Sea turtle nesting and hatching at Rosalie Bay
Witness a spectacular ancient ritual that dates back to the time of the dinosaurs. Every year between March and October three species of endangered sea turtles – the Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill – nest and hatch on our black sand beach.
Like many of our guests, these amazing creatures travel great distances to be in Dominica – sometimes from as far away as Canada, Europe and Africa.
Sea turtle watching
Rosalie Bay Resort provides guests and visitors with the opportunity to learn more about sea turtles and experience this amazing sight.
During turtle season, guests are invited to join our turtle expert Simon on a guided educational walk along the black sand beach.
Guests can also sign up for wake-up calls to watch sea turtles up-close as they come ashore to lay their eggs or when the tiny turtles hatch and make their way out to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an amazing site that you will never forget! Read what National Geographic Traveler had to say about witnessing a giant leatherback turtle nest on our beach.
Sea turtle conservation
It was a thrilling discovery when Rosalie Bay Resort owner Beverly Deikel and her partner Oscar first discovered sea turtles nesting on the property. To ensure future generations get to know these creatures, they established the first sea turtle protection efforts on Dominica.
Originally named RoSTI, the Rosalie Sea Turtle Initiative engages locals and guests in opportunities to help in the recovery of sea turtles on the island and throughout the Caribbean. The program includes night patrol during nesting season, clean up on nesting beaches, education programs and data collection. In 2003, there were just seven leatherback nests. By 2010, there were 69 nests of three species of sea turtles – leatherback, hawksbill and green – and a 100% survival with all nesting species protected.
The initiative began at Rosalie Bay, but has now expanded throughout Dominica. In 2012, Travel + Leisure recognized Rosalie Bay Resort’s efforts with a Global Vision Award for Conservation.