Tortugranja
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trocki005
Erie, PA244 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
If you are coming here looking for the Atlanta aquarium, you've come to the wrong place. This is a very small Sanctuary that shows you the different stages of turtle life and turtle development. The price is very inexpensive. The turtles that are raised here are sent out into the ocean during the season. The price is reasonable 3 US dollars worth 30 pesos. I recommend bringing pesos to the island because you'll pay almost a double for everything in US dollars. 30 pesos is about a dollar fifty per person. You can also pay an additional couple of pesos to get a bag of food to feed the turtles. It is very entertaining watching the munch on the little bits of food. There's a family of iguanas that live there too! bonus
Written March 8, 2021
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA665 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family

Tortugranja was one of our stops with Go Isla Tours while on the Island. The entrance fee is $3.00 and you can also purchase a small bag of turtle food. Please understand before visiting that you will not spend beyond 30 minutes at this small but kid friendly facility. This turtle sanctuary does not have tons of exhibits, videos, and pamphlets to offer but what we found at the facility was Armando the most enthusiastic, committed, and lovely elderly gentleman ever. I only know that he was a former fisherman but his love for the turtles radiated despite our language barriers. He was so thrilled to share the story of the turtles to our tour guide that kindly interpreted the information for us. We enjoyed visiting and having an opportunity to see so many sea turtles specifically the babies but what we enjoyed even more was witnessing Armando put his heart and soul in all that he does at Tortugranja and for that we were simply grateful. Thanks Armando for all the love you showed my son during our visit. Sometimes it is the simple things in life that makes great learning opportunities for children. We thank you for your kindness.
Written December 28, 2020
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Lainey
Cleveland, OH18 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
For it being such a low price of $3 USD, it is worth going and spending about 45 minutes to an hour. There are so many turtles of different shapes and sizes and we really enjoyed the insight our volunteer tour guide provided us. I’m not sure where else you’d be able to get so up close to so many sea turtles, so I recommend going!
Written March 9, 2021
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Illini1982
San Tan Valley, AZ199 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I were visiting Isla the last week of December/January. My family has been there before, but the couple we were traveling with had not. We spent one day exploring the island on a golf cart and took them to the turtle sanctuary. If you have never been there, you should go once. They have several "pools" of turtles It is really cool to see them the first time. They also have an inside display area with quite a few aquariums. The price of admission is very good...only $3 USA per person. They do try to get you to buy small sacks of food for the turtles at the entrance. They are very cheap, but to be honest, I wouldn't buy one. You don't realize it at the gate, but nearly EVERYBODY has bought a sack and the pools have a ton of food floating in the water. The turtles don't even eat it, they have so much food. But, if you have little kids with you, it is fun for them to throw the pellets into the water. Overall, it is a must see once, but I wouldn't go back again, unless I'm taking someone who hasn't been there before.
Written January 4, 2020
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Mick
6 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Visited sea turtle facility of some kind, actually hard to tell nature or intent of mission b/c of lack of personnel available outside of vendors. Some interpretive signing above open water shallow tanks of turtles but children were asking if they could pet them (NO!). Thought plastic wristbands for entry environmentally insensitive (hand stamp?),hand feeding the turtles with seagulls attracted to open tanks outside and exposed tanks to the sun also seemed inappropriate. Hope that there are benefits through breeding programs and local children's interpretive programs to offset these negatives.
Written March 11, 2020
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Lilwitch1
Merrickville, Canada15 contributions
Jan 2020
$3 USD will gain you entry into the attraction. Personally I found the indoor part of the experience a little disheartening and likened the fish tanks surrounding the turtle pools to that at a very outdated restaurant.

There is a fenced area in the ocean that we expected to see turtles in, but did not. Just more large 'pools' outside.

The island is quite small and we visited as it was something we saw in passing, it was not a planned attraction.
Written January 19, 2020
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cypjg
Spring Branch, TX196 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Brought my daughter here during our recent trip as she is an animal lover. She enjoyed looking at the turtles and seeing fish both inside of the aquarium and in the ocean. We paid the extra $30 pesos to get turtle food so that she could feed them as well. The entire visit took less than 30 minutes but it wasn’t expensive at all. We would do it again to support the cause. Great activity in the south end of the island.
Written July 25, 2021
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illinoisgirldb
Glen Carbon, IL32 contributions
Aug 2020
Small turtle sanctuary helping to preserve sea turtles and make more people aware they need our help to survive! $3 admission. Doesn't look like much - but they are doing good things on a very small federal budget. They bring the turtle eggs back to the sanctuary to protect them from being eaten by predators. Out of each hatching, they keep a small number of babies and raise them to different ages and sizes and systematically release them to give them a chance to survive.
Written August 13, 2020
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Tommy’s Travels!!
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
Dec 2020
The turtle sanctuary is a great time if you love turtles and fish. It's pretty cheap ($5 USD) and has a dozen tanks with different fish and crustaceans, and a dozen tanks with turtles ranging in size from baby to very large ones. You can buy turtle pellets to feed them. There are also several tanks outside which have the giant turtles and a shark. It's a fun stop along the way to other attractions but there isn't much here if you're planning on spending a day or something. It's about a 15 minute attraction but the proceeds go to raising these turtles who have had their numbers drop over the years so it's a good cause. Great for kids.
Written December 30, 2020
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Molly R
2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I was looking forward to visiting this sanctuary, as I have a great appreciation of wildlife and its preservation. Since the island seems not care too much for the beautiful land they have been given (plastic and rubbish covered every corner I could see) I was hoping the sanctuary would give back what little it could to the native flora & fauna.
What I experienced was heartbreaking. Turtles were kept in small, bare enclosures, swimming around on top of each other, I witnessed a couple of turtles lying lifeless on the bottom of two of their outside enclosures. The indoor section contained shallow, dirty and unprotected enclosures, inviting tourists to put their hands in and touch the animals the sanctuary claims to protect, displaying ineffective signs of how to treat the animals and no supervision.
Please, please, please do not support this business. I wish I had been warned.
Written February 7, 2020
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