The spirit of Jumby Bay
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.
The effort to conserve is shared by all home and villa owners who must install solar water heating systems and cisterns to collect roof water for irrigation. Jumby Bay guests are also invited to participate in these environmental activities through the Hawksbill Turtle Preservation Program, which is the longest running, privately funded project of its kind, focused on the scientific study of the survival and recovery of the indigenous Hawksbill Turtle. Cars are not allowed on the island, therefore, Jumby Bay visitors navigate by bicycle, allowing guests to appreciate all that the enchanting island has to offer, and creating a community unlike any other.
Thanks to numerous conservation projects – the Hawksbill Turtle Program, the island’s native plant nursery, rainwater collection and irrigation, sun-powered water heating and protected coral reefs – Jumby Bay Island is being preserved for future islanders.
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.