After discovering two sea turtle nests on the beach in front of the resort in June 2015, Grand Nikko Bali went to great lengths to protect the eggs until they were ready to hatch. Just a few weeks later in-house guests were invited to take part in a unique educational experience as 63 newly-hatched baby turtles were released back into the ocean on Tuesday, August 11th, followed by the second batch of baby turtles which were released on August 25th 2015. This moving event remarked the resort’s second turtle release activity for the year.
With its gorgeous stretch of white sand beach on the southern coast in Sawangan, Nusa Dua, the resort’s seafront has long been a preferred location for female turtles to come ashore and nest. Sea turtles are amazing creatures in that they have the ability to memorize their birth beach and then are able to return many years later as adults. To date, Grand Nikko Bali has recorded a total of 404 baby sea turtles that have been hatched and successfully released.
“As one of several properties located in a high-activity nesting area, a sea turtle protection initiative was established by our eco-hotel committee. We have partnered with a government body and an independent organization who work together to monitor and protect nests all along the coastline. Our guests are also invited to get involved in this worthy conservation project to enhance their awareness about sea turtle preservation,” states General Manager of Grand Nikko Bali, Jean-Charles Le Coz.
The turtle release program is now a regular activity at the resort. Once the sea turtle eggs are found on the beach, they are then relocated to a protected hatchery. This keeps the eggs safe from the threat of erosion, high tides, predators and irresponsible human action that may endanger them in their original nesting sites
For Grand Nikko Bali it a rare privilege to take care of these baby sea turtles during hatching season year after year. This effort is one of many initiatives that have contributed to the resort being certified as an Eco Hotel. Other programs include a weekly beach cleanup and environmental practices that benefit the property as well as the local community.