Turtle Watching In T&T

There are five main types of sea turtles which have been seen nesting along the northern and eastern coasts of Trinidad and Tobago. These are:

  1. Leatherbacks
  2. Hawksbills
  3. Green Turtles
  4. Olive Ridleys
  5. Loggerheads

Map Showing Some Turtle Village Community Groups/Sea Turtle Habitat

The main nesting season for local sea turtles runs from March to September of each year. Three of the main nesting beaches - Matura, Fishing Pond and Grande Rivière - are Prohibited Areas and permission is required for the purpose of turtle viewing. Only a limited number of permits are distributed daily, so you need to ensure that you apply early.

Applications for Turtle Watching Permits can be obtained at the following Forestry Division offices, between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except on public holidays).

Sangre Grande
San Fernando
Long Circular Road
St. James
Tel: 868-622-7476 
400 Eastern Main Road
Damarie Hill, Guaico
Tel: 868-668-3825
Balisier Ave
Tel: 868-657-8391/7257

The Forestry Division keeps a record of authorized tour guides and tour operators. It is recommended that you employ the services of one of the following organisations, especially when visiting the unrestricted beaches in Tobago. This list will be expanded in the future.

Nature Seekers

Grande Rivière Nature Tour Guide Association

Fishing Pond Turtle Conservation Group

Toco Main Road
Tel/Fax: 868-668-7337
Mbl: 868-366-1031
Email: natureseekers@gmail.com
Website: natureseekers.org

Paria Main Road ,
Grande Rivière
Tel: 868-670-4257/469-1288
Fax: 868-670-2524
Mbl: 868-322-0283
Email: grntga@gmail.com

2km Fishing Pond,
Fishing Pond Road (via Sangre Grande)
Mbl: 868-361-4712



M2M Network

Save Our Sea Turtles (SOS) Tobago

c/o SAD For Toco
Paria Main, Toco
Tel: 868-670-3283/321
Fax: 868-670-2524
Mbl: 868-372-1423
Email: tocobitts@tstt.net.tt

c/o P.O. Box 27 Black Rock,
Black Rock Post Office,
Tobago W.I.
Mbl: 868-357-2862
Email: info@sos-tobago.org
website: www.sos-tobago.org