Bali, 1 July 2013 – Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa released 70 baby turtles from the hatchery to the Indian Ocean on Sunday, 30 June 2013. The resort management invited the guests, representatives of the Bali Sea Turtle Society to co ordinate the turtle release, with over 300 guests, employees and local people joining the activity held on the famous white sandy beach of Nusa Dua on what was a beautiful sunny afternoon.
This birth of the turtles had been much anticipated since the mother of this Olive Ridley turtle species (Lepidochelys olivacea) laid her eggs in the sand 53 days before. Finding the mother turtle laying eggs there on the 7 May 2013, the resort management set up a border to mark and protect the original Turtle nest from any disturbances. The environmental team from the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa monitored the nest daily, allowing the eggs hatch and incubate naturally. The babies then spent one night in a seawater pool inside the resort to allow visitors to view them and learn more about the turtles, before they were released into the ocean the next day.
Olive Ridley is a medium-sized of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The adult carapace length averaging 60 to 70cm. This is not the first time that the sea turtle has laid eggs on the beach area in front of the resort. In June 2012, 110 babies were released from the same location. Currently there are still two more nests that are being monitored daily by the resort’s environmental team and it is estimated that they will hatch in the next three weeks.
The management of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa said the resorts environmental team are committed to providing full support to a wide variety of conservation activities. “Having the mother turtles laying eggs here is like a gift from nature. We hope that the baby turtles will be able to survive in the ocean and come back to this beach to lay their eggs in the future,” said Urs Klee, General Manager of the resort.
The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is the pioneer of luxury accommodation within the Nusa Dua area. This 5-star diamond resort, which has been welcoming kings, queens, presidents and other dignitaries since 1983, completed a multi-million dollar refurbishment in December 2011 and now boasts an extensive range of rejuvenated rooms and facilities while still retaining the Balinese heritage but with a new feel. Nestled within beautifully landscaped gardens, the resort, with its 382 guestrooms and suites, features all the elegance of a Balinese palace, while offering every modern amenity and convenience of a luxurious getaway.
The Nusa Dua Spa is impeccably designed to highlight its rich Balinese tradition through ambiance and a variety of indigenous treatments. Dining at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is an epicurean journey with a choice of five restaurants and four bars under the control of an award-winning culinary team. From a casual beachside setting or intimate dining for two, the resort favors any request and desire. The International, Western, Asian and Balinese cuisine highlight signature menus to define each restaurant. The venue choices for special events are endless; from a traditional ballroom resembling a kingdom palace to executive meeting rooms or tropical gardens. For more information, please visit www.nusaduahotel.com.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot North 4
Nusa Dua 80363, Bali – Indonesia
Tel: +62 (361) 771210
Fax: +62 (361) 772617