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Zakynthos Greece Sea Turtle Conservation

Greek Islands
, Zakynthos
, Kefalonia
, Sea turtle conservation
, Ionian Eco-Villages
, Ionian Sea
, Earth Sea Sky, Greece, Europe, Mediterranean

from $3,495* per person 14 Days June
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: inside/out Adventures 12 people max
  • Athens, greece
  • Volunteer Vacations trips
Your project work will focus on assisting in the construction of a new sea turtle rehabilitation center on the island, monitoring sea turtle nesting activity and a beach clean up. You may have the opportunity to assist technical volunteers with hands on sea turtle assistance, but our project will surround protection, education and work on rehabilitation facilities. The Mediterranean Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an endangered species with its primary nesting grounds on the beaches of Gerakas, adjacent to where you will live, work and play during your adventure.  We will stay in small local eco-village accommodations, family-owned and operated. Food is locally grown and organic.

Adventure activities include a trek up Mt. Skopos, snorkeling and a 2-day catamaran sailing tour of the Ionian Sea where you will have the option of actively learning and participating in the sailing of the vessel or relaxing and enjoying the sea tour. There may be opportunities for you to see and swim with turtles in the wild.

Our work will have a longer lasting impact in sustaining the viability of the species, whose continued reproduction is threatened by tourism and development.  This area is home to the Mediterranean Monk Seal as well, with a population of these seals living in near proximity to our eco lodges.

We will also spend a day at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in Athens, touring the facility and volunteering with the sea turtles in rehabilitation there. We'll have a few extra days in Athens to explore the ancient city.

Locations visited/nearby

Greek Islands , Zakynthos , Kefalonia , Sea turtle conservation , Ionian Eco-Villages , Ionian Sea , Earth Sea Sky, Greece, Europe, Mediterranean

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Special information

  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary


June 2
Arrive in Athens
Overnight in Athens

June 3
Tour and volunteer at sea turtle rescue center in Glyfada
Overnight in Athens

June 4
Travel by bus & ferry to Zakynthos
4 hrs Athens to Kyllini by bus, 1 hour ferry
Orientation for project
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 5
Project work building new rescue facility in Gerakas
Monitor and report turtle nesting activity
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 6
Project work building new rescue facility in Gerakas
Monitor and report turtle nesting activity
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 7
Project work building new rescue facility in Gerakas
Monitor and report turtle nesting activity
Distribute educational materials in the local community, handing out leaflets and interacting with local population
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 8
Beach clean up day.  Collect and remove litter from turtle nesting beaches
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 9
Trekking up Mt. Skopos (moderately easy hike, approximately 8km)
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 10
Snorkeling
Overnight in Gerakas, Ionian Eco Village

June 11-12
Active sailing adventure around Ionian islands, with optional hands on participation as an active crew member on the excursion.  Instruction provided.  Active participation is optional.

June 13
Return by ferry 1 hour, and bus to Athens, 4 hrs.
Overnight in Athens

June 14
Free day in Athens
Overnight in Athens

June 15
Send off and departure

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