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Saving The Turtles

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle has long made our island and its beautiful beaches one of its favorite nesting spots along the Atlantic Coast. The Loggerhead is a threatened species and is federally protected.

It is at nighttime when the female turtle returns to the same beach from where she was born and lays up to 100 eggs: carefully covering the nest with sand before returning to sea. After a two month incubation period the hatchlings arrive and begin their journey to the safety of the ocean by following the natural light of the moon. It is believed that only 1 in approximately 1000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood.

The Town of Hilton Head Island recognizes the need to protect the Loggerhead Sea Turtles and has enacted an ordinance requiring that all outdoor lights on oceanfront properties be turned off after 10 pm between the months of May 1st and October 31st.

Sea Turtle Getaways has adopted the Loggerhead Sea Turtle as a symbol of our unique environment and will be making a donation to the South Carolina Aquarium's "Sea Turtle Rescue Program". The Sea Turtle Rescue Program successfully treats and releases injured and ill Sea Turtles found along the East Coast all the way from Maine to Georgia. Tours of the Sea Turtle Hospital can be arranged by contacting the South Carolina Aquarium.

In place of the traditional "booking fee" Sea Turtles Getaways will be asking for a $5.00 donation from each reservation in an effort to save these majestic creatures. Since 2004, your contributions have added up to more than $5,000.00 annually in support of this program. Thank You!