Did you know that Phuket is home to five different species of sea turtles? They have been nesting for thousands of years on our island and the only beach where they do so now is Mai Khao Beach near the airport.
The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation was launched in 2002 during the grand opening of JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa to raise funds and awareness of the endangered leatherback turtles.
Over the recent years, the Foundation has broadened its environmental projects to not only conservation of the leatherback turtles, but also the environment, with the involvement of local communities, schools, universities and governmental organisations.
These activities include beach and reef cleaning, educational workshops, recycling projects, tree planting, turtle rescue/release and support of other marine conservation organizations.
The future of sea turtles mainly depends on the actions of the human race. If we continue to avoid these issues we run the risk of reducing the sea turtle population to dangerously low levels.
We at Isabella Yachts Phuket, have been proudly supporting the foundation since we first opened in 2013. We love to take part during their activities, but as well, we provide free copies of “Phuket Sea Turtles Biology and Conservation” books to our clients. By booking a private boat trip with us, not only they are already helping our seas turtles, but they can get a better understanding of what the foundation is all about.
These books are written by the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation then translated from Thai to English by the students of Kajonkietsuksa School and are available to buy at 300THB each, which will of course go all to the turtles.
A very interesting book to read for all ages with plenty of pictures and all information about how the foundation, together with the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, are helping preserving our local species and at the same time, educating the local communities with these issues.
If you wish to take part on any activity or simply buy one book to learn more about Phuket sea turtles please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org +66(0)828040049 or visit www.maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org