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Nature and harmony
area at Tartaruga Bay is a nature lovers dream come true: Loggerhead
Turtles The beach directly in front of your villa is a nesting
ground for the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta).
The females come out at night to lay their eggs in
shallow nests laboriously excavated on the beach – the same beach
where they hatched many decades ago. Loggerhead turtles are
classified as endangered by the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature and are listed under Appendix I of the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
In the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Services and National Marine Fisheries Service classify them as a
threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
Today the main threat to the adult loggerheads
lies in fishing nets to which many loggerheads annually fall victim.
Furthermore, adults are often injured by speedboat propellers and by
swallowing fishing hooks or get caught in nets. Internationally,
animal protection organizations take pains to monitor and protect
the turtles' nesting grounds in Turkey, Greece, Bonaire, and Costa
Manta Reef, one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, is located a
kilometer away, which means Tartaruga Bay is the resort. The reef
boasts 3 manta ray cleaning stations where the mantas (Manta
birostri) wait their turn to be serviced. The reef is large and
offers a great variety of dives ranging from 18m – 35m . It is
located in the main current and sightings of manta and devil rays
are common. Whale sharks, sharks and various pelagic fish are
Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) visit the bay every
year to mate and calf.
The humpback whale is found in all the major
oceans, in a wide band running from the Antarctic ice edge to 65° N
latitude, though not in the eastern Mediterranean or the Baltic Sea.
There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide, with
18,000-20,000 in the North Pacific, about 12,000 in the North
Atlantic, and over 50,000 in the Southern Hemisphere, down from a
pre-whaling population of 125,000.
Humpbacks are migratory, spending summers in
cooler, high-latitude waters, but mating and calving in tropical and
exception to this rule is a population in the Arabian Sea, which
remains in these tropical waters year-round. Annual migrations of up
to 25,000 kilometers) are typical, making it one of the farthest
travelling of any mammalian species. A 2007 study identified seven
individual whales wintering off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica as
those which had made a trip from the Antarctic of around. Identified
by their unique tail patterns, these animals have made the longest
documented migration by a mammal. Whale sharks Whale sharks are
common in the area and divers regularly swim with this gentle giant.
The whale shark inhabits the world's tropic and warm-temperate seas.
While thought to be primarily pelagic, seasonal
feeding aggregations of the sharks occur at several coastal cities
such as Gladden Spit in Belize; Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia;
Útila in Honduras; Donsol, Pasacao and Batangas in the Philippines;
off Isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox in Yucatan Mexico; Ujung Kulon
National Park in Indonesia; Nosy Be in Madagascar Off Tofo Reef in
Mozambique, and the Tanzanian islands of Mafia, Pemba and Zanzibar.
Although it is often seen offshore, it has also
been found closer to shore, entering lagoons or coral atolls, and
near the mouths of estuaries and rivers. Its range is generally
restricted to about ±30 ° latitude. It is capable of diving to
depths of 700 meters (2,300 ft), and is migratory.
The shallow reefs are alive with a stunning variety of reef fish.
Snorkel safaris are a perfect way to explore this breathtaking
wonderland. The deeper waters teem with game fish like tuna,
kingfish, cuta and barracuda – a perfect haven for sport fishermen
Our commitment to conservation
We are committed to the environment and are creating new ways to
employ local people to stop the raiding of turtle nests and ensure
sustainable use of all natural resources. We subscribe to the World
Tourism Organisation’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism 1999. It is
our policy to ensure sustainable participation by all stakeholders
in the interests of the tourist, the investors, the local community
and the natural environment.