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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 94716789932
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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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Arrive by 8pm but be prepared to wait a few hrs for turtles to appear.

Worthwhile cause. Great value for money and pretty much guaranteed a turtle. Will only charge if turtle appears! Book Ananthaya Beach Resort - next door.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Matthew C
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Woerden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rekawa Turtle Watch is a conservation project that is purely financed by the entree fee tourists pay to be able to see a sea turtle (out of 5 species) lay her eggs and crawl back to the sea. In our experience, TCP Rekawa does this in a responsible way. They make sure that the disturbance of the turtle is kept... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worthwhile cause. Great value for money and pretty much guaranteed a turtle. Will only charge if turtle appears! Book Ananthaya Beach Resort - next door.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went by bus to Turtle project. Very well run,all visitors clear view and explanation of Turles habits and survival rates. Blown away by the amazing experience. Very cheap as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were so happy with our visit to turtle watch the volunteers were very friendly and informative We were lucky and within 5 min of our arrival a female turtle had arrived We waited on the beach for approx 20 min while she dug her egg chamber then the guide took us up in small groups to watch her lay... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was happy when my partner told me that we will go to this conservatory and he said that "most of the people are talking about this place", that this place was like the island of sea turtles. Sea turtles come here very night for what reason it unexplainable. Anyhow, to get there was very scary, the road are pitch... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Upon arrival, you will be waiting in the turtle information centre. About two hours a turtle had been finally sighted at the beach and everyone had to pay (i.e. you only pay when you see a turtle). It was such an amazing experience to be able to see turtles in the wild! We saw two turtles that night, although none... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

You wait in the project centre until the volunteers find and judge the time right to allow visitors onto the beach to watch. No white light or flash cameras are allowed - illumination of the turtles on the sand is only from red light sources controlled by the volunteers. We were fortunate to see two turtles on the beach when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

something different, it was wonderful to see how they bring them from the beach and look after them for 3 days and then release them back on the beach, we got to hold a small turtle to hold also a massive one certainly a day to remember.

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Thank geraldine t
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

I personally found the turtle conservation project very impressive. Its nice to see how efforts are being made to protect the turtle species. Watching the turtles in their natural habitat where they come in to the shores, dig holes and lay eggs, was indeed a unique adventurous experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

details of the trip can be found on their website. at the centre, there is a lot of information on posters about sea turtles - very informative. our group that evening consisted of about 20 people. they didn't bother to separate us into groups. just after 9, we were told that a turtle was digging and that we could go... More 

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