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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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Absolutely worth the wait

So many people gave in / gave up! I guess we were lucky as a member of staff at the hotel seemed to have a "turtle hotline" so we only went over when the 1st sighting had been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
RobinsonCrusoe66
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Pershore, United Kingdom
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Quebec, Quebec, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW 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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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

This is meant to be a "turtle conservation" project, but my experience was awful because there were too many people there for it to be responsible. I felt like we were disturbing natural patterns, crowding the poor turtles, and incredibly, more than 10 people nearly stepped on small hatching turtles on their way to the sea because it is impossible... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

I think I must have visited on the same night as the reviewer Holly E below, because I had exactly the same experience. I appreciate the efforts that this conservation project is making to protect endangered species of turtles. Having said this, like many conservation efforts in the developing world, Rekawa Turtle Watch seems to be caught in a double... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I went to the beach last night, and it could have been a completely magical experience. The beach was dark, the sky full of amazing stars and we could hear a sea turtle as she was digging her nest. Sadly, as soon as the guide gave us the go-ahead to come closer and see her, 30 odd people pushed forward.... More 

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Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

it is a must to see when you are in ranna. you have to be their by 8 pm . you can see turtle for sure.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We went on two occasions since we were staying very close by. On one evening we saw some baby turtles bravely venturing into the terrifyingly rough surf. On the other evening we saw a giant green mamma turtle peacefully laying her eggs in the soft white sand. These were both beautiful and magical moments that we will treasure in our... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Not worth the time or money. My expectation was seeing a few turtles come to shore and we sit there watching them lay their eggs. In reality, you're surrounded by 50 other tourists and waiting on the beach in the dark for over an hour. We were told not to use any light or flashes on the beach so that... More 

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Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

You go to this beach around 7.30 p.m after your dinner .You have to wait for some time and when the turtle comes out you should not make much movement or take photos by using the flasher, till she lays the first egg. Then you can go close to the turtle. You pay Rs 1000 but it is worth. But... More 

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Sharjah, UAE
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Neat experience to see a huge turtle laying eggs. Cool to see different types of turtles painted onto floor of the center. Great talk/video shown to students.

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Pershore, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

So many people gave in / gave up! I guess we were lucky as a member of staff at the hotel seemed to have a "turtle hotline" so we only went over when the 1st sighting had been confirmed. Despite not getting back till 1:30 it was absolutely worth the wait. We saw 5 what seemed to be huge green... More 

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