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Watamu Turtle Watch

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Watamu, Kenya
+254 713 759627
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Interesting project

Worth a visit to learn about and support the local conservation efforts. But there were no turtles... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
sdmmb
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Brilliant and inspiring visit

A very educational day with plenty of turtles to see face to face. Rather than many tourist... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Barnaby H
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Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources. Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.
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  • Average9%
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“sea turtles” (7 reviews)
“sick turtles” (3 reviews)
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Watamu, Kenya
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+254 713 759627
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit to learn about and support the local conservation efforts. But there were no turtles at the moment we visited which limited somewhat the overall appeal.More

Thank sdmmb
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi and thank you for visiting. Although it is a shame that you were not able to see a sea turtle during your visit, it is important to keep in mind that our sea turtle Rehabilitation Centre is there only to look after animals that...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A very educational day with plenty of turtles to see face to face. Rather than many tourist attractions that can exploit sea animals, the turtle watch are doing there very best to save them and allowing people to come and see there progress giving an...More

Thank Barnaby H
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thanks for your review and your kind words!

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit to the centre with our 11 yr old daughter. We learnt so much from the lovely & knowledgeable staff here. There were no turtles in rehab (which is good!) but the visit made a big impression on all of us. Wonderful...More

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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for your kind words!

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Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

This is an organization that is doing very good work for turtle and wildlife protection. When we arrived we met a turtle who was being released that day! ty! I was so excited that we had the timing so perfectly. I had read on trip...More

Thank Sarah T
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thanks for your review. We can only apologise that you were not able to see the turtle release. We don't offer the chance to see turtle releases as part of the visit to the centre. This is because we cannot guarantee it and we don't...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

Our interpreter did a nice job of explaining and educating us (even though I am already pretty environmentally aware I learned a lot), and the work of this NGO is very impressive. Very worth a visit, and was very interested (but very sad) to see...More

Thank EAZG
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for visiting us!

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

This place is not a tourist attraction, they are an organisation wanting to improve the conditions for sea turtles. We had a short tour inside and learned about how they are working with the community to make the area more turtle-friendly. Fishing boats, climate change...More

Thank H80
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thanks for your review and sorry that you didn't find the tour so interesting. We invite tourists to visit our centre as we believe it's important for us all to know what impact us as humans are having on the marine environment and how we...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Loved taking the kids to this educational tour. We got to learn about what they do and even got to witness and participate ina turtle release, which was a highlight. Really recommend!

Thank Nury Z
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you for coming and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

It's a must go place when in Watamu. Lots to learn on environment conservation and marine life protection . Well knowledgeable staff who explain very well. Great and noble work they do. Awesome experience.

Thank Angela M
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank for your kind words and I am glad to read that you enjoyed your tour.

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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Go to Watamu Turtle Watch when you're in Watamu. Turtles have a really tough time. Many of their nesting sites have been destroyed by too much development, they eat the plastic in the ocean (which they can't digest and then starve to death), they are...More

Thank Steve V
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you Steve for your kind review!

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

A very interesting tour and so educative. Everyone should know these things about sea turtles and every child in the area should visit this place! You shouldn't expect to see many turtles though :) This is not a zoo but a hospital. There are often...More

Thank Ilona K
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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Thank you for your review and appreciation of what we are trying to achieve!

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