Matapalo usually has an annual marine turtle festival. Held sometime toward the end of the year, the festival includes a weekend of games, entertainment and refreshments. One of the highlights involves local school children releasing baby turtles onto the beach from the hatchery. To find out details and dates call the ASVO (Asociacion de Voluntarios para el Servicio en las Areas Protegidas) 258-4430/ 223-4518, cellphone: 8840-7646. Otherwise contact Quepolandia at 2777-3634.