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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 76 685 7380
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Description: 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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Lucky to see 3 turtles

We started at 8pm and spent on the beach altogether 2,5 hours (but it may take longer). We travelled with children (aged 3 and 5) and the younger one fall asleep and we need to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2015
Krzysztof R
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Warsaw, Poland
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Bad Boll, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

they charge rupees 1000 per person but it is worth . you have to go there after dinner and have to Waite some time to see turtles. lot of them come to put eggs. good to see.

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We started at 8pm and spent on the beach altogether 2,5 hours (but it may take longer). We travelled with children (aged 3 and 5) and the younger one fall asleep and we need to carry him all the way. It would be good to take some blanket so that they could lie on the beach as it happens you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

...this is the place for you. Make sure it's the right time of year first. It wasn't that late at night that I went: about 9pm and I found a one or two hour stay was enough. Get your hotel to call the visitor centre ahead of time and ask what the probability is of seeing one. It was about... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It's sad to confirm a lot of the previous reports...A business that will destroy this place...Too many tourists, not respecting the few rules...using white lights, smoking....A completely drunk local disturbing tourtes and tourists...But when I asked to the guide if this man wasn't a problem he answered me: "no , not at all"...even if he was falling down every 5... More 

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Winterswijk
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

When we visited the beach at daytime we saw a lot of dogs eating the turtles eggs. This was a really bad experience. At night we went with the tour, but there where so many people. There was so much noise. We felt sorry for the turtles. This good be great if there was a good friendly staff and smaller... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

We went to the turtle watch on sunday may 3thd at night. This was an amazing experience as we assisted to 3 different scenarios : - the egg laying moment when the turtle is in trance where you can see her deliver about a 100 eggs in the hole she has dig by herself right before. Then we saw her... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Though we were at least 30 people looking at the same turtle coming on land it was a fantastic experience. I felt comfortable letting the guys from the project give usdirections as to how to enjoy the turtles without disturbing them. Brought my son of 8. He was very impressed and excited. There is some waiting time and uncertainty to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited from Tangalle by tuktuk - you will need to organise transport to visit this place as it is quite far from the main road. In principle, this project is a great idea – convert local turtle poachers into protectors and get tourist dollars to support the local community. You start at the village around 8pm where a building... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The walk along the beach on a moonless night is not pleasant. Take a red light torch with you and go. The numbers are too much. May be can be allocated to two guides.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in rekawa for a night to see the turtle nesting and our experience was horrible. We were about 50 visitors waiting at the building, which display some good information about turtles. After what seemed like 2 hours, we finaly went down to the beach, not 10 at a time like mentioned,but all 50 of us at once only... More 

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Address: Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 76 685 7380
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Rekawa

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