Shell Beach Protected Area

The 90-mile stretch of pristine beaches on the northern shores of the country is one of the best conservation hotspots and nesting sites for turtles. March to August is the period when four of the eight sea turtle species of the world, come to lay eggs here. The Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and the Olive Ridley species have made this a regular nesting spot, offering a one-of-a-kind hot spot for wildlife enthusiasts. The nine sections of Shell Beach are passionately protected and can be visited only with permission from the Protected Areas Commission. The leading turtle biologist, Dr. Peter Pritchard, started conservation efforts in1960s. Later, Audley James, an ex-turtle hunter joined hands to fortify efforts. Due in part to its highly remote location and the fact that few people visit, the species continue to thrive here.

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Shell Beach Protected Area

The 90-mile stretch of pristine beaches on the northern shores of the country is one of the best conservation hotspots and nesting sites for turtles. March to August is the period when four of the eight sea turtle species of the world, come to lay eggs here. The Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback and the Olive Ridley species have made this a regular nesting spot, offering a one-of-a-kind hot spot for wildlife enthusiasts. The nine sections of Shell Beach are passionately protected and can be visited only with permission from the Protected Areas Commission. The leading turtle biologist, Dr. Peter Pritchard, started conservation efforts in1960s. Later, Audley James, an ex-turtle hunter joined hands to fortify efforts. Due in part to its highly remote location and the fact that few people visit, the species continue to thrive here.

Getting To And Around

The only way to get to Shell Beach is by boat, as the ecosystem is made of mangroves and swamps. Mabaruma is the main hub and jumping off point for day trips.  Due to the cost of getting there and the optimal viewing times, securing permission from the Protected Areas Commission to overnight at Almond Beach is recommended.

Air

The easiest and fastest route from Georgetown is to take a flight from Eugene F. Correia International Airport to Mabaruma, which takes approximately 50 minutes.

Road

Alternatively, speedboats are available from Charity to Mabaruma. Once in Mabaruma, a boat can be hired from Kumaka Wharf to Almond Beach to see the turtles or to other parts of Shell Beach.

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