The spirit of Jumby Bay
The spirit of Jumby Bay
Today, the island and all its assets belong entirely to a passionately committed group of homeowners who ensure the island continues to remain an undisturbed, secluded hideaway. As a result, Jumby Bay Island is home to one of the richest island ecologies in the world.
In an effort to preserve and showcase its natural beauty, Jumby Bay remains staunchly devoted to its sustainability program, carrying out several initiatives that preserve its environment and indigenous species – the endangered Hawksbill Turtle, the White Egret and the Persian Black-Headed Sheep. Among these initiatives is a recycling program that has made Jumby Bay Island the largest recycler of bottles,cans and golf cart batteries on Antigua. Supplemental efforts are made to reuse all bi-products of island life. Sewage water is purified and stored in a central tank for plant irrigation, while all yard cuttings, including grass, leaves, branches and general foliage are chipped and turned into mulch and compost for landscaping on the island.
Hawksbill Turtle Project
Jumby Bay Island is home to the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Turtle Project – the longest running privately funded project of its kind. This preservation program focuses on the scientific study of the endangered Hawksbill Turtle, and works to ensure their survival and recovery. The beaches of Jumby Bay have long been a haven for nesting Hawksbills who seek isolation on this secluded, private island. From June to November, the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Turtle Project monitors nesting activities on Pasture Bay Beach – the most sheltered, undeveloped beach on Jumby Bay – as well as smaller, adjacent beaches on the island. Since its inception in 1987, the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Turtle Project has become a global leader in illustrating how wise development practices, and marine conservation, can successfully co-exist.
Jumby Bay is a refuge for wildlife, but few things symbolize the gentle spirit of the island more than the distinctive, Black-Headed Persian Sheep. These unique creatures arrived to Jumby Bay Island when Christopher Columbus discovered it more than 400 years ago. Free to roam, graze and sleep on the 300 acres of natural, undisturbed pastures, the down-to-earth and unhurried nature of these animals contributes to the tranquil pace of the island, and brings a smile to all who pass by them. Not to be overlooked is a stunning Waterfowl Sanctuary that sits at the heart of the island. Home to a rare mix of tropical birds – the White Egret, Bananaquit, Whistling Duck, Hummingbird and Blue Pelican – this reserve is consistently maintained to ensure its delicate ecosystem remains intact.