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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
+94 76 685 7380
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Rekawa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: TCP's Turtle Watch, the nature tourism programme in Rekawa which involves ex turtle egg poachers working as turtle nest protectors and tour guides has... more » Owner description: TCP's Turtle Watch, the nature tourism programme in Rekawa which 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. Our Turtle Watch is nowadays a 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. They will take you to the beach in groups of maximum 10 people. 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

As a vet student passionate about the well-being of wildlife, I would never commend an organisation I thought would be detrimental to an animals welfare. The turtle conservation project is a extremely worthwhile project, not only for conservation, but for the sustainabilty of the local community too. The attraction is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts who will not only consider the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had arrived at 21 p.m. It was hard to find the place (we had our own car) but locals helped to find a way. It was early April and we saw three turtles laying their eggs on the beach. Seeing these creatures emerging from the see, slowly but consistently doing their work and then dissappearing in the ocean was... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We arrived at 8.30pm and were greeted by a very nice volunteer, and were taken down to the beach where 20 other people were waiting. Within the group, people were very conscious not to disturb the turtles, there was no flash, no flashlight or phone. We were fortunate enough to see two turtles. One of them was lost about 40... More

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Andre P, Manager at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We would like to stress that we take the utmost care regarding potential disturbance of the sea turtles. We will only take visitors to turtles when we are sure we can do so without impacting them. We are sorry you did not discuss your doubts and uncomfortable feeling with us during your visit – both... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We got to Rekawa Turtle sanctuary at 8:30pm and we were met by a naturalist which our driver/guide had arranged for us. The naturalist was very knowledgeable and made the experience more interesting by explaining about Turtles and the conservation work being done at the sanctuary. We were taken down to the beach area, and there was a Greenback turtle... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Great experience of watching turtles lying eggs!!!! a little bit hard to find when you walk along the beach since there is noone to ask for directions, but after that well group organised and cheap (£4pp)

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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

My boyfriend and I went along late at night and waited in the conservation area for about 3 hours before being taken down onto the beach. No-one spoke to us when we came in, and then we were only allowed on the beach about 20 minutes before being asked to come up again. We felt we didn't get a chance... More

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Andre P, Manager at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and your visit. Our guided Turtlewatch starts daily at 8pm. Most of our Turtlewatch evenings finish before midnight, supervised by an English speaking local guide and often by volunteers. We then close our Visitor Center and our Nest Protectors will go to monitor the beach. Therefore we can't guarantee that we can welcome and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

One of the main reasons for visiting this part of Sri Lanka was to visit the turtle conservation project. We were enthralled watching the turtle laying her eggs and returning to the ocean under a clear full moon. The staff were helpful and friendly and shared a deep knowledge and passion for their work.

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