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“Informative & great cause”

Watamu Turtle Watch
Ranked #7 of 24 things to do in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Very interesting place to visit!

You won't necessarily see turtles on your visit as they only have turtles there for treatment/rehabilitation. Our guide was very well informed and could answer the multitude of questions posed by my kids in a satisfactory way. We definitely learnt a lot about turtles and it was great to hear about their conservation efforts and how they are educating the local communities about the importance of conserving the turtles that come to nest on the beaches in Watamu and Malindi.

All-in-all a well-worth-the-visit-attraction.

1  Thank Esme v
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

A guide showed us around and gave us a lot of information about turtles, and what the Turtle Watch is actually doing. I learned a lot about turtles, very very interesting, and am sure that their approach in conservation is a very effective one - education of the public, education of the stakeholders at sea. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Jenny B
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

A nice place, with tons of information. I was guided through and got to hear a lot about the different kinds of turtles, as well as what they and the community are doing to protect the turtles.
There was only one turtle there, and it was hiding.
Don't expect to see turtles when you go, as they are only there if they are injured - so it is of course good for the turtles if there isn't any when you go there ;)

Thank Stine C
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We were lucky to visit Watamu Turtle Watch on a recent holiday. What a project it is! Everyone we met was totally committed to saving turtles and we were lucky enough to see three turtles released back to the sea. While I can understand some people's disappointment in not seeing many turtles, surely the whole point is to have as few turtles as possible in rehab. They'd only be there if they were sick.
The project's education system is superb, during our visit 25 special needs children visited and we enjoyed sharing educational gifts from Mid Calder Primary School, Scotland with them.
It's just so lovely to see a project helping nature without interfering with it! Well done, keep up the good work!

1  Thank Jane W
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We travelled by tuk-tuk to the turtle watch but were disappointed to find out that they only had two turtles (which is a good thing I suppose - means they are doing a good job).

It is a good cause so I am glad we gave them money but it wasn't really worth the effort of going out of town!

1  Thank lovetolife298
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