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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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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
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Pershore, United Kingdom
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Pershore, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is really expensive for what it is (1000 Rs) and you don't even know were the money goes. Explanations about turtles are limited. You have to wait to know if you will see a turtle and after you have to wait to see the turtle, at least 2hours. I know mother nature takes its time but 1000 rs for... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It takes luck and patience to see the hatchlings but is well worth the time and effort. visiting this place is a good way to support conservation efforts.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

'Foreigners' (not tourists, but foreigners, exemplifying the real otherness that seems accepted here) have to pay 1000 rupees, Sri Lankans 150 rupees. I'm just wondering if london attractions started charging foreigners 10 times as much for a ticket how well that would be received?!

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Stockholm County, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We did not think much of this little trip in advance but it was great! The kids loved it! It is a small place that does not look much when you get there but the girl who guided us around did a great job making each sight and turtle interesting. They are doing a fantastic job with the turtles here!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

When we arrived on the beach and realised there so many other tourists I wasn't sure whether this was going to be a disappointment. I didn't need to worry this was one of the best experiences of our holiday. The project staff are very careful to ensure the turtles are not disturbed so only allow a few people near them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Really good experience even if you cannot see the complet process. Volonteers are very friendly. If you don't see a turtle you don't have to pay, but the money is really usefull for saving the turtles

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

somewhat idealistically i thought we would be able to sit on the beach and watch the turtles come ashore , instead we along with 100 or so tourists were herded onto the beach only to sit there in darkness for well over an hour , the one turtle that was there started to dig and then her egg chamber collapsed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

long time waiting (from 20h to 23h) but we saw adult turtle and also a lot of small turtles going to the sea

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Watch a turtle come to shore and lay eggs in the sand while listening to the waves crash on a dark, abandoned beach, only to return to the waves... magical. The tours are run by informative and friendly English speaking volunteers and experienced locals, the project is run by the born free conservation group and has put together a great... More 

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