With a well-signed headquarters on the main road in the centre of Matura, Nature Seekers (t 668 7337, w natureseekers.org) was established in 1990, and is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who patrol the beach and educate locals and visitors on the importance of conserving this endangered species. Most volunteers come from the local community, whose indiscriminate poaching was once the main cause of concern for turtle numbers here. Now, they earn a living as guides, patrol the beach day and night, and move nests from at-risk areas, which saves hundreds of turtles every year. During the nesting season (March–Aug), Nature Seekers arrange turtle-watching tours (US$20) that allow you to view the amazing laying process and provide the opportunity to get involved in tagging and recording; you can also become a conservation volunteer here for a longer period. The institution also offers accommodation in the village at Suzan’s Guest House (t 398 3038; TT$400), where rooms have a/c and private bathroom; and arranges hiking and river kayaking trips. They also make and sell attractive jewellery, imaginatively fashioned from oddments found on the beach with gold or silver chains.

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