New Hatchery for 2009!

14 03 2009

After monsoon tides had destroyed our hatchery, we enlisted the help of Hong Kong International School to help us build a new one. On a recent fieldtrip to Tioman Island, the school dedicated a morning to securing the hatchery in place ready for the 2009 season.


HKIS building the new hatchery


The new hatchery was entirely funded by generous students from GEMS World Academy Dubai who got together and rose over RM 1000 for the Melina Beach Turtle Programme. Hong Kong International School also left a generous donation of over RM 400.

The finished hatchery

We wish to thank everybody involved for their hard work and generosity, which has given us a great start to what we hope is a very successful season!


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Hawksbill nests at Melina Beach!

16 11 2008

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We were delighted to see a Hawksbill nest on Melina Beach this year, right next to our Penthouse! This is a rarity since the Hawksbill is a critically endangered species, and we were thrilled to release 72 hatchlings in August. We hope this small effort will make a difference to the turtle populations around the island!





38 nests and counting!

2 10 2008

We have come so far since starting this little project in 2000, and 2008 has been our most successful year ever, with a whopping 75% live hatchling success rate!

This hatchery started small, only one nest per year for three years, but as we learned and improved our methods and the hatchery, as well as develop relationships with the locals, our numbers have soared!

All-in-all we have relocated over 3500 eggs and released over 2600 hatchlings! 1293 were in 2008 alone.

The season has ended now for the turtles of Tioman, and our hatchery is empty, for now, but we eagerly await next year, and the next generation of marine turtles!

The species that nest on Tioman are Green and Hawksbill Turtles. Our hatchery mostly contains Green turtle eggs because the Hawksbill species is now critically endangered, throughout its entire range. Over the past 8 years, we have only had 4 Hawksbill nests! We hope that our efforts will provide some, if only a little, relief to the local population, which we occasionally see when snorkeling on the Melina Beach house reef!

If you are staying at Melina Beach as a guest or a student, please feel free to look at our record book at reception for more information and photo’s!!