Discover sea turtles on a flotilla sailing holiday

Posted: 2nd March 2017

A sea turtle swims past in crystal clear water

What could be more exciting that watching the majestic loggerhead sea turtle cruise the waters of Kefalonia? At BeyondBeach, you can see the beautiful sea turtles on a flotilla sailing holiday! Or, if you prefer to stay on land, observe these fascinating creatures during one of our beach club holidays.

The stunning sea turtle – also known as Caretta caretta – comes to nest and forage on the sandy southern shorelines of Kefalonia, migrating across the Mediterranean Sea to find food and warmer climes over the winter months.

Sea turtles on a flotilla sailing holiday

Our yacht charter holidays and flotilla sailing holidays provide the perfect opportunity to witness these gorgeous creatures in their natural habitat. And the clear, turquoise seas offer the perfect viewing spot. Watch them glide elegantly through the water – many of which come up close to the boats for the friendly nose about.

We can arrange some of the most exceptional flotilla and yacht charter holidays Greece has to offer. Whether you are looking for a new experience on our learn to sail holidays, or you are an expert sailor requiring a state-of-the-art yacht, we can accommodate any requirement.

Facts about the loggerhead

The loggerhead is one of the oldest species of sea turtle in the world. Distinguishing features include a large head, reddish-brown shell and yellow/brown skin. Fully grown loggerheads can grow to a length of 1-1.2 m and they weigh approximately 100-385 kg.

On average, the loggerhead lives to around 65 years. They are toothless, though their jaws are incredibly powerful, capable of crushing molluscs and crustaceans. This species also feeds on jellyfish and fish, among other small sea creatures.

sea turtles on a sailing holiday greece, kefalonia

Mating season for sea turtles in Kefalonia

The sea turtles reach reproductive age at around 17-25 years old. Mating season begins in late March and continues until early June. The loggerheads start mating while they are still offshore, or when they first reach the nesting beaches.

A single female may mate with several different males, and as a result, her eggs could be fertilised by up to five different partners. They lay their eggs in the warm sands of Kefalonia, which take around 55 days of incubation before the hatchlings come out and head straight to the waters. The last babies hatch in early October, thus marking the end of the mating season.

Sea turtle conservation

Home to a diverse range of marine life, Kefalonia has been dedicated to protecting its wildlife in the face of rising tourism and development. Environmental organisations such as the Katelios Group and Wildlife Sense are passionate about conserving, researching and monitoring the endangered Loggerhead.

These teams patrol the beaches of Kefalonia during the reproduction period, monitoring nesting activity and protecting conservation sites. Identified sites are recorded and marked as successful, protected areas.

As the young sea turtles head towards the sea, teams research and record hatching events and aim to prevent any accidents or damaging effects such as light pollution – which cause the hatchlings to become disorientated and crawl in the wrong direction, thus never making it to the sea. Wildlife groups aim to provide shade to ensure they make it to the waters quickly.

Observe wildlife on our beach club holidays

If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on land, our beach club holidays are well-positioned in the south of Kefalonia to view the loggerhead sea turtles as they make their way to the warm sands of the island to begin their mating season.

Watch the sea turtles as they nest, grab a dinghy and sail around the coastline, enjoy a homemade meal at our local taverna or try your hand at windsurfing – the possibilities are endless!

Get in touch with BeyondBeach today to find out more about the best times to see the loggerhead sea turtles, and to book your epic sailing and beach club holidays today.