Witness sea turtles nesting and hatching at Rosalie Bay

Every year, from March to October, Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles nest and hatch at Rosalie Bay Resort.

From witnessing a 1,000-pound Leatherback turtle crawling ashore to holding a hatchling that is smaller than a baby’s footprint, turtle season offers a vacation experience that is unforgettable and simply magical.

Protecting endangered sea turtles

It was a thrilling discovery when Rosalie Bay Resort owner Bev Deikel and her partner Oscar discovered sea turtles nesting on the property. To protect these creatures for future generations, the two worked with WIDECAST and founded the first sea turtle conservation program on Dominica.

This successful program began at Rosalie Bay, but has become island wide. In 2003, there were just seven leatherback nests. By 2010, there were 69 nests of three species of sea turtles and a 100% survival with all nesting species protected.

Sea turtle season activities

  • Educational walk – Learn more about these endangered creatures and our conservation efforts with a guided walk with our turtle expert Simon along the beach.
  • Sea turtle nesting – Since sea turtles are most likely to nest at night, we offer a Turtle Wake-Up Call for interested guests. Imagine seeing a giant sea turtle appear and crawl on the sand to lay eggs! It’s a magical moment you won’t want to miss.
  • Sea turtle hatching – Another magical moment is when the tiny hatchlings emerge from their nest for their initial journey to sea. Some nests hatch naturally, while others have a scheduled assisted release in the evening to increase their chances of survival.
  • Participate in conservation efforts – Guests are invited to help in our efforts, including patrolling the beach to protect nesting turtles, assisting researchers in collecting data, or watching our experts relocate nests that are too close to the ocean to our turtle hatchery.
  • Adopt a sea turtle – Remain involved with our turtle conservation program by “adopting” and naming the endangered sea turtle you meet during your stay.