Help save the turtles at Jumby Bay, Antigua
Jumby Bay is where opulent, Caribbean resort-living blends seamlessly with a number of successful wildlife conservation initiatives. With a gorgeous location on a private island off Antigua and the opportunity to immerse yourself in activities including the renowned Hawksbill Turtle Program, what more could the ecologically minded luxury traveller ask for?
There are plenty of reasons to holiday at Jumby Bay. Fantastic accommodation, laid-back island atmosphere, fine dining and stunning beaches abound. The icing on the cake is the sense of total peace and seclusion. There are no cars here, and you will be inspired to explore the island’s 300 acres by bicycle, giving you plenty of time to stop and admire the tropical beauty in all its glory.
A haven for wildlife, you’ll discover species including Black-Headed Persian Sheep that roam freely across the island, and birdlife like hummingbirds and Blue Pelicans that live on the waterfowl sanctuary. But it’s the Hawksbill Turtle Preservation Program that guests really love. Started in 1987, it’s the longest-running, privately funded project of its kind.
Set up to monitor the colony of Hawksbill Turtles that nest on Pasture Beach each year, it plays a very important role in the research and conservation of these adorable, endangered sea creatures. During nesting season between June and November, female turtles haul themselves up onto the sands, find a spot that suits them, and dig a safe place to lay eggs.
You can take part in activities including guided tours of the turtles’ habitat and the nightly ‘turtle watch’ where you might be lucky enough to see some babies hatch. If you’re travelling with your own little ones, Jumby’s Rose Buds kids’ club offers them the opportunity to release hatchlings into the sea, if you’re around at the right time, of course. Families can also adopt a turtle and track its progress through the summer nesting season whilst back at home, through regular updates on the Jumby Bay Facebook page.
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