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Watamu Turtle Watch

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Address: , Watamu, Kenya
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Description: Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to...
Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources. Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.
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A worthwhile visit, support a good cause!

The Turtle Watch Project is very well maintained and does a good job in education and protection. It is worth a visit and a donation is well invested

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Filderstadt, Germany
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Nairobi, Kenya
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The cause is great, and it is nice to learn more about the efforts to release and rehabilitate the turtles in the area. Having said that, we were a bit underwhelmed of what there is to see - hoped/expected more by way of seeing turtles, which isn't the case.

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your review. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed not to have seen more turtles, however as a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, if we only have 2 or 3 patients to care for, we see it as a good thing as it means there aren't more out there suffering. Visits from people like... More 

Filderstadt, Germany
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The Turtle Watch Project is very well maintained and does a good job in education and protection. It is worth a visit and a donation is well invested

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for your donation to support our work and help us continue saving turtles in Watamu. More 

Mombasa, Kenya
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

watamu turtle watch is one of the best turtle hospital and i know that for just 500 shilling I can adopt a turtle or a nest and for just 500 shillings I can ensure that the turtles will continue to swim in the Kenyan shore.so I think that everyone should visit or help this conservation in helping the turtles off... More 

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We ask for 3,000 shillings for turtle or nest sponsorships and this really does make a difference in protecting the sea turtles of Kenya for the future. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Go and see them. They are really involved with the Turtle Rehabilitation. A fascinating place run really well.

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for supporting our work. We hope to see you again. More 

London
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Visiting the Turtle Watch was definitely a highlight of my trip to Watamu. Seeing the staff being so passionate about what they're doing to save the local turtle community is really great - they're doing all they can to help save these amazing animals and educate both tourists and locals about the work that needs to be done. Having heard... More 

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us and we hope you'll be back again soon! More 

Kampala, Uganda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I took time to visit the local turtle conservation project and Casper, the Director, took me around and had his assistant give me the red carpet tour. This is a must visit place as it shows how turtle conservation works, what challenges they have and how one can support them financially - and where the money goes. I was privileged... More 

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and your review. We hope you will be back again soon to help us release more turtles! More 

Pisa, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Ever seen a sick turtle under a blanket? Me neither, but efforts to help sea turtles at Watamu deserve your support. Thousands of sea turtles have been rescued from fishermen's nets and returned to the wild, plus there is a rehab center where seriously ill turtles are treated by vets, which is expensive. Bus loads of school children come here... More 

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Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and for writing a review on TripAdvisor. We are so grateful for people like you who encourage others to support our work. We hope you will be back to visit us again soon! More 

Bransgore Dorset
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Really enjoyed our visit, with the knowledge and commitment of the staff to saving and helping the local turtle population. It is free to visit and I expect most visitors with sponsor turtles by donation which personally we think is worthwhile given the work being done by the Turtle Watch team

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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I really enjoyed coming here. My mum and I have been here before, but it was great coming back and seeing what Watamu Turtle Watch does. They're really fighting for such a good cause and I learnt stuff I didn't know before

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Tunis, Tunisia
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

see one massive rescued turtle and a few others that probably won't make it back into the wild-some amazing results though and testament to educating the locals about these precious animals-need to make a 300 shilling donation per person which seemed a little heavy.

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