Marine turtles

Green marine turtleIn the north of Palawan there are still beaches where marine turtles go to make their nests, one of them is Duli Beach.

“Duli” means female turtle in the Sanskrit language, so a perfect name for the place. From November until February Duli Beach is a nesting ground for marine turtles. There are three different species nesting on Duli Beach, namely the Hawksbill turtle (named for their narrow, pointed beak), the Green turtle (named for the usually green fat found beneath its carapace) and the Olive Ridley turtle (which gets its name from the olive green color of its heart shaped shell). Off the three species the most nests found on Duli are those from the Olive Ridley turtle.

Green marine turtle hatchlings 2All three species migrate long distances between feeding grounds and hatching beaches. Mature turtles always return to the exact beach from which they hatched. Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs mostly during the night. At around 60 days, the eggs hatch and the hatchlings instinctively head directly towards the water.

Green marine turtle hatchlings 3At the resort we do everything in our power to protect the nests from poachers and animals. For instance we educated and trained our staff and neighbors about sea turtles. We have patrollers going around in the night to locate the nest. We also have build a hatchery at the resort to provide the best safety for the eggs. Whenever there is a nest hatching our guests can witness the release and we try to give as much information as possible. At the resort we offer the option for people to adopt a nest and in this way they help us out in our conservation efforts. If you want to know more about this, please contact us through our contact form.

Over the years we are doing the conservation work we cofounded the El Nido Marine Turtle Conservation Network (#ENMTCN). An initiative with a few other businesses in El Nido to help and protect the marine turtles in the area. Members of the network help each other out and share knowledge and data among. The network is approved and backed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD).

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