Sea Turtle Sanctuaries in Panamá
In the Caribbean Sea, the Bocas del Toro province is the nesting ground for thousands of hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Two of the top nesting grounds are Bluff Beach on Isla Colon and the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park, where conservation efforts are ongoing for hawksbill nesting sites. The Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous people are instrumental in patrolling and documenting the nesting sites at the marine park.
How to Help
There are so many ways to help conserve these marine creatures – volunteer on-site with organizations like Sea Turtle Conservancy and Panama Wildlife Conservation, donate money, or adopt sea turtles. For more volunteer information, check out their websites.
There is nothing quite like the once-in-a-lifetime experience of observing a mama sea turtle digging her hole in the sand and laying her eggs. Then to be lucky enough to watch the babies hatching and help with conservation efforts is nothing short of amazing.