Bequia is the second largest island in the Grenadines (We skipped St. Vincent since we heard cruising boats were being boarded and items stolen).

We heard about the Old Hegg Turtle Scanctuary and decided to ride our bikes to visit the Hawksbill turtles.


Along the way we encountered beautiful bays and plantations.

Beautiful bays throughout the island
Beautiful bays throughout the island
House? More like tropical mansion

Orton, an skin diving fisherman, noticed the scarcity of the Hawksbill turtles started this sanctuary to the species from extinction.

???????????????????????????????From The Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary – Orton states on his website

At 57 I retired from the ocean to dedicate my life to saving the turtles. My project involves monitoring beaches, checking nests, trying to protect mother turtles and eggs from poachers, collecting hatchlings, and taking them to my sanctuary to keep them safe during the most vulnerable years of their life.

I keep the turtles in my sea-water ponds, feeding them on canned tuna for six months. Then they are fed small fish (sardines, etc.) until they are 3 years old (14 inches long) at which time they are released into the ocean. This gives them a better chance to survive, and instead of one from one thousand reaching maturity, this project will help repopulate the ocean sooner with about fifty from one hundred.

??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????Visiting the sanctuary was a highlight of Bequia.