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Turtle EXPEDITIONS
 
    
 

 ALDive Turtle Expeditions occur during 2 seasonal stages – one from late March to October, and the other between May and August. Driven by ancient impulses, three of the world’s seven types of sea turtles, the Hawksbill, Leatherback and Green turtles, come to nest on Dominica’s southern and eastern beaches.

 

Join our  March – October expeditions to Rosalie beach (located on Dominica’s east coast), and be a part of a select few who chance to witness a remarkable event - giant 1000+ lb.,  endangered, leatherback sea turtles, returning to their place of their birth 25 to 30 years later, to lay their eggs.  

 

Or, during May - August, chance to observe other types of sea turtles coming from water to beach to nest,  almost every night.  

 
RATES
     

US $40.00 per person
   
(Rates for locals available)
      

 Minimum 4 adults

  Kids under 10 - FREE

   

Kids MUST be accompanied
by parent or guardian!

  
Hours: 7p-12a & 9p-2a

   

 

Tours depart any night
in season & include:

   

Transportation
Beverages & snacks
Flashlights ($8 US)

From ALDive Centre, it is about a hour drive up the Layou River Valley, over the mountains and down to the east coast’s Rosalie Beach.  Once in the area, expedition members are met by one of the trained beach patrol guides who escort the group as they walk the beach, under the stars, in hopes of witnessing a sea turtle.

 

ALDive Expedition groups sometimes experience the turtle eggs as they hatch and the excitement of observing hatchlings as they make their scrambling scurry to the safety of the Atlantic Ocean.   In the end, everyone is left to wonder about the future… that in 30 years or so, how many today’s babies will lumber back from the depths to these shores, continuing this timeless process.

 

 

We reserve the right to cancel tours due to weather, safety and unforeseen circumstances.

 

Experiencing Turtles on the Beach

 

Some nights as many as ten or twenty turtles come ashore to nest.  However, they need dry sand to be able to dig the hole where they will lay their eggs.  If they do not find sand suitable for nesting they return to the ocean. 

 

On those perfect nights though, when the sand is right, when the turtle reaches the shore it will quickly begin digging its nesting hole.  During this process the turtles can be easily distracted into abandoning their task. Trained guides make sure no overly-curious observers, get too close.  
  

Why is it so important not to distract a laying turtle? … because there is a span of at least 30 years from when a female leatherback hatches to when it returns to its birth beach to lay eggs for the “first” time.

 

Once the turtle starts laying her eggs, she goes into a trance like state, and will not stop the process until all eggs have been laid and, ending the process, she has completely covered the nest with sand.

 

During the nesting “trance” guides might allow you to touch a turtle and take a few photos. Camera flashes are allowed at this time but ONLY under direction from the guide. During this time guides sometimes measure and tag turtles for ongoing study purposes.  As well, they might also remove some of the eggs from the nest, transplanting them to more secure protected nests.  Once the now exhausted turtle recovers from its egg laying experience and trance, it treads wearily back to the ocean.

 
Dominica Turtle Initiatives

 

The Rosalie Sea Turtle Initiative (RoSTI) project’s goal was to conserve Dominica's Hawksbill, Leatherback and Green turtles populations. Working closely with communities island-wide, RoSTI initially organized educational activities, research and conservation practices.

 

Today, the Dominica Sea Turtle Conservation Organization (DomSeTCO) continues the work of RoSTI in training specialized turtle watching guides and enlightening the local communities. The DomSeTCO beach patrollers play an integral role in the protection of these animals and have special access to the beach. No expedition is conducted without the guidance one of these specialized guides.

 

Interesting Facts

 

The Leatherback turtle is the largest of all sea turtles and can grow to lengths of 8 feet (2.4 meters) with a body width span, from the tip of one front flipper to the tip of the other, 10 feet (3 meters). They can weigh up to 1000 pounds.  They have been known to dive 4000 feet below the surface.  Sea turtles can live for an average of 50 to 70 years. 

  

Turtles in Dominica, as in many other countries where giant turtles nest, have been hunted for their shell, meat and eggs.  Some believe that eating turtle eggs is good aphrodisiac. However, this is nothing more than a wives tale and is completely untrue.  There is no law in Dominica preventing people from eating turtle meat.

 

Fortunately, the work done by RoSTI and DomSeTCO has effectively increased awareness in the importance of protecting sea turtles; local killing of turtles has noticeably diminished, though unfortunately not completely.

 


 

ALDive Scuba Diving and W.A.T.E.R. Sports adheres to the Marine Mammal Codes of Conduct:
a modified compilation of existing international regulations.


 

Welcome to ALDive Scuba Diving and W.A.T.E.R Sports, a small, family owned scuba diving & marine center located on the island of Dominica, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.

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