May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1999
Studying endangered Sea Turtles
Outfitter Price Accommodations
Oceanic Society Expeditions
800-326-7491, www.oceanic-
$1,890 (inludes airfaire from U.S.) rustic lodging

The Route: A weeklong stay at a tiny solar-powered beach resort in Galibi Nature Reserve, one of the world's largest turtle nesting grounds. You'll have front-row seats for the parade of leatherback, green, and giant olive ridley turtles laying their eggs in the sand.

When to go: March through July

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Perfect for insomniacs: Since turtles lay their eggs only at night, volunteers work two-hour shifts between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. That's in addition to daytime chores like monitoring nest temperatures.

High/low points:

  • Playing the hero as you shoo dozens of hungry birds away from new hatchlings inching down the beach to begin their ocean odyssey.
  • Fending off repellent-impervious mosquitoes that swarm your beach-front lodge room on windless nights.

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