Happy World Turtle Day!
While snorkeling in the waters around Caneel Bay Resort our guests often come across interesting sea life including our favorite turtles. In honor of World Turtle Day here are some photos and information about the turtles you can find around St. John.
According to the National Park Service there are there are seven species of sea turtle in the world, three of which are seen in the Virgin Islands National Park. The three types are: the green sea turtle, hawksbill and leatherback. And like other reptiles, sea turtles have lungs and breathe air. Sea turtles must swim to the surface in order to breathe. A turtle at rest may hold its breath for up to five hours while an active turtle needs to breath every 5-10 minutes.
A great way to see and learn about Sea Turtles is with a VI Ecotour which leaves from Honeymoon Beach. Their guides are very knowledgeable about turtles along with other sea life, island facts and USVI history. Visit their website here for more information about their tours. Through the Patagon Dive center you can scuba dive and discover an abundance of sea life in deeper waters with guided tours. Visit the water sports section of our website here for more information on the dive center.
If you love Caneel Bay and turtles, order your very own plush toy turtle in our online shop here.
About Caneel Bay Resort: Set on a 170-acre peninsula amid the lush beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park and seven picturesque beaches, Caneel Bay is one of the most breathtaking vacation destinations in the Caribbean. Discovered by Laurance Rockefeller while sailing on a family cruise, this luxury hideaway is accessible only by boat or ferry and its beaches are widely considered to be among the best in the world. Learn more about Caneel Bay by clicking here.