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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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Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP...

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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A Good Start

Set outside of the city - seemingly the only conservation center aimed towards ecotourism rather than just making dollars for profit, sits Project Turtle Watch. I showed up at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Amber C
Flores, Indonesia
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not a surprise that this attraction gets mixed reviews. There are people who love it, because they get fascinated with the turtles but I am not so easily impressed. There is even a review from a guy who said that it is very cheap and suggested that they should double the price. Excuse me. These guys make a lot... More 

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Flores, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Set outside of the city - seemingly the only conservation center aimed towards ecotourism rather than just making dollars for profit, sits Project Turtle Watch. I showed up at a poor time to ask people questions about operations rather than for a turtle walk. I figured showing up at an off time wouldn't have the results I was looking for.... More 

1 Thank Amber C
Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We went to see the turtles on the beach and it was incredible. We really enjoyed it!! The man with the umbrella was very knowledgeable. It was a beautiful evening!

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Farum, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Fantastic and unforgettable experience. I was astonished to experience a large ses turtle laying her 100 eggs right in front of my eyes. Such a beautiful Think to witness and very intimate. The wait at the Beach with no lighus allowed gives you a wonderful experience with the sounds of Rolling waves, seeing the contours of the palmtrees as some... More 

2 Thank DanishGirl2014
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The Turtle Conservation Project at Rekawa gets very mixed reviews - I guess it mostly depends on how lucky you are with the turtles. We visited on the evening of 21 August. After arriving and being given a brief introduction you're left in a fairly cramped hut with limited and pretty basic seating and I really wasn't looking forward to... More 

3 Thank Peter2109
Redditch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

We visited here in August to try and see a turtle lay her eggs. After a long, hot wait we rushed down to the beach as the sea turtle had begun to make her nest. It was a very very long walk to where she was (hard for young kids), but well worth the walk. We saw her lay her... More 

1 Thank Emma H
Ko Samui, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I first visited Rekawa 4 years ago when the turtle project just began. I am so happy to see it is now thriving and sustaining solely off tourism, whereas before it was outside funds. The protectors were once hunting the turtle eggs as a means of income, but now they are taking tourist to watch the nesting turtles. True, it... More 

4 Thank virginiaLB
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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

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 

3 Thank Peter S
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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 

1 Thank Emma S

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