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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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Great but way too many people

This experience which starts at 8PM and last 3-4 hours is great, but there are too many people around. We went at nightime and we were 70 people on the beach which were just too... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We started walking down the beach around 20.30. Cca 50-70 people. We all had one guide that spoke English and nicely told us about flash, lights and silent talking. But hey, people are stupid mostly, how can you expect them to not flash, even when you tell them not to. But okay, human stupidity is nothing special . We arrived... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This experience which starts at 8PM and last 3-4 hours is great, but there are too many people around. We went at nightime and we were 70 people on the beach which were just too many. You get to see mother turtles coming up and digging the holes in which they lay their eggs, but the first 2 we saw... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

For a project dedicated to protecting these turtles we were both shocked and horrified by this experience. We arrived to a group of over 100 people and given an introduction speech - which we couldn't hear due to overcrowding, in English which was likely good. Clear rules regarding behaviour made VERY clear. We were herded to the beach in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a spectacular evening on the beach watching a turtle under the stars. Yes there are a lot of people and at times it can feel a little disorganized. However, everyone gets a turn to see the turtle more than once while she lays her eggs. A lot of people then leave. We chose to stay until she returned... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

You get rushed along the beach to end up with a crowd of unorganized people. There you get yelled around by the organizers. "Come here!", "Go away!", "Too close!". Then they ask for "10 people" to come and expect the crowd to organize itself - sure that would be nice but is unfeasible for such an event, especially when it's... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Considering this is a conservation project it seemed more about the money. We went to see the turtles and when we arrived there were already 50 people waiting. You wait until the spotters call through to the main building to let you know there is a turtle on the beach. You all then trot off to find it. I understand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were really fortunate in that a turtle came onto the beach just as we arrived. There were probably a maximum of 40 people on the beach and we all took turns to view the turtle. There is nothing circus-like about the experience - it was all very controlled and teh guides were really friendly and knowledgeable. This really was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

After 1km speed walk along the beach we got to see a huge turte lying eggs in the sand. This evening was very crowded, and people were always running in front in order to make sure that they didn't miss the fun. Our group had probably less than one minute with the turtle in the first round, and maybe 2-3... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I read the review below and was quiet cynical but i have to agree with it after going. No real organisation or leadership. Its a testament to the stupidity of people as they are told not to take flash photography, turn on a white light (phone) and keep as quiet as possible as it effects the birthing turtles and newly... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This was a terrible experience. Too many people..waiting in one area until they spot a turtle and then with 100 people disturb this animal and have a glimpse for 10 sec at this distressed animal. Guide was shouting instructions. Disgusting! This is apparently owned by village people, but our impression is that they are only after the money. We have... More 

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