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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
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Owner description: 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!
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 apparent to me this was a positive project.

Thank 418amylw
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"turtle watch"
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"laying eggs"
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"turtle conservation project"
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"amazing experience"
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"baby turtles"
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"full moon"
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"young kids"
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"once in a lifetime"
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"taking photos"
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"laid eggs"
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"turtle eggs"
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"green turtles"
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"humbling experience"
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"these beautiful creatures"
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"local community"
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"rekawa beach"
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Reviewed 4 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 in their way.
we had to speak very quietly and not move too close or too fast.
this is a really nice projec,t which also keeps the beaches clean and protects the animals.

Thank liwu2
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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
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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 on the beach, he focused on 1 green turtle who was laying eggs, and returned to the sea. Some people left as soon as they had seen her laying, it was definitely worth watching the whole process though, her return back to the sea was beautiful if not a little long :) Definitely worth the visit. This is nature, sometimes you’re lucky and you see something and sometimes you don’t. The guys at the conservation project were making the utmost effort to keep people entertained and to answer questions. The beach is also stunning at night and it was lovely hearing the waves and the wildlife.

Thank alex c
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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 dozens of other people, many of whom were talking and using flash photography. The poor turtle trying to lay her eggs was distracted and then moved off without completing her laying. As the crowd prepared to follow, we decided enough was enough and headed back to our hotel £20 poorer and sad to have contributed to the turtle’s distress. Wish I had checked the reviews first!

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