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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Was unsure when we stopped here as I really wanted this to have a sincere conservation focus... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
418amylw
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London, United Kingdom
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Worth a visit!!

We went during low season and given previous reviews, we were cynical. Our experience however was... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2018
alex c
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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...more
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Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank OlaPerpetua
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 9 June 2018

Visited with a small group and had the opportunity to follow a green turtle laying eggs as well as returning to the ocean. Took 3 hours and was mesmerising! Recommended for fellow turtle lovers

Thank 94melissaj
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

We went during low season and given previous reviews, we were cynical. Our experience however was really good, we (the group) had an excellent guide (we went on Monday 30th), he showed us videos of turtles hatching, and helped us understand the process. While out...More

Thank alex c
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We were keen to support this local initiative, which is advertised as sensitive to the turtle’s needs. Duly wore dark clothing, left our phones and cameras in the hotel and paid our 1000 rupees each. So disappointed to arrive at the turtle nesting site with...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I must have been on the same night as Dede and James. Its not very well organised and there are too many people all trying to get the best view of a tired big sea turtle who just wants to be left alone.It would have...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 15 April 2018

BE AWARE The people working at the conservation project centre have been doing this for more than 20 years, they accept tourists to visit because it pays the bills and they also donate this money to the village of Rekawa so people won't resort to...More

3  Thank Dédé P
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

i disagree that the conservation causes more harm than good. they tidy the beach and prevent active poaching. however, it was shocking to watch little babyturtles being «guided» to the sea by some complete fool of a tourist who litterally tried to take matters into...More

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Cardifftwo
22 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
9 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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