Turtugaruba is a local environmental organisation in charge of an Aruba Turtle Protection Program. Main goal is to inform and educate local residents and visitors to the island, understanding how to protect the fragile turtle population on Aruba’s beaches during the nesting season. You can support the work Turtugaruba does on behalf of Aruba’s sea turtles by respecting the rules and help protect these special creatures and their nests.
Majority of turtle nests are located on Eagle Beach. Four species of sea turtles are found nesting on Aruba: The Leatherback, the Loggerhead, the Green and the Hawksbill. In order for these turtles to create successfull nests on Aruba’s beaches it is not allowed to drive on the sand by car or quad racer.
Although the sight of turtles hatching on Aruba’s beaches is an unforgettable and unique vacation experience by itself, please try to keep your distance, keep your voice low and don’t use flashlights. Turtle nests on the beach are marked by red and white boards, built in a square surrounding the nest. Don’t enter these marked off areas as trespassing is prohibited.
To protect a nesting turtle or when you discover a turtle nest in Aruba, please call the 24 hour Turtle Hotline, 592-9393.