【Okinawa Travel Info】Tourist information for Okinawa,Japan

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Nesting Season from May to August – The Peak Season for Seeing Sea Turtles

Spawning Time Between May and August - A High Season To See Sea Turtles

“I want to swim with sea turtles!”
Okinawa’s ocean can make that dream come true.

The Yaeyama Islands, Kerama Islands, Northern Area of Okinawa, Motobu Town, and Onna Village in central Okinawa are known as areas with a high chance of seeing sea turtles.

Seeing and swimming with the sea turtle inside the beautiful ocean is a very impressive experience.

They swim as if they’re flying in the sky, and you’ll never get tired of watching them.

The nesting season is from May to August, and many sea turtles will begin to gather near shallow areas to look for its nesting ground.

If you find traces in the sand that looks like a caterpillar, then it’s a sign that the mother sea turtle was ashore the previous night.

The mother sea turtle will lay about 100 to 150 eggs at a time that look like ping-pong balls.
The eggs will hatch 2 months later, but only 1 or 2 babies will be able to grow into full adults.

Many times, baby sea turtles get eaten by seabirds and adults get caught by fishing boats, or others die eating a plastic bag thinking it’s a jellyfish.
In the past, sea turtles were captured for bekko (tortoiseshell), food, medicine, decimating the sea turtle population.

In Okinawa, you will be able to see 3 types of sea turtles: the loggerhead sea turtle, the green sea turtle, and the hawksbill sea turtle. These are all endangered species.

If you are fortunate enough to see a sea turtle, please watch over it gently without disturbing it.