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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 76 685 7380
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Rekawa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a NGO that started the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Stockholm County, Sweden
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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Prague, Czech Republic
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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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was a long wait and there were way too many other tourists (about 100+) people waiting on the beach, but it was absolutely worth it. We not only got to see a mama green turtle lay her eggs, but we saw hatchlings making their way to the sea for the first time. Obviously, you can't plan for that, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We visited when staying at the nearby buckingham place which was walking distance to the watch. There is an information centre which tells you about the different turtles. When a turtle comes in (ours grounded at around 9.15 but can be any time) the staff wait for the turtle to be settled and laying before going to see the turtle... More 

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Rekawa, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It was a wonderfull experience seeing the turtle lay her eggs and return to the sea. Waiting for her on the beach while she was digging and closing her nest was definetely worth it. Going back for more tonight!!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We were impressed that we came second to the turtles. Our guide would not let us near until he was happy the turtle was settled. The conservation was key but we witnessed a turtle digging her nest. Very much one of the highlights of the area and even sitting on the beach waiting for the guide to allow us to... More 

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