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Turtle Island, Tanjung Benoa: Address, Phone Number, Turtle Island Reviews: 2/5

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Craig N
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Don't bother! We booked for Turtle Island, which is apparently a rescue centre for injured turtles - This it is not! It's a very poor, tacky, and run down tourist attraction.

This place should be closed down, turtles in grotty glass tanks and pools, with not enough space, so they try to escape, fed only on seaweed. The murky tanks only have dregs of seaweed for food, and are not even an attempt to make it look, or feel to them like their natural habitat. There is a small what I can only describe as a child's sandpit where they breed the baby turtles, that are unlikely to ever be released to the wild.
There are various size turtles, in various tanks, in very dirty and overcrowded conditions. Next up comes the tacky zoo at the back, with a random owl, a snake, a lizard, a bat, and a monkey. All in very small cages, and the baby monkey looks absolutely terrified.

Then they hit you up with a photo you never asked for at 120'000 that you feel compelled to purchase, then stitch you up with drinks that cost double anywhere else. In effect, you're held to ransom

We went here at the recommendation of our driver, apparently it's usually 1 million IDR for a couple, but we got it a lot less. It could have been free and I would still be disgusted.

I would advise everyone boycott this place, till they get some animal welfare issues sorted out
Written April 26, 2022
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samhus
Al-Rayyan, Qatar119 contributions
This island was part of the package we booked.
The speed boat was nice and clean but the island itself was a bit disappointing.
They have sections for huge turtles, baby tutels and a big lizard and birds.
So many locals are trying to sell their products in a very expensive price compared to other places (do not buy anything from there).
Written January 26, 2020
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Jdw100
london58 contributions
Family
Awful. Shockingly bad environment for a range of poor animals.

Turtles are kept in shallow concrete pools with literally nothing but a tiny bit of sand in the bottom. Not a stone or piece of seaweed.

Water looked quite deoxygenated. These are marine animals that dive deep, they are not meant to be kept in 30cm of warm water with no stimulation at all.

A range of birds in empty wire mesh cages. An eagle with nothing in cage except a tree branch, that’s it, nothing else.

Bats didn’t even have the luxury of a branch. Fruit bats hanging from the mesh at top of their cage. Apart from one that was jammed into a rabbit hutch.

Who locks a peacock in a cage? They hang around if fed and treated well. A row of sad birds in small cages with nothing else in them.

I was disgusted and fuming!

Bali zoo, bird park and safari are great - great examples of how to house animals in appropriate and stimulating environments.

This place should be shut down and the owners locked in small empty cages - see how they like it.

Please, please, please for the sake of these and future animals do not go. Do not give them any profit from treating animals this way.

Absolutely disgusting.
Written June 27, 2021
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AMF
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Family
We went on a boat trip to Turtle island under the impression of going to a turtle conservation zoo.
At first it seemed exciting to be able to go into the water with these majestic giant turtles, our guide started out with lots of informative information and good fun distracting banter, I struck up a happy positive conversation to delve deeper into what is really going on here,as my thoughts kept thinking of possible buy, keep ,sell,I don’t know however judge for yourself if you go and ask lots of questions.
The guide did reveal that the turtles are bought off local fishermen for a sum of money
The most disturbing thing is the bird who was terrified of the keeper, very stressed, when approached the bird was squawking, hissing and bristling its neck feathers, the bird would obediently jump on to the visitors arm when the keeper approached, running off terrified after, when I mentioned its stress the guide said “ he likes it “ or they love massage, it was encouraged to hold and pat each animal.
There was a very big group of kids and families, kids chasing the birds anything goes here, appalling !!!! , I felt very sad after visiting.
Needs urgent action
Worst of all the people are so friendly and lovely making a living as best they can, completely unaware of what is ethical or of basic animal care they just can’t comprehend how to care for the animals if only somebody could show the way here.
Why are the monkeys there and not at the monkey park orphanage? We where told they where hurt and will be released in two years
Written February 23, 2020
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alice
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Family
Thought I was going to an island inhabited by wild turtles - arrived at a concrete area where huge turtles were kept in what were practically kiddy paddling pools with unclean water and no space for them to move, let alone swim. it was clear the turtles were very depressed and suffering. other animals such as birds were also kept chained up in tiny enclosures. Furthermore, this ‘experience’ wasn’t even cheap in the slightest

Do not reccommend the snorkelling either, spent a fair amount of money just to peer into cloudy water at a few rocks…
Written August 1, 2022
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Carol S
Canberra, Australia58 contributions
The guide that met me was lovely but then proceeded to very quickly move me through the various animal enclosures. My driver had said that you were able to hold a turtle but the guide gave me 2 fake turtles to hold. For a turtle rehab facility, it was extremely small and disappointing. At the end of the 5min tour, the guide asked me for a tip, not impressed. This was a waste of my time and money.
Written February 4, 2020
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Helen F
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Couples
We left Turtle Island extremely upset at the poor living conditions these poor animals are living in. Firstly we were charged $118.00 AUD for a one hour tour run through BMR Dive and Watersports. A total rip-off. The brochure shows that the turtles are in the ocean when you visit them. Complete bulldust, this is far from the truth, these beautiful turtles are living in a dirty pond of minimal water. The other animals, birds, goannas are all living in small cages, the snakes looked seriously sick and the mongoose's living conditions brought tears to my eyes, it was in a tiny rusted cage without even a floor in the cage, this poor animal was also not well. To top it off, the cheek of the guide, he tried to say that he was a volunteer and would like a tip. Please please do not support or go to this horrific tourist attraction. It should be shut down immediately.
Written February 24, 2020
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Jay M
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Family
Zero stars if I could. The hotel we were staying at had excursions available and the one we chose, myself reluctantly, was a “turtle sanctuary”. We got to the start point where we boat out of. The sales guy is telling us all the price is 80 a person. We ask why exactly and his English get really bad all of a sudden. I told him the 80 dollar package included snorkeling and we didn’t want to snorkel. We only wanted the $50 package that includes the glass boat in crap water and a trip to “turtle island” which actually isn’t an island by the way. He tried to charge us 70 a person anyway and when he realized we only wanted what the hotel had quoted us in print he gave in. We get there and as soon as we get off we meet our “tour guide”. They immediately ask where you are from so they can gauge their prospects on getting money out of you. My only satisfaction here was that after telling them we were from California I am hopeful they were really let down after not leaving them one cent. I don’t want any tour guide I want to explore myself but there was nothing to explore anyway. Beautiful sea turtles in shallow concrete tanks, then they show us their other animals. A couple of crappy toucans, a snake and finally f’ng turkeys. I flew 20 hours to see turkeys? They ask if we wanted pictures with the animals to which I replied “Not at all”. We didn’t give them a dime. They make us take a picture in front of a turtle statue and try to sell it to you. No thanks. Beverages?? As much as I wanted a beer to take a little sour out of the experience, hell no again. No to any “contribution” or money in any of their pocket.
Do not ever go. The biggest waste of an excursion you can ever have trust me.
Written January 19, 2020
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Iona C
Lakewood Pierce County, WA237 contributions
We bargaind down to $80 US and what a frigging rip off. Boat was dirty, the operator stopped over some fish and just about gased us all, we told him to keep moving. The water was full of trash on the 10 minute boat ride to the most horrendous cages and dirty pools of water to supposedly see animals in a conservation area on the inlet not an Island. Then you pay for a someone to take you through the cesspool and to use their gross bathrooms.Don't fool yourself every guide gets a cut of where they take you that charges admission and thats how we ended up there to get a ride on the boat with his friend. Do not let them take you to places to eat that they pick, choose your own and have them stop there. If people stop going then maybe those animals can be set free.
Written February 23, 2020
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alisondews47
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
Family
Unfortunately we wanted our driver to take us to the turtle conservation and education centre which has great reviews on TA. He drove us to the port in Benoa / Nusa Dua and we got sold to by the boat people to take speed boat to the alleged above turtle conservation Centre. Ended up paying 700,000 rupees for 4 of us for speedboat. Massively ripped off.
Get there and realise this is turtle island not the conservation centre. ☹️ no baby turtles no opportunity to release into ocean. Just a poorly run zoo with poorly treated animals and reptiles.
Beach was dirty full of rubbish, plastic and overrun with boats and Chinese tourists.
Very pushy volunteers who expect you to donate and buy souvenirs ☹️
Written January 3, 2020
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