Connect with us


Samui’s Banyan Tree Hotel acts to protect sea turtle nest



Khun Veeraphat, a waiter at Sands beachfront restaurant on Koh Samui, made a startling discovery on February 13 when he spotted what appeared to be tracks coming from the sea. CCTV footage at Banyan Tree Samui clearly showed a giant sea turtle laying eggs on the beach the night before, then returning to the water. The luxury hotel, located on the southeast tip of the island, immediately contacted the local Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, who arrived and uncovered two nests containing around 100 eggs belonging to a green sea turtle.

Then, on February 24, the mother turtle returned and laid a second clutch, this time numbering 141 eggs. This nest, however, was too close to the shoreline and so it was carefully dug up and relocated it on higher sands.

Such a discovery on Koh Samui is rare; green turtles (Chelonia mydas) tend to lay their eggs on remote shores in the Andaman Sea – not at busy tourist resorts in the Gulf of Thailand.

However, this mother turtle was in luck, because not only does Banyan Tree Samui employ a CSR (corporate social responsibility) team headed by a marine biologist, Thepsuda Loyjiw, but the resort was singled out last year by global watchdog EarthCheck as meeting the highest standards for environmentalism in the country.

The resort built an enclosure to keep the nest safe from monitor lizards and any other would-be predators. In the days that followed, the fenced-off pen became adopted by guests as a protected site.

“We were very excited to find the clutch of eggs, but quickly realized that this was a precarious situation,” said Thepsuda. “Luckily, the Banyan Tree beach is situated in a private cove so tourists and vendors are not constantly walking by. The most immediate danger was the tide, but the turtle had fortunately buried her first clutch above the high-tide line. The second nest was too close to the shore so we carefully dug it up and moved it higher. The next danger was the monitor lizards who prey on turtle eggs. We had to ward off a large local lizard who had the nest in his sights.”

Green sea turtles generally weigh between 110 and 180 kg and measure about one meter in length. The gestation period for eggs is between 45 and 60 days, meaning that this clutch should hatch between March 28 and April 12, which is the day before Thai New Year (Songkran).

“In this day and age when we hear so much about endangered marine life, it’s a fantastic feeling for all of us at the resort to feel we are giving something back,” said Banyan Tree Samui General Manager Remko Kroesen.

Samui's Banyan Tree Hotel acts to protect sea turtle nest | News by Thaiger Samui's Banyan Tree Hotel acts to protect sea turtle nest | News by Thaiger


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Pollution5 mins ago

Environmental police arrest 7 over illegal dumping in Bangkok

Crime14 mins ago

Pattaya Police warn city’s taxi riders to behave after sexual assault case

Press Room50 mins ago

Thai-Italian Business Summit highlights the importance of a shared vision

Sponsored6 hours ago

Go global with Upbit Thailand: Worldwide digital asset market in your hands

Thailand55 mins ago

Percentage of HIV infections rising among young Thais

Tourism60 mins ago

TAT launches luxury travel package to Thailand for rich South Korean tourists

Lifestyle1 hour ago

Check Thai lottery result 1 December 2022

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand1 hour ago

Unexploded MK-82 bomb found in Songkhla forest

World2 hours ago

Iranian forces kill young man for celebrating World Cup loss

Crime2 hours ago

Thai police seize 8 businesses in Phuket owned by Chinese gangster Tuhao

Thailand3 hours ago

Planning a small conference? Try Thailand’s super-luxury villas

Bangkok3 hours ago

50 crypto mines raided for stealing Thai electricity

Bangkok4 hours ago

Bangkok ranked No.6 in the top 10 best cities for expats

Thailand4 hours ago

Man armed with a pen gun arrested at seminar visited by PM Prayut

Tourism5 hours ago

Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport expects 130,000 daily passengers this month

Hot News5 hours ago

Racism scandal looms as Prince William and wife Kate arrive in US

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11