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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 685 7380
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Worth the wait

An amazing experience to watch a turtle laying her eggs and covering them before eh aiding back to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Becky F
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Very interesting and we can hold the turtles

We visited this place with our kids aged 8, 10 and 12. The entrance fee is 500 rupies per person... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Barbara L
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Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a NGO that started the nature tourism program in Rekawa. It involves ex turtle egg poachers working as turtle nest protectors and tour guides has won several global awards in the appreciation of services provided to the community, environment, economy, culture and tourism. For more information, visit their (old) website. Since 2010, TCP stopped its activities and handed the conservation & eco-tourism program over to the local community. Our Turtle Watch is nowadays a small scale community-run project by NFR (Nature Friends of Rekawa) and is dedicated to providing a safe and secure nesting environment on one of Sri Lanka's most important turtle beaches. The project employs previous turtle egg-poachers as 'nest protectors' who monitor the beach 24-hours a day to ensure all nests are safe from both natural and human predators. Providing "in situ" nest protection is the most effective form of turtle nest conservation, and will help ensure these wonderful creatures are protected for future generations. What to expect during a Turtle Watch? We will be waiting at our visitor centre (or on the beach) until a turtle is spotted by one of our nest protectors, who are patrolling the beach. They will sign our guide & volunteers. For all information, please visit our website Our project asks a donation of 1000 Rs. per person (500 Rs. for children). 100% of the proceeds goes to our conservation activities and and the local community. We will ask you to pay the fee before we enter the beach. A reservation is not required. Please kindly note that our Turtle watch is run by locals, of which many do not speak English. Please refer to the multilingual information in the Visitor Centre or proactively approach one of our guides or volunteers with your questions. They'll be happy to answer them!
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Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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+94 76 685 7380
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An amazing experience to watch a turtle laying her eggs and covering them before eh aiding back to sea. We arrive about 8:30 and I think we left around 11 or 11:30. Initially we all sat waiting on the beach for a long time, I...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited this place with our kids aged 8, 10 and 12. The entrance fee is 500 rupies per person but our little one didn’t have to pay. A guide explained to us the different species of turtles in Sri Lanka. He then showed us...More

Thank Barbara L
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Appreciate that this is a way to make money by locals and also to help conservation but the way the tour is run is very poor. No explanation of what is going on. Too many people talking loudly, pushing and running to try and get...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Reviews for this place are very Marmite, but for us is was a good experience. Perhaps because we stayed very close to the Turtle Watch, so we perhaps were given the inside track. We had not planned to go Turtle Watching as we had read...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were fortunate enough to see a turtle lay her eggs and bury them. Pretty cool thing to witness. We were impressed that the guides very contius of not disturbing the turtles in any way.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an organisation focussed on $. We were there with our kids of 12 and 15 and with another 100 people. When one of the turtles was stuck in the roots of a plant while laying eggs, two men of the organisation started digging...More

Thank ghoki
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

Visit when you are around the area. One of the best place to see turtles from the wild. Partly Supported by Ocean Park in Hong Kong, Definately worth visiting at night 8:30pm or early morning.

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Reviewed 4 July 2018

1000 rupees for NOTHING. No organization, information, nothing. Horrible experience, a classical tourist trap. Poor turtle chased by the group of ppl.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Was unsure when we stopped here as I really wanted this to have a sincere conservation focus. Generally it was interesting and informative. The staff handled the turtles quite a lot which made me uncomfortable but their efforts did seem genuine and overall it was...More

Thank 418amylw
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

we went there in June during hatching season and could watch some huge water turtles lay eggs for one hour. the guides were very concerned about the animals, told us how to behave, forbid light and we weren't allowed to touch any turtles or get...More

Thank liwu2
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Cardifftwo
23 February 2017|
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Response from teachingtravels15-17 | Reviewed this property |
In this area, they are the best organization. There is a turtle egg hatchery on the road from Unawatuna to Tangalle, but there is some controversy about how they release, at a fee, the hatchlings. I would continue to... More
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nishim2017
19 February 2017|
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Response from Joshpamy | Reviewed this property |
I think most accommodations in Mirissa will/ can help arrange that for you. It's during nighttime and the exact time is not guaranteed. It all depends on when the turtles come up to the shore. We went to the centre at about... More
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sarahgeran43
10 December 2015|
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Response from Martha S | Reviewed this property |
Hiya, the way I understand it its that the main season is during your times specified but turtles come every day. The best thing is to call the project and they will tell you when a turtle comes to the beach. Personally I... More
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