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Saint Martins Island

27 Apr, 2009

Saint Martins Island, the Place for the Eco Tourist

Saint Martins Island

Five types of sea turtles or marine turtles live around or nest on the beaches of Saint Martins Island. They nest between July and April. The most common time to see turtles nesting is between October and November. Fewer and Fewer turtles have been seen nesting every year. When the baby turtles hatch, they often don’t make it out to sea. They often become confused about what direction the sea is. Many lights draw them away from the sea, so few survive to breed. There is a better chance at seeing turtles hatching and making the trek to the see on the Western coast. Only about 2 km of the entire cost line of Saint Martins is accommodating to the female turtles trying to lay their eggs. Also, the eggs have a better chance of not being disturbed, and actually hatching. Seeing the endangered baby’s make their way to the see is becoming a rare opportunity.

Taking a piece of the Saint Martins Islands home is not just a phrase. Over the years, tourists have been taking pieces of the coral reef home to remember their visit. That practice may actually destroy the very place they are trying to remember. The island has a coral base. Removing the coral causes damage to the island and the beaches that people are there to enjoy. It is much better to go scuba diving and take a picture of the natural coral rather than take the coral. Not to mention that seeing the natural splendour of live coral is much more spectacular than holding a piece of dead coral.

It has become a fine balance. Encouraging tourists to visit and enjoy the island and somehow preserve the very thing people are coming to see, the natural beauty of the island. When looking for a place with lots of sand and sun Saint Martins Island comes to mind. Now, the challenge is how to enjoy it without damaging or destroying the very things that make this place special. Eco tourism is an interesting concept.

Saint Martins Island

Saint Martins Island

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