Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) 'Honu kai'

The most common turtle in the Cook Islands.

It nests on many of our beaches, especially on the remote atolls.

 See Conservation, Research & Teaching pages

Hawksbill  (Eretmochelys imbricata) 'Honu tara'

Very rare
& 'critically-endangered'. We do see juveniles on our reefs,
but so far no nesting has been found nationally. This photo shows
an  adult male foraging in an unusual habitat (Egypt).

Leatherback  (Dermochelys coriacea)

An oceanic wanderer: occasionally it is caught accidentally in our
offshore fisheries. It is very rare & critically-endangered. It might nest,
but we have no data so far, This species can weigh 900 kg.

 Flatback (Natator depressus)

This usually just lives around Australia & Torres Straits. It could possibly migrate here.