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Address: Watamu, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 713 759627
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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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Go and see them. They are really involved with the Turtle Rehabilitation. A fascinating place run really well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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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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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 10 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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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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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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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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OC, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I liked everything!! I will never forget!!....I will keep this place close to my heart!! Amazing place....You will discovert Kenya and yourself!!

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Nairobi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Watamu turtle watch have very passionate and knowledgeable staff, who devote much of their time to looking after turtles. This establishment is a must-see for anyone to get up close to turtles and understand the challenges the species faces. They also run a volunteer programme, which is fully recommended to anyone who wants to visit the Kenya coast and get... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This is the best hotel in Watamu this is where you can realy enjoy a wonderful break and you always get treated as part of the family and they do wonderful weddings

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Address: Watamu, Kenya
Phone Number: +254 713 759627
Location: Africa  >  Kenya  >  Coast Province  >  Watamu

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