This is a conservation project that was founded by a Balinese local, Wayan Wiradnyana, in 2001. The busy coast of Bali (and especially Kuta) is a popular place for turtles to lay their eggs, so BSTS rescues the eggs and protects them until the turtles are hatched and ready to be released into the wild.

The Kuta sea turtle release is a free volunteer activity open to anyone, including tourists. Donations are welcome, but it’s completely free — you don’t have to pay anything to release a turtle. The only thing you have to do is get in line early enough to get a ticket because there is a limited number of turtles and lots of people want to release them.

After you turn in your ticket at the front, they will give you your baby sea turtle in a lidless plastic container with some water in it. There will be some turtles that don’t stay still but always want to climb out, so be sure to keep an eye on your turtle to make sure it doesn’t fall!

Once everyone has their turtles, BSTS will gather everyone together at Kuta Beach (less than 50 meters away) behind a blue rope on the sand. When they give the signal, everyone can release their turtles and watch them run to the ocean.

The turtle release takes place at 4:30 p.m., and tickets typically begin to be distributed at 4 p.m. You should visit the BSTS Facebook page to update the latest information such as the drop-off schedule and ticket availability, but sometimes they are too busy to update the information so you can call the center directly to ask in advance.

Several organizations are working with turtle conservation in Bali, but BSTS is the best known and seems to have the best management.

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