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    Best time and place to see turtles

    Wondering if anyone can tell me the best time and place to see turtles while snorkeling. We prefer venturing out on our own vs group tours. Thanks.

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    I'd be interested knowing as well.
    We'll be snorkeling at Baby Beach but if we have to go to another beach as well, I wouldn't be disappointed.

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    I don't recall ever seeing one, other than in the morning, that is from 25+ yrs. of snorkeling, from all through the Caribbean, Mexican Coast, Tahitian waters, Belize, Hawaii, to New Zealand.

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    Malmok, Arashi, Boca Catalina area from the people I've talked to. I've only seen them twice and once was on a night dive at the Pedernales.

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    Thanks everyone. We snorkeled at Boca Catalina last year and really enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaBound001 View Post
    Wondering if anyone can tell me the best time and place to see turtles while snorkeling. We prefer venturing out on our own vs group tours. Thanks.
    Hi, we just got back from Aruba on Monday. We snorkeled every day, morning and afternoon. We saw turtles at Catalina Cove 4 days in a row. It was always in the morning, before the tours showed up, between 8 -9:00AM. They were always fairly shallow, feeding on the seaweed that looks like thick crabgrass. There was one turtle in particular that we always saw. We knew it was him because he had a tear in his right rear foot. He was not afraid at all and let us swim with him for 15-30 minutes at a time. It was wonderful! He was also very photogenic - I will attach some pics in a little while. My wife also saw a baby, only 8 or 9 inches long.

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    Here is our turtle friend....
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Best time and place to see turtles-turtle1.jpg   Best time and place to see turtles-turtle2.jpg  

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    What kind of camera did you use to get those pictures? Very nice!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysmiles View Post
    What kind of camera did you use to get those pictures? Very nice!!!
    It is a Pentax Optio 80W. We also cleaned up the pics in Photoshop, it makes the colors really pop.

    Here is a link to the camera...

    http://www.pentaxwebstore.com/detail/PTX+17731

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    Thanks for the tip, mnwild. We will definitely give Catalina Cove a try.

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