Turtle Watching

The leatherback turtle is the largest of the sea turtle family. They grow up to 6 feet and weigh up to 2000 lbs. These critically endangered reptiles are protected in Grenada by St Patrick’s Eco-Conservation Tourism Organisation (SPECTO) who monitor and tag them with a microchip to follow their movements across the world. You can observe at first hand the nesting process of these ancient creatures, a close encounter with the world’s fourth largest reptile. They are truly amazing, they travel up to 10,000 miles each year seeking food, mates and their egg laying beach – the one they were born on!. At Petit Anse Beach the turtles can be viewed between April and July but their main nesting area is Levera Beach in Sauteurs in the north of Grenada. Here you can then watch the turtles dig their nests in the sand as other turtles may appear at the shoreline ready to lay their eggs. The turtles will then lay up to 120 eggs each and will cover the nest with sand for the eggs to mature for hatching. After 50-70 days the eggs will begin to hatch. When the eggs hatch, hundreds of baby turtles of just 4-6 inches long will cross the beach looking for the shoreline. Each baby turtle is a miniature of their huge and fascinating parents. The mothers will return to lay eggs between 3 and 6 times each season. It’s not every season that the mother will mate, so she might not return for 2-3 years.