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8 Jan 2024
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The allure of swimming with sea turtles has drawn nature enthusiasts to various corners of the world. Based on Google, TripAdvisor, and Locogringo reviews these are the top 5 places in the world to swim with sea turtles and only one is in the North American, each offering a unique window into the lives of these majestic marine creatures. 

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Known for its extraordinary wildlife, the Galapagos Islands provide a sanctuary for green sea turtles. The clear waters offer a lens into the diverse ecosystem where these turtles thrive, allowing for close yet respectful encounters.

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The Maldives' Ari Atoll is a vision of pristine beauty, boasting vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, including hawksbill sea turtles. The shallow waters around these islands are perfect for observing turtles in their natural environment.


Barbados stands out in the Caribbean's embrace for its thriving hawksbill and green turtle populations. The island's crystal-clear waters serve as a serene backdrop for these gentle marine inhabitants, offering visitors a tranquil snorkeling experience.

Akumal, Mexico

On the Yucatan Peninsula, Akumal, which translates to 'Place of Turtles,' is a focal point for sea turtle conservation and tourism. This small beach town provides a rare opportunity to swim with sea turtles in a regulated, eco-conscious manner, balancing the needs of wildlife and visitors. 

Maui, Hawaii

Maui's Turtle Town, an area along the island’s south coast, is a hotspot for hawksbill and green sea turtles. Here, the unique Hawaiian landscape complements the experience of swimming with these serene creatures.

These destinations offer a chance to swim with sea turtles and emphasize the importance of marine conservation. Swimming with sea turtles is more than a mere encounter; it's an immersion into a world that demands our respect and protection. 

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