you can witness these beautiful creatures come ashore to lay their nest. 

 

3. Witness adorable turtle hatchlings emerge

From January through to April each year, Heron Island becomes immersed in one of nature’s most magical experiences with hundreds of turtle hatchlings erupting from their nests and embarking on an epic journey out to sea! With a little know-how and luck, you'll have the opportunity to witness this adorable spectacle for yourself.

Here's a little video evidence to see just how adorable they can really be. 

 

4. Learn all about the turtles 

As a guest on Heron Island you can join one (or many) of their free and fun educational activities, such as the popular turtle walks and talks! Hosted by Heron Island's friendly Naturalist Guides, you can learn all about sea turtles, their incredible circle of life and the best practice guidelines for observing the nesting and hatching turtles!

 

5. Support a turtle-iffic cause

Last but certainly not least, when you visit Heron Island you have the opportunity to support the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre; The regions first and only permanent marine turtle rehabilitation facility. As proud partners, Heron Island invites all guests to contribute a small donation upon check-out to support the continued protection and rehabilitation of our precious marine wildlife.


So what are you waiting for? Click here for more information and to book your very own turtle-y awesome trip to Heron Island. 

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