Turtle protection & conservation

In Las Tunas

general overview

This volunteer opportunity is for anyone with a love for animals, nature and the beach. The project offers a great combination between conservation & community.

Sea turtles find the perfect place to nest in this area, due to the tranquility and cleanliness of its beaches. One of the most important projects in the area is the monitoring of sea turtle nests found on the beaches of Las Tunas, Puerto Rico and Ayampe. The projects and the volunteering program are managed by the community of Manabí. They have dedicated more than 10 years under the concept “No Nature, No Life” to managing and creating community tourism projects, conservation and preservation of forests and their surroundings.

Title Address Description
Puerto Lopez ecuador

las Tunas


wildlife conservation




Turtle rescue and conservation 
In Las Tunas, ecuador

The marine area in front of Puerto López is a mating and reproduction area for humpback whales, which travel every year from Antarctica to Ecuador. There is an estimated 6,000 South Pacific humpback whales population. In addition, it is common to find around the marine area of Isla de la Plata other species of marine mammals such as bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins, killer whales, tropical whales among other fifteen more registered species.
The research is carried out in whale watching boats that are used for research and in research boats, for sampling and recording of whale songs. In Ecuador we have a catalog of more than 3,000 humpback whales photo identified by tail patterns. All researchers will take photographs and identify the whales observed in our research center located in Puerto López, Manabí, Ecuador.

Volunteering for this project is possible between the months of June through October. You do not need previous experience, or any university degree to participate in volunteering. You only need love for the sea, whales and nature; enthusiasm to meet new places and people; daily strength and energy; desire to learn and work long hours at sea and in the office.

What is included?

    • Project donation
    • Orientation meeting
    • Local support volunteer coordinator
    • 13 nights accommodation in dorms in a beachfront hostel.
    • Breakfast and welcome dinner
    • Transport to the different projects

What is NOT included?

  • Pre and post stay in Guayaquil
  • Medical insurance (mandatory to confirm the reservation).
  • Transport to the project

What to consider…

  • Projects starts and ends on Mondays.
  • Available all year round
  • Longer stays are possible upon request
  • Private room upon request
  • Poor wiFi
  • Work can be physically demanding
  • Maximum of 25 volunteers


Some examples of the activities:
• Cleaning Las Tunas beach and cleaning the Ayampe river
• Reforestation plan of more than 100 hectares in a reserve in Ayampe
• Permaculture and development of recycling systems
• Direct interaction with the community, education programs environment for people in the community and for volunteers
• Watching and monitoring the turtle´s nest (you could see the eggs hatching)
• Compost making


Upon your arrival in Las Tunas (Sunday) the Project Coordinator will be waiting for you to give you an orientation about your accommodation and explore the village. You will also have a 30 minutes’ presentation about the program schedule and turtle´s ecology and environmental programs. On the evening a welcome dinner will be organized for you.

Sunday evenings the Project Coordinator will make together with you the work schedule for the week and note this on a whiteboard. Monday the project coordinator will give you an orientation in situ, the activities are: Turtle nesting monitoring, beach cleaning, reforestation, community empowerment, making handcrafts of recycling and natural materials.

You will be working each day between 4 and 5 hours in the project. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy the beach, surf, play volley or soccer with locals or relax. It’s possible to book optional Spanish classes, surf classes and salsa dance classes for the afternoon.

On Thursday evening, a cocktail is organized for the volunteers. During the weekend, you’ll enjoy some free time to discover the magical places around Las Tunas.

Sunday evening the Project Coordinator will plan with you the work for the new week & their expectation. A welcome dinner for the new volunteers will be organized, you are more than welcome to join it (not included).


Volunteers will have time to enjoy the incredible places Las Tunas and the surroundings offer, like Puerto Lopez and the breathtaking beach Los Frailes Natural Reserve. Discover the magic of Isla de la Plata (Also known as Little Galapagos), spot humpback whales (from June until October), or enjoy the vibrant surf, and party in the beach village Montañita or Ayampe (only 5 minuts from Las Tunas). You can also explore, the Ayampe Forest Reserve, where you can hike, horseback ride, or go bird watching.


Volunteers will be stay in a beach front hostel.

The rooms are dorm style based on gender and have xx beds

There is a kitchen available for you to use and to prepare your meals.

about Las Tunas

Las Tunas is a beach located south of Manabí, 190 km north of Guayaquil, and close to the popular beach villages; Montanita, Ayampe and Puerto Lopez. It is a small village with around 1600 inhabitants. Las Tunas beach is known for its natural beauty, its crystal-clear sea waters, its gastronomy and for its community of friendly farmers and fishermen. Manabí province, in Ecuador, considered to be one of the most interesting areas to know in the country. Rich and proud in their culture, you can enjoy delicious typical food, as well as learn about the history of the different places around Las Tunas.

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