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Watamu Turtle Watch

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Address: Watamu, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 713 759627
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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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Interesting visit and worthy cause! (but don't expect to see dozens of turtles!)

The visit is quite interesting, with a knowledgeable guide. There a lot of signs explaining why turtles are endangered and giving information about turtles in general. Very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Dina M
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The visit is quite interesting, with a knowledgeable guide. There a lot of signs explaining why turtles are endangered and giving information about turtles in general. Very informative details about conservation and what Turtle Watch actually does (care, release, awareness-raising...) A frequent comment on this page is about the few turtles you actually get to see when visiting the refuge.... More 

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Thank Dina M
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

It was quite informative & didn't know turtles are that endangered and that they can swim very far to lay eggs. Good reception and a very friendly guide.

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Thank Timothy M
Watamu, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Good reception.. Interesting stories a bout turtles.. Atleast got to know Mangrove conservation go hand in hand with turtles Good place., neat clean organised

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Thank Nix L
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I never realised the troubles turtles faced or how far they can travel until we visited Turtle Watch. You have to take your hat off to what the team are trying to achieve here and they need all the support they can get to continue the great work. Well worth taking the time to visit

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Thank Drumfork
Rwanda
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Very friendly and informative tour through by Ruth, even though we we arrived just before closing. Great displays and posters, simple but effective. Nice for the kids to see turtles, but sad to hear how in trouble they are. Definitely worth visiting to contribute to the project. Good work being done here!

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Thank Sarah5532
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

We went expecting to see many turtles in rehab there were 3 !! The tour is suitable for local school children, a better destination is the Bio Ken snake farm...many snakes and very informative...

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Mombasa, Kenya
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Very structured and informative visit. A friendly guide took us on the tour of the place and provided us with a wealth of information.

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Thank Kakene_Nzuve
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Good information. Knowledgeable staff. They need quite a bit of donations to sustain the turtles they take care of.

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Thank Pamgary
Harare
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Small charity and volunteer run & doing a lot of good. Interesting for an hour or so. Very effective and raised a lot of awareness with the local communities. Usually a turtle or two to actually see.

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Thank HappyReaders
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Our daughter worked for a week at LOT, they are doing an amazing job and so important! Keep up the good work!

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