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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 0094 766 857 380
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Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a...

Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a NGO that started the nature tourism program in Rekawa. It involves ex turtle egg poachers working as turtle nest protectors and tour guides has won several global awards in the appreciation of services provided to the community, environment, economy, culture and tourism. For more information, visit their (old) website.

Since 2010, TCP stopped its activities and handed the conservation & eco-tourism program over to the local community. Our Turtle Watch is nowadays a small scale community-run project by NFR (Nature Friends of Rekawa) and is dedicated to providing a safe and secure nesting environment on one of Sri Lanka's most important turtle beaches.

The project employs previous turtle egg-poachers as 'nest protectors' who monitor the beach 24-hours a day to ensure all nests are safe from both natural and human predators.

Providing "in situ" nest protection is the most effective form of turtle nest conservation, and will help ensure these wonderful creatures are protected for future generations.

What to expect during a Turtle Watch?

We will be waiting at our visitor centre (or on the beach) until a turtle is spotted by one of our nest protectors, who are patrolling the beach. They will sign our guide & volunteers. For all information, please visit our website

Our project asks a donation of 1000 Rs. per person (500 Rs. for children). 100% of the proceeds goes to our conservation activities and and the local community. We will ask you to pay the fee before we enter the beach. A reservation is not required.

Please kindly note that our Turtle watch is run by locals, of which many do not speak English. Please refer to the multilingual information in the Visitor Centre or proactively approach one of our guides or volunteers with your questions.

They'll be happy to answer them!

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A victim of its own success

We were very lucky and a green turtle arrived on the beach to lay her eggs just as we arrived at the visitor centre around 9pm. Turtles aren't quick about this (which is the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very bad after 11 pm them didn't show turtles..we cannot go beach them want sleeping..we chek morning 2 turtels Caming ..the gay tell us after not Caming turtels you came tomorrow..but we are so sad them make only for take money..Thise was bisnuse ..you can see 1mint turtel with only one red light and canot see clear and we want... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Conservation Project itself is good and all, but the turtle watch should be more organised. It was just too crowded. We were told that it would be maximum 10-20 people per group, but our group was obviously more than 40. People talked, tried to get to the front to get closer to the turtle, and some were using flashlight... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very lucky and a green turtle arrived on the beach to lay her eggs just as we arrived at the visitor centre around 9pm. Turtles aren't quick about this (which is the point) so even when a turtle arrives there will be three hours spent on the beach while the turtle digs a hole, lays her eggs, covers... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Turtles are cute and peaceful animals and obviously this place is designated to orcestrate the flood of tourists approaching the beach. It fails to do so I can highly recommend NOT to go there bec of 5 reasons: 1. Though there are good explanations about the animals and their environment in the main station, it was not possible to follow... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived around 8.30pm and there was perhaps a manageable group of about 50. However, as we waited for a turtle to be spotted that group grew to over 100. We were told no more than 10 people at a time would be able to see a turtle. It was difficult to see how this would work in practice! When... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience with turtle watch. After a big journey through the deep wood next to the beach we saw a turtle put real eggs and two hours later she went to the sea. How amazing natural experience!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were about 100 people here the night we visited. (Thursday 4th August), we also had a long wait from 8pm to 10:30 before a turtle was spotted. I realise neither of these things is their fault. When we eventually went to look the size, and behaviour of the crowd was very poor (again not their fault.) I think they... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was a little sceptical before going there. In the end all my bad expectations became true. We started to go there and it was not sure, if we will see a turtle or not. We waited more than two hours and it was so crowded. There were around 50 people, the day before more than 140. We started to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our evening. Saw one turtle laying eggs... Absolutely amazing seeing 000's of years of nature. We highly recommend They are doing super work.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This could be a great attraction, but is sadly ruined by extremely poor management, extremely poor parenting and sadly quite a few idiots with no care for this planet. When we arrived we thought it was a nice lovely small group of around 10, however we went to the beach and we joined another group to make a huge group... More 

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