Sea Turtle Camp Hawaii
*Please note that the 2020 Hawaii Program will be an ALL-GIRLS’ trip!
Come join in the aloha spirit while learning about Hawaiian sea turtles and other marine life in tropical paradise. With both state and federal protection, the population of green sea turtles (known locally as honu) appears to be on the rebound, giving you numerous opportunities to learn about them and their habits on land and in the water. We’ll even get to learn about sea turtle research projects and exam the feeding habits of green sea turtles.
Students will get to work with the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology’s Education Program to learn real hands-on research techniques from marine biologists. They will get to collect their own plankton samples, observe their samples under a microscope, and will learn the art of scientific drawing. Students will then get to learn about invasive species and about the current research being conducted in Kane’ohe Bay.
Join other teens on a journey through the incredible island of Oahu for an adventure you will never forget. When not working with sea life, we’ll immerse you in some of the most beautiful, famous and treasured landmarks the island has to offer. We’ll surf the breaks of the North Shore, paddle the waters of Waikiki, snorkel over beautiful coral reefs and even dine at an authentic Hawaiian luau. While on the island we’ll also soak up the history and culture by hiking Diamond Head Crater, learning about Native Hawaiians at the Polynesian Cultural Center and going on a guided tour of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
This program is designed for teens ages 14-17 that are passionate about sea turtle conservation and looking for a tropical adventure abroad. Join us on our next trip as we:
- Learn about real scientific research from marine biologists
- Collect data as part of scientific research
- Hike Diamond Head Center
- Dine at an authentic Hawaiian luau
- Surf the waves at the North Shore
- Snorkel the coral reefs that fringe the island
- Earn thirty hours of community service credit
Camp tuition includes: all lodging, meals, 24-hour same gender adult supervision (5:1 camper to staff ratio), shuttle to and from the Honolulu International Airport (HNL), equipment, daily transportation, t-shirt, activity fees, community service certificate and group photo. Campers are responsible for round trip airfare to Honolulu and additional money for souvenirs.
Oahu is home to some of the most diverse marine ecosystems and tropical rainforest habitats, and you will have the opportunity to explore it all from the waves of the North Shore to the reefs along the southern side of the island. This adventure provides teenagers with the opportunity to learn more about marine biology through hands-on, feet-wet experiential educational. You’ll get the extraordinary opportunity to work hands-on with sea turtles and other marine life, as well as participate in some amazing daily activities designed to teach you through experience instead of out of a textbook.
During this 14-day adventure you will:
- Collect data phytoplankton
- Dine at an authentic Hawaiian luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center
- Surf the waves at the North Shore
- Snorkel the coral reefs that fringe the island
- Stand Up Paddleboard tour of the Oahu coastline
- Explore the exhibits at the Waikiki Aquarium
- Learn about US history at the USS Arizona Memorial
- Find hidden animals at the tidepools
University of Hawaii at Mānoa
Founded in 1907, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii System. A destination of choice, students and faculty come from across the nation and the world to take advantage of UH Mānoa’s unique research opportunities, diverse community, nationally-ranked Division I athletic program and beautiful landscape. Located in the stunning Mānoa Valley just outside downtown Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, this 320 acre campus serves as home base for our entire stay.
Only a short drive from the South Shore, Hawaii’s most consistent and popular wave riding location in the summers, UH gives us access to all that the South Shore has to offer. We are within only a couple of miles from Diamond Head Crater, one of Oahu’s ancient volcanic relics. Hopping on the H1 Highway will take us straight to Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, and on up to the North Shore which is the most popular surfing destination in the world. Nearly every world champion surfer has been crowned here, which is appropriate since this is where surfing was born. We will explore the reefs by snorkeling and free diving, and enjoy the majesty of the Seven Mile Miracle that is the North Shore from Haleiwa up to Sunset Beach.
No matter what side of the island we are on, the water visibility is incredible and the water temperature is perfect! Each day we’ll ride the waves above and snorkel the depths below to discover all of the life that Hawaii has to offer, then head back to the dorms for a good night’s rest within the beautiful Mānoa Valley.
What kind of community service will I be doing?
- At Sea Turtle Camp service is the most rewarding part of our program, and we like to think of it as service learning. You will work staff at the Sea Life Park to support the care, cleaning and feeding of sea turtles as well as other marine animals. In addition we will conduct beach sweeps and work with local conservation organizations.
Should I bring a friend?
- While most participants come alone, you are welcome to come with a friend.
Can I call home during camp?
- We have all campers check in with their parents upon arrival, but we have limited parental contact for the duration of the camp. Sea Turtle Camp is a growing experience, and we find that young people do best and gain confidence through independence. Campers are NOT allowed to carry cell phones at any time during camp. Any cell phones brought to camp will be collected upon arrival and returned upon departure. Parents will be updated through emails and the many pictures we’ll be posting on Facebook throughout the trip! We will provide an after-hours number to reach the office in the event of an emergency.
How old are the campers I will be rooming with?
- Roommates are grouped together by age in order to enhance the overall level of comfort.
I am a finicky eater. Can you cater to special diets?
- Yes we can. We know how important it is to eat healthy meals when you are outside and at the beach all day long. We’ll ask you in a questionnaire what types of food, snacks, and drinks you prefer.
What do I need to bring?
- A complete packing list will be included with your informational registration packet.
What sort of payment do you accept?
- We accept checks, money orders, or VISA/MC/AMEX credit cards. All credit card payments are processed online using a secure server. There is a $50 service charge for all returned checks. With the exception of the trip deposit, a 3% credit card surcharge will be assessed to all payments made by credit card. Please review our cancellation policy. Deposits are not refundable after acceptance into a program.
What airport is best to fly into for your program, and do you provide a shuttle service?
- The best airport to fly into is the Honolulu International Airport (HNL), which is located a short drive from our housing at the University of Hawaii Manoa. The shuttle cost to and from this airport is included in program tuition.
What if I can’t get in by the set check in time?
- Please contact our Program Coordinator to discuss arrivals and departures outside of our preferred times. In order to avoid extra fees and missing any planned activities, participants should between 1:00 and 4:00 pm on the first day of camp and depart between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm on the last day or camp.
What if my luggage doesn’t make it?
- Occasionally the airlines will misplace luggage or your suitcases will miss connecting flights. We recommend keeping essentials, such as medications, toiletries, bathing suit, and extra change of clothes, in their carry-on luggage just in case.
What is your cancellation policy?
- Sea Turtle Camp is an extremely high quality, tight margined program, with limited space. Therefore, once your student has been accepted into the program, exceptions to this policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather or personal emergencies. Please review the terms of our cancellation policy. In order to enroll in camp you must agree to these terms.
Do you have insurance?
- We carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.
How much spending money should I bring?
- We recommend campers bring $50 to $75 per week of camp. This is for snacks, souvenirs or gifts you wish to purchase while at camp.
Does my child need to know how to swim to be able to attend this program?
- Yes. Due to the nature of this program, all campers must be able to swim and have a basic level of comfort in the water.