Over 200 juvenile turtles that we raise from hatchlings
Tranquillity Island Resort proudly runs a voluntary Hawksbill Turtle Conservation Program, based right at the resort. We have upwards of 200 juvenile turtles that we raise from hatchlings until they reach 1 year old, before we tag and release them into the ocean. To date we’ve released over 1200 healthy Hawksbills!
Hawksbill Turtles are considered critically endangered, meaning the species faces a very high risk of total extinction. The first year of their lives is the most perilous, many get snatched by hungry predators before even tasting the ocean. Humans, however, are the greatest threat. Plastic waste chocking our oceans; unsustainable fishing methods; propeller-damage from speedboats and vessels are among the key killers of sea turtles.
Not only are they considered the most endangered species of turtle, Hawksbills rank as the 4th most endangered species on the planet according to the WWF, behind the Amur Leopard, the Black Rhino, and the Cross-River Gorilla. We are open for visits and tours at 11:30am and 14pm by appointment only. Please visit our facebook page or use the contact form before you visit the sanctuary, make a donation or sponsor a turtle and help do your bit to ensure future generations also get to meet this gorgeous species. Contact us to find out how.
SUPPORT THE TURTLES
Fundraising to save these beautiful animals
To enable the turtle program here at Tranquillity Island Resort to keep running, funding is raise through a sponsorship program. Guests and visitors can sponsor a baby hawksbill. Choose its name and have your email address assigned to the unique tag numbers which are placed on every turtle before release. The South Pacific Regional Environmental Program administers the tagging program and will email you should your turtle be spotted on its underwater journey through life. From tiny to turtle to release ready teenage turtles
Sponsorship opportunities are available most of the year, contact us for more details.
Some lucky guests also get the opportunity to release a tagged hawksbill turtle into the sea if one is tagged and ready when they visit. This is an incredible experience, guaranteed to bring a tear to the hardiest of eyes.
Our turtle program is not funded by any government or charity budget. We rely on the generosity of visitors, guests and friends. Donations are of course always welcome. 100% of every donation goes directly to feeding and nurturing these baby turtles.