White Sand and Turquoise Sea: La Tortuga Island

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My La Tortuga Island ( Isla La Tortuga) trip started from Higuerote, a seaside city in Venezuela. After staying one night in this city, I started to walk to the harbour in the early hours of the morning (05:30). Streets were empty and I was a little nervous. In these early hours, I was welcoming to all the possible dangers with my backpacks. While I was walking I heard Latin songs. The volume was so high. While I was walking quickly, at the same time I was checking the direction of the sound.

I arrived the harbour in 10 minutes. As soon as I arrived the harbour, they controlled my name from the listed. After finding my name on the list, they asked me to pay 200 Bs (30 cents) as a tax. After the payment they give you a paper. When this process finished I started to walk to the boat area. While I was thinking nobody would be there at this early hour, to see a big group of people made be relax. It is now to calm down and to wait the boat.

Boat Trip

You can reach to La Tortuga island after 3 hours boat trip from Higuorete. Sometimes the trip, done offshore and by 10 person boats, could be difficult, bumpy and scary. I should say that this trip wouldn’t be so easy for you, if you are affraid of sea and having seasickness.  Although it is a long and challenging journey, flying fish and dolphins would make your trip more enjoyable.

Boat Trip

Boat Trip

Welcome To Island

When the colour of the sea is changing from dark gray to navy blue and from navy blue to turquoise blue, you can be sure that you are geting closer to the island. The whiteness appears away is the first image of the white sandy beaches. When you step on the island go and fin your tent first, then go and enjoy the sea. Because this hot tropical water is the best way to be relax after this long trip.

Arriving to the Island

Arriving to the Island

You stay in the tent on the island. Because, it is banned to build buildings on the island. As far as I am concerned this is so good. Otherwise, you can not save this beauty. The tour package includes lunch and dinner. You do not need to think about it. There may be a tour after lunch. They take you to another island. The cost of the tour was 3.000 BS (12 TL). I recommend you take this tour. In that island you will swim, walk on the beach and enjoy your time with your friends. It takes only 30 minutes to go by boat. All the tour takes approximately 3 hours.

Tents

Tents

When you come back to La Tortuga, take your drink and be ready for the sunset. The island has a very beautiful sunset. After enjoying the sunset you will have your dinner. Then you may have a party or a silent night.

I recommend you to wake up early next day morning and to have a walk on the beach and to swim. After that you can have your breakfast and be ready for going back.

I made a one night trip, but you can also spend more nights there. It does not matter how long you stay on the island, you should take into account my recommendations.

  • Do not forget your sun cream, swimsuit, flip flops, sun glasses and hat.
  • If you can, bring your drinks in a cooler bag.
  • When you are coming to island by boat try to seat on left hand side, when you are leaving the island by boat try to seat on the right hand side. So, you can avoid the sun lights.
  • Do not forget to use your sun cream during the day.
  • Due to using the forrest as a toilet, do not forget to bring your hygienically stuff.
  • Due to the lack of electricity, do not forget to bring portable light.
  • Always be sure that your tent is closed.
  • You can see dolphins during your visit. So always be ready your camera to take a video of them.
  • Do not go to boat trip when you are alcoholic and full of food.

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