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Located on Trinidad's east coast, Matura is one of the largest nesting sites for leatherback turtles in the Caribbean, with the breeding season lasting from April to August.

Females generally lay their eggs between April and May, and these start to hatch from June up until August. Once ashore, the females dig a nest with their rear flippers and lay roughly 80 eggs before concealing  them. Turtles can nest more than five times during the breeding season, and it takes roughly two months for the eggs to hatch. When the hatchlings leave the nest, they make their way directly to the ocean.

Poaching was previously an issue, however sustained conservation efforts and anti-poaching legislation has greatly reduced this risk. Each turtle that arrives on the beach is measured, tagged and checked for disease, and data are collected throughout the breeding season. This conservation work is of vital importance as the leatherback turtle is a highly endangered species.  

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: leatherback turtle, brown pelican, magnificent frigatebird, black vulture, red howler monkey
  • Where: Trinidad, Trinidad & Tobago

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

A Carnival of Wildlife

Swing through the lesser known parts of Trinidad and Tobago to witness the diversity of its wildlife: Trinidad’s national bird – the iconic scarlet ibis, the curious cave-dwelling oilbird, the mysterious colony of bats at Tamana and the world's largest brain coral in Tobago.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Caribbean Wilderness

Journey to the Caribbean to explore untouched rainforest, sprawling savannahs and tropical reefs that offer a variety of captivating wildlife encounters and incredible nature experiences. This itinerary combines birding in Trinidad with the diverse wildlife and scenery of Guyana, before a few days relaxation in Tobago.

  • When to go: Sep-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 19 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,645 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea