Bequia Walks 7 . . . Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Bequia, Grenadines/St Vincent
Today's walk took us to the Northeast side of the island for a visit with the turtles at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary,
This walk started after breakfast (and the rain) from the Plantation House, along the Belmont Walkway to Port Elizabeth harbour. Then, following the same route we took to Spring Lookout along the main road out of the harbour (Spring Road) until the split, where we took the low road to the right. After walking about 2 miles we reached Spring Bay, the beautiful Spring Palms and the Firefly Plantation Hotel Bequia -- home of our favourite chicken roti.

 Just another mile north of Spring is Industry Bay . . . our stop off point for lunch at Sugar Reef and a little lounging by Crescent Beach . . . but not yet



  A short walk from Industry Bay over the headland and we reached Park, home of the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary.

Located on the Northeastern part of the island, Orton G 'Brother' King started tending the endangered Hawksbill Turtles in 1995. He gives guided tours and lengthy explanations of his mission. He collects the turtle eggs and raises the turtles until they reach an age/size at which they can survive being released into the ocean. He has only one baby turtle right now . . . not until July, when some of the larger turtles will be released into the sea.
 We did meet some of last year's babies, though. Brother King brought a couple out of their tanks to meet us. They are growing well, thriving on their new diet of sardines (instead of tuna)!




Then, back to Industry for a very yummy Lobster Roti for lunch at Sugar Reef and a little beach time on Crescent Beach before the walk home.



About 6.5 miles round trip . . . a nice walk.



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