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Dominica weekly is a personal weblog about the nature island of Dominica.


Dominica is one of the few (if not the only) island in the Caribbean known for its amazing ecotourism wonders, rich culture and enduring ties to the past.

To get better insight to what Dominica is all about, checkout the awesome video below. If this doesn’t get you excited about coming to the nature island, nothing will ❗

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Too many resorts throughout the Caribbean (and world by extension) pay little attention in order to minimize its impact on the environment.

Well, if having a Newspaper recycling program or placing recycle bins in guest rooms and hotel lobby qualifies them as a green hotel.

Well, I guess every little bit counts.

But for Eco-resorts like Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica, these half-measure methods seem merely a punchline to attract more visitors.

So how is serious is Rosalie Bay Resort is about Saving the Environment?

  • 70% of the Energy use at the resort is generated from solar panels and a 225 kW wind turbine, which is the first wind turbine on Dominica and the largest in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
  • the Owners pioneered the first sea turtle protection effort at Rosalie Bay, Dominica
  • Guests can enjoy the fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables grown in the organic garden.
  • From LED lights to chairs made from recycled materials to sustainably-produced cotton towels and UV-filtered natural spring water…it’s apparent that Rosalie Bay puts the environment first.

Rosalie Bay Resort - Dominica's Rosalie bay Photo: Aerial View of Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica

It all sounds and look pretty cool, right? As a bonus,the folks at Rosalie Bay Resort are offering 33% off daily rates between now and October 31, 2012 To celebrate their first year. With the savings, the daily rates begins at US$149.00 (doesn’t include taxes or service charges) for two people – which includes daily Continental breakfast as well as yoga.

For reservations and more information, call toll-free, 1-877-732-2864 or E-mail: info[at]rosaliebay.com. You can also learn more about Rosalie Bay Resort on their website (rosaliebay.com).

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An image of baby sea turtles in Dominica
Photos by Marinecreatures.com

Being on a beach can be something far more interesting and thrilling than merely getting tanned, taking photos and building sandcastles. Especially if we’re talking about Dominica’s beaches. What makes them so special? The answer is: Their wildlife.

If you happen to be in Dominica, you may prove to be lucky enough to watch the sea turtles crawling ashore… Or their hatchlings making their first journey. Many of them will perish in an hour, but some will be back in thirty years to lay the eggs of their own.

Life is cyclic, and observing it recreate is always fun. This kind of observation is a part of ecotourism. In the North and Southeast Dominica, it exists thanks to the Sea Turtle Conservation program which aims to save the endangered species.

Observing the turtles may be fun, but you can’t do it by yourself. You ought to have the special permission for that, because the beaches are not open for all comers. Fortunately, while not open, they are still accessible. A good option is to get the beach patrollers give your group a tour. Not gonna be hard, one of their duties is escorting visitors to the beach and back, to ensure civilized behavior and to guide them. The tours are organized by RoSTI (stands for Rosalie Sea Turtle Initiative). You may contact RoSTI on 225-7742. The tours are held from March to October, each one costing ten bucks per person.

turtle watching in Dominica

What else the patrollers do? A significant part of their work consists of data collection and turtle tagging. That’s what we call monitoring. There are three endangered species monitored by them: Hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles. From time to time, relocating nests is required, and they do it, too.

If you expect them guard the beaches and the turtles, you are right, the turtle guarding is of the highest priority. Recently, poachers became a major trouble, since the hunting has put the leatherback and hawksbill turtles to the brink of extinction. Moreover, one may cause harm by accident, destroying a nest, as an example. So, steps had to be taken.

Dominica baby turtle

Many of the poachers are the local citizens. Unfortunately, first of all they consider the sea turtles a delicacy, as a result, their behavior cannot even pretend to be civilized. Feeding on the endangered animals is barbaric and highly irrational; these are the things the people have to learn. In fact, the ecotourism programs are primarily targeted at the locals. This would help to encourage their pride for the island and its wildlife. Every new tourist shows to everybody the turtles may be a source of income when living, not dead.

So, are the sea turtles worth of looking at? You decide. After all, the three species are endangered, that stands for rare. Watching them must be interesting. Especially rare are the leatherback turtles. Some people call them monsters. At first glance, they may look like monsters indeed, but in fact they are very cute, harmless and helpless creatures. Touching them is just exciting, and listening to them breathe is also fun.

You may also help the patrollers to get rid of some rocks laying in turtles’ way. Taking pictures of these reptiles feels even greater… But this is something you can’t do many times at a time. The turtles lay eggs at night, so flashes scare them away. If they are in the water, they may but come ashore because of their fear. So, every taken picture is precious, unless you use an IR camera.

sea turtle in Dominica

If you are a nature enthusiast, you must fall in love with leatherback turtles (if you still haven’t). They are the largest and most unique giant turtles, each adult specimen reaching 1,000 lb in weight. Their shells are not connected to the skeleton, and this distinguishes them from the other existing turtles. Interestingly, on the beaches of Dominica, you can find turtles tagged in other places of the world, including Africa.

So this is what the endangered turtles are, and how they are conserved and monitored. If it were up to you, what would you choose: Being a beach patroller, or being a plain tourist?

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