The remote beaches of the Andaman and Nicobar islands attract uncounted numbers of female leatherback, hawksbill, green and olive ridley turtles to come ashore and lay their eggs at night from November to March each year. On the populated islands, the buried nests in sanctuary areas are located, excavated and relocated in order to protect these endangered species. The eggs mature in sheltered areas for 45-90 days away from feral animals and other predators like monitor lizards. The small hatchlings then make their way to the water’s edge and begin their dangerous sea journey to adulthood, when the females will return to this same beach. Hired local guides are suggested as the best resource for observing nesting season and being present for hatchings, plus many of the locations offer display signs and educational resources for learning more about these magnificent creatures.
Ross and Smith – the uninhabited sandy beaches in the forest reserve are perfect nesting sites
- North Andaman - the Lamiya Bay turtle hatchery, Ramnagar and Kalipur beaches near Diglipur are prime locations
- Middle Andaman - Moricedera beach, Aamkung beach and Cuthbert Bay turtle sanctuary near Rangat, Dhani Nallah beach and the turtle visitor’s complex at Karmatang beach near Mayabunder
- Little Andaman - South Bay and West Bay monitoring sites are excellent beaches to spot turtles coming ashore to nest