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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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Silly Tourists Ruined The Experience

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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London
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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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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
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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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