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Conservation Triumph as Green Turtle returns to Nest

Thanda Island, the truly exclusive Indian Ocean hideaway located off the Southern coast of Tanzania, was thrilled to welcome the most important of repeat visitors on 2nd April – a female Green Turtle who came ashore to lay her eggs on the beach between the boathouse and the helipad between the hours of 8-12pm.

Thanda Island is one of the few places in the world that offers guests the chance to stay on a truly private island with access to their own private coral reef, also enjoyed in exclusivity with a snorkel and mask straight from the beach. It features just one beautifully decorated villa with five suites and two stylish bandas (Tanzanian style beach huts) accommodating a further eight guests, along with a boat house full of every water sport imaginable, a tennis court, a selection of guitars and an outdoor cocktail bar.

Off-grid, solar-powered, environ-mentally sensitive, thoroughly relax-ing, and lots of fun, Thanda’s guests also have the chance to swim with whale sharks, watch turtles hatch and visit nearby islands to explore their ruins, coconut plantations, lagoons and underwater sights. Furthermore, Thanda Island is in the process of developing a programme that will allow guests to become more involved in their conservation partnership activities. This will include participation in turtle nest monitoring, dugong monitoring and research, whale shark monitoring, patrol-ling of the marine reserve and snorkel surveys of the coral reefs.

Due to the endemic illegal fish-ing practices that had been taking place in the waters around Thanda Island, turtles had not been seen nesting on the island for seven years. However, over the last year, the Thanda Island team had started to regularly see them swimming in the surround-ing waters. They are thrilled that their persistent pleas for increased policing from the Marine Parks Authorities, together with their own presence in the area, has been rewarded.

Furthering their commitment to the conservation of the region’s sea turtles, Thanda Island works closely with the Tanzanian marine conservation NGO Sea Sense to address a shared con-cern for the marine biodiversity of these waters. Assisting with research, education and the broader engagement of the local communities in sea turtle conservation, they are able to encourage dialogue and communication around the importance of sea turtle conservation and threats to sea turtle survival to the local Swahili seafaring communities.

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