Every year, from March to October, Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles nest and hatch at Rosalie Bay. These endangered gentle giants can travel great distances, as far away as Canada, Europe and Africa, to Dominica to nest on our protected black sand beach.
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.
It was thrilling when Rosalie Bay first discovered sea turtles nesting on the property. To protect these creatures for future generations, the resort team worked with WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network) and founded the first sea turtle conservation program on Dominica.
Originally named RoSTI (Rosalie Sea Turtle Initiative), the program engages locals and guests in opportunities to help in the recovery of sea turtles on the island and throughout the Caribbean. Efforts include night patrol during nesting season, clean up on nesting beaches, education programs and data collection.
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.