Set on an isolated beach in the Akamas peninsula, the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station presides over the shelled creatures who come here every year to nest. Devoted conservationists keep an eye on the green and loggerhead turtles, safeguarding the eggs and young hatchlings and educating the public.
The wellbeing of the turtles and their hatchlings depends on delicate circumstances. Therefore, it’s best to visit the Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station as part of a tour with an experienced guide. The turtle station is home to Caretta Caretta and Green Turtles. As the species is at a threat of getting extinct, the conservation station in Cyprus has kept their conservation in priority. The conservation center is extremely informative.
Lara Bay Turtle Conservation is a must for nature and animal lovers. If you plan on spending a few hours at the beach, bring water and snacks. Unfortunately, neither the conservation station nor the beach is wheelchair friendly since rocks, sand and uneven surfaces make access difficult.
Lara Bay Turtle Conservation Station is on Lara Beach, about 17 miles (27 kilometers) north of Pafos. The access road to Lara Beach is rough and unpaved; it’s best suited to travelers with a four-wheel drive.
Egg-laying season usually lasts from May to August. This is the best time to go since you’ll have a higher chance of seeing newly hatched turtles in the conservatory’s water tanks.
Wildlife thrives on the remote and undeveloped Lara Beach, and turtles aren’t the only species you might find. You may also see wild rabbits, foxes and various reptiles, goats, as well as mouflons, a kind of wild sheep that can only be found in Cyprus. Nearer the shore, you may even spot seals, which are known to frequent the nearby sea caves.