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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Tangalle, Netolpitiya, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 76 685 7380
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Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a...

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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Too many people and to few guides and guidance

It was absolutely amazing to see a turtle on the beach, laying their eggs and covering them with sand. But the organisation and guides were not very good. We felt rushed to follow... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed at the stunning Buckingham Place hotel which is only a couple of minutes from the turtle watch. It was my birthday & we were lucky enough to witness a big green turtle laying eggs & then going back to the sea. Apparently in high season there can be as many as 300 people on the beach but on our... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hope this review helps this foundation. Today we arrived around 2100 hrs at the rekawa building. With no explanation, information or any instruction we directly moved to the beach with 70 other people. After +/- 800 meter walking on the beach there was a turtle who was giving eggs. Arrived at the turtle the leader only yelled to other... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After I was assured that they are following strict procedures of watching turtles I went. In the beginning I was glad in one way, cause they were using only infra red lamps but not so amused about how close we all may come. But the worse thing was after the turtle went back in to the sea. They said there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was absolutely amazing to see a turtle on the beach, laying their eggs and covering them with sand. But the organisation and guides were not very good. We felt rushed to follow a group that already started. When we approached a turtle covering her eggs, people did not follow guide's instructions as they did not know about the importance... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky in that a turtle had already started laying eggs when we arrived on the beach. There were a large number of tourists there but in all honesty it was well organised given the circumstances. It will be one of those experiences that you have to go and see for yourself but you may feel slightly guilty afterwards... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went twice no turtles first time waited 8-11pm There's a briefing in what to do the do and donts You don't pay the1000 rupees if no turtles Second time I went bit later but people had left it was realy realy far for me I'm 45 and have problems with my legs I eventually got there maby 30 ppl... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a waste of time as we waited for 3 hours and there were no turtles to be seen. The guide explained briefly about turtles and they did not charge us as there were no turtles. There were too many tourists and little chairs. You have to wait in a dark area enduring mosquito bites. Not really worth with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We visited here for two nights in a row- when you arrive you are talked through the conservation work. Then you wait .. And wait ... Until turtles come and begin to produce eggs on the beach. Nature obviously means they don't always come so you can wait a long time. The first night we ended up seeing a large... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

There is a lot of information about the sri Lankan turtles in the centre. Qualified personnel were there to answers all our questions. Unfortunately some of my family members did not want wait late in the night to get the turtle laying experience. So we were deprived of that opportunity.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Arrived late as saw momma turtle dragging herself back to sea. The staff wanted to refund our fee as we missed most of the activity but we left the fee as they are doing such a good job. We only saw a positive project with respectful people

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