If you ask people who have been to Bali before about Kuta beach most of them will tell you about Australians, surfers, shops, clubs and bars but I bet nobody is going to mention sea turtles.
I have to admit that Kuta beach is not one of my favourites, because it’s horribly crowded and full of Balinese people who want to sell you an all-in-one massage-pedicure-bracelet-sunglasses-package. Bali has so many beaches that are more beautiful! Nevertheless me and my friends decided to go there and hang out for a few hours before dinner. To avoid as many beach vendors as possible we went straight to the end of the beach, which was a really great decision because half an hour later we were watching hundreds of baby turtles on their way into the ocean.
Because in Bali turtle eggs are endangered by turtle traders, dogs and tourists they had been collected by the guys of the Bali Sea Turtle Society before to hatch them safely and then release the turtles into the sea. They make kind of an event of it in order to inform as many people as possible. That’s why nearly all of the kids at the beach got a small bowl of water with “their own” turtle in it so they could see which one will be the fastest to get into the water.
So there we were: four girls with a cuteness overload among a mob of excited kids and their parents. Some people say that the best experiences are the ones you didn’t plan beforehand. In this case I totally agree and from now on I’m going to keep my eyes open for more surprises like that!
If you are interested in the work of the Bali Sea Turtle Society visit their homepage and blog at http://www.baliseaturtle.org