Near the Amerindian village Galibi, the Marowijne river flows from the Atlantic Ocean. At approx. one hour by boat from the village lies the unique nature reserve named: Babunsanti. On the sand beaches of Babunsanti and Eilanti
thousands of sea turtles come each year to lay their eggs (season February – August). At night it is possible to observe these unique nature phenomena: an experience you will not easily forget.
Origin and general information
Galibi is the collective name for two Amerindian villages Christiaankondre and Langamankondre. In the slavery period, the first indigenous people settled in this area. With 750 inhabitants, Galibi has in the meantime developed into a rather large community.
You depart by bus around 08.00 hrs from Paramaribo, over the East-West connecting road to Albina. The trip takes approx. 2½ hours. On the way, the guide gives information about the history of the area and interesting places along the route. During the stop at Stolkertsijver you enjoy a bread roll and a drink. In Albina a dug-out canoe is ready to continue the trip through the large estuary of the Marowijne river to Christiaankondre.
Depending on the tide the boat trip takes 1½ to 2 hours. After arrival, lunch is served and you can relax or stroll around on the beach. In the afternoon you go for a walk in the village with the opportunity to purchase souvenirs. After dinner, the boat takes you back to Babusanti. There you can see how the enormous sea turtles dig a hole in the beach to lay their eggs.
Your overnight stay is in the holiday lodge at Christiaankondre. Outside the sea turtle season, the visit to the sea turtle beach Babunsanti is replaced with a cultural-musical evening in the village.
After breakfast, the guide takes you for a walk on the beach and you have the opportunity to swim in the river. Afterwards it is time for the return trip by boat to Albina. After lunch, departure by bus to Paramaribo.
Included in the tour
Transportation by bus and boat, accommodation, meals, drinks (non-alcoholic), tour guide (Dutch/English speaking). We consider a special diet if you indicate this at your booking.
The rooms (2 to 4 persons) have beds with mosquito nets. Shared use of sanitary facilities.
Departure time: 08.00 hrs from Hotel Residence Inn or pick up at one of the large hotels in Paramaribo. Return the following day: 17.00 hrs. Drop off at the location where you were picked up.
What to bring along: a bath towel, swimwear, leisure clothing and a shirt with long sleeves. Bring along sufficient clothing. You can get wet in the boat by the splashing water and it can be chilly during the boat trip at night. Flip-flops or water sandals, sunblock, cap or sunhat, raincoat or poncho, insect repellent, small back-pack to take along extra drinking water for on the way and to protect your film/video camera against the splashing water, small Surinamese cash for purchase of souvenirs and other personal expenses.
Note: In order not to disturb the sea turtles we request you urgently to strictly follow the instructions of the guide during the visit to the beach where they lay their eggs.