Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina Partners with DiveBVI to Offer “Turtle Researcher for A Day” Program
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina – the newest luxury private-island resort in the British Virgin Islands and one of Travel + Leisure’s 2014 500 World’s Best Hotels – has partnered with the on-island dive shop, DiveBVI, Association of Reef Keepers and the Conservation & Fisheries Departments, to offer guests a new “Turtle Researcher for A Day” program, a once in a lifetime experience that also assists in on-going sea turtle conservation efforts.
By participating in half- and full-day turtle tagging experiences hosted by DiveBVI, guests can learn about sea turtles and the local marine environment. The experience includes instruction on the latest techniques to safely catch a turtle and take measurements before it is then carefully tagged, micro-chipped and released back into the water. Data collected during each adventure will be recorded and used to help global efforts to better understand sea turtles and their conservation.
The half-day experience starts at $2,100 and the full-day experience at $3,900 for six guests. Up to six additional guests can participate for $50 extra per additional person. The experience includes gift bags, recognition cards, flash drive with photos from the day, fuel, water, adult beverages, snacks, towels and snorkeling gear. The full-day experience also includes lunch and soft drinks at a nearby restaurant.
For an additional $100, guests participating in the “Turtle Researcher for A Day” program have the opportunity to name and “adopt” any tagged turtles. Guests receive a certificate of adoption with all the details about their turtle, general information about sea turtles, a reusable grocery bag and a glass turtle handmade by the local Green VI, a non-profit dedicated to maintaining balance between development and conservation of the natural environment in the BVI.
For guests interested in staying on-island before or after their adventure, Scrub Island Resort offers 52 ocean view guest rooms and suites, as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with spacious floor plans and featuring custom furnishings, natural stone, spectacular master suites, gourmet kitchens with Wolf and Subzero appliances, and breathtaking views of the Caribbean. Guests can also enjoy other amenities at the private island resort, including three pristine beaches, renowned restaurants and bars, a well-equipped health club, exciting excursions offered by the on-site dive shop, unlimited use of sea kayaks and stand up paddleboards, resort-wide Wi-Fi, resort ferry, on-island transportation and complimentary airport transfers from EIS/Beef Island Tortola. Ocean view guest room rates start at $435 per night, while villas start at $1,400 per night.
For more information about Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina or DiveBVI’s “Turtle Researcher for A Day” program, visit ScrubIsland.com or stay up-to-date with its latest news and promotions on Facebook or Twitter.
About Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, BVI
Opened in July 2010, Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina is named after its location, a serene 230-acre private-island haven situated at the east end of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. The first luxury resort development in the destination in more than 15 years and first member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection in the Caribbean, the resort is tucked into a rugged cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and neighboring uninhabited islands. It features 52 guest accommodations as well as a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, the intimate Ixora Spa, world-class restaurants including the popular Caravela, three private beaches and a 55-slip marina. For more information, call toll free U.S. 877-890-7444 or visit scrubisland.com.
About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opened in December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) was created in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.
About Autograph Collection Hotels
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.