We had two small children (under the age of 3), so the Turtle Farm was just about the only thing we could do together. The tour guide/bus driver was great - giving us essentially a private tour. Our two grandchildren loved it.
The cruise excursion crew really messed up this one... the tenders were not properly scheduled and we had to wait over an hour after our scheduled time. The turtle farm was really cool, you got to snorkel with the turtles in their man-made pond, hold the juveniles, and purchase food to feed the large 600lb+ sea turtles! The tour guides were informative and fun but let you have plenty of free time to explore the farm at your leisure. There are also lots of chickens and roosters roaming around the property with their chicks. Large iguanas are all over the place, in trees, crossing the walkways, even swimming in the lagoon. There is also a neat nature trail in the back. The restaurant had pretty decent food at a reasonable price!
From the bus we stopped at the green sea turtle farm where we saw big turtles and baby turtles. It was a wonderful tour full of information about the turtles. Great photo opportunities too. There was a little time for a quick visit to the the gift shop.
We were given a brief tour starting with the large pools holding the biggest and oldest turtles, then taken to the tanks with the turtles that were a few years old and the tanks for the young turtles. We were allowed to go into the small tanks to pick up the young turtles and play with them. After that we were free to walk around and explore on our own, our total time there was about an hour and a half.
We loved the Turtle Farm! Getting to see the turtles up close, hold them, and learn about their habitat was great. And getting to snorkel with them was a blast! This is a great tour for families with children above 7 or 8.
I didn't go, but my adult daughter loved it! She said it was exactly as advertised. she got to hold some juvenile turtles, which made her day. She learned quite a bit about their breeding habits and the environmental dangers they face.
Welcome to Cruise Critic; we're happy you decided to register to become a Cruise Critic Member.
Important: Do Not Use Your REAL NAME as your USER NAME
Important: Please disable your email verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Please add @cruisecritic.com to your email safelist.
Please respect that this is a MODERATED community for people who absolutely LOVE cruise travel or want to learn about cruise travel.
Registration to Cruise Critic's Cruise Community is free! We require that you use a valid e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address before you are allowed to login and post on the boards. Again, please disable your spamblocking or verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Also, as a member of Cruise Critic you will receive copies of our weekly newsletter plus our "Cruise Sails" and one "Member Offer" mailing. Should you not want to continue to receive these e-mailings, simply unsubscribe by following the directions in the newsletter. By agreeing to become a member, you are agreeing to receipt of our newsletters.
Additionally, we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed at this link: Community Guidelines.
This is a moderated Community. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Web site and do not wish to be bound by them, please do not use this Web site or continue the registration process. Cruise Critic reserves the right to remove any content in its sole discretion. Additionally, if you violate our Community Guidelines you may lose your posting privileges -- permanently -- without warning. By continuing the registration you are agreeing to the terms
These are moderated message boards. What this means is that we do our best to remove all objectionable messages from the boards. It also means that you cannot say whatever you'd like on the forums. If you are looking for an "anything goes" setting, Cruise Critic might not be the place for you. Understand, too, that our community is comprised of folks who LOVE to cruise. It therefore stands to reason that they will have a favorite cruise line or port of call -- in other words, they are "fans" and will sometimes take offense when a brand new member has arrived on the scene to bash a cruise line.
Keep in mind that we do not prescreen posts so there may be a period of time when an inappropriate post is visible. Please use the Report A Post icon located in the UPPER right hand corner of each posting if you wish to report a violation of our Community Guidelines. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Cruise Critic Message Board Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, are in violation of our Community Guidelines or otherwise violative of any laws.
Cruise Critic reserves to right to remove, edit, move or close any thread (discussion) for any reason from the forums without warning. or notification to the Community. Additionally, we also reserve the right to deny posting privileges to any member at our sole discretion.
You hereby grant Cruise Critic the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any message posted in our message board community (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.
Our mission is to provide a haven on the Internet free of harassment and advertising for our community members' enjoyment. Any company or person(s) that interfere with that mission risk losing their posting privileges.
If you have any questions about how our community is moderated, please address them to our Community Manager via e-mail at email@example.com. Please do not post on the boards.