Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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  • Aabith Daz
    Badulla, Sri Lanka21 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can be visited one time
    This hatchery could have been an amazing place if they have more turtles to watch , and let us to release them to the ocean. They just have 5 tanks with Adult and baby turtles and they allow to take pics with baby turtles which was nice. I hope all the turtles get released as soon as they get fully recovered.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 6, 2023
  • Trail30451132316
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of turtle hatchery in Hikkaduwa
    Hired our own tuktuk and drove ourselves to the hatchery. The owner was very knowledgeable and took us around each tank to explain each species and what they do to help the turtles. It’s not what we expected however we were pleased to find out that they do hatch and release the turtles and not just hatch them for show. We did want to be apart of the release however they have specific times of the month they do this. If you did want to release a turtle it will cost you.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Nimish Goray
    Pune, India528 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super place to learn about turtles and if lucky, watch their eggs hatch
    We paid a visit to the hatchery when we were around Kalutara recently. The place is small with a few tanks to hold turtles and a place to bury eggs for hatching. The ticket cost LKR 2000 for adults LKR 1000 for children. The staff was very knowledgeable and shared their knowledge about the three turtle species. We also got an opportunity to hold and closely see a turtle (a very friendly chap). We did not get a chance to see the eggs hatch. Sometimes, they let visitors release baby turtles into the ocean, though I guess that would be improbable as the center houses baby turtles until they grow up a bit. I guess they might be allowing visitors to release turtles into their retaining tanks or maybe slightly larger turtles into the ocean. Whatever, this was a must-visit place.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Ainsley L
    Charlottetown, Canada13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved releasing the baby turtles
    Such a cool experience and very informative! We were able to pay to release some baby turtles into the water. Wouldn’t recommend doing that with young children as one of our turtles did get swept up by a seagull, but otherwise very cool and a much better survival rate than the natural run to the water.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 17, 2024
  • Molly1107
    United Kingdom493 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Room for improvement
    I think some reviewers have missed the mark a little. This is a sanctuary and the larger turtles would not survive in the ocean as they are disabled. They are cared for by vets who visit every week. That said, I think they could perhaps create a nicer environment, bigger tanks etc. We were also surprised that they allowed visitors to touch/poke the turtles. Our guide was excellent and we did learn a lot. Considering the issues these beautiful creatures are having with swallowed plastic, one would think Sri Lanka should take note of their over use of the material - one of the worst countries we have visited in terms of caring for the environment. Lastly, the entry fee of 25 USD pp is a touch high but if it all goes into care and research, fair enough.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
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rajsinn
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
These sea turtles are kept for years upon years in small shallow basins of water. Some of the turtles do not have any room to move around at all. These wild turtles are kept in this so called sanctuary for the entertainment of tourists and profit. All these turtles should be set free but they are not? Olanka Travels and other tour operators should stop supporting this tourist attraction. The turtles are sad and stressed and probably are terrified being constantly grabbed by adults and children for photographs. Tourists should realise that "this sanctuary/ wildlife entertainment centre" is all about making money. Please do not support this.
Written February 12, 2020
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Chowarth
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
I really hoped this would be something we felt was doing good. We arrived at the hatchery after reading some mixed reviews online, we assumed this hatchery would be caring for injured turtles hoping to release them back into their natural habitat. However the place had about 3 adult turtles isolated by themselves in tiny tanks, one member of staff then grabbed the big turtle and tried to make us hold it which we refused as we could see it was uncomfortable.

There was then another open tank with lots of baby turtles all living on top of one another. The staff member explained that they had hatched these eggs themselves from the beach and that we could pay to release them to the sea. I cant understand how taking eggs from off the beach, hatching them in this setting and then asking for money to release them back to their natural habitat is in any way helping these turtles.

We are not usually ones to leave poor reviews but we left thinking that this place is more of a hindrance than help.
Written January 31, 2022
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Daniel W
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
Severely impacted by the Covid-19 lockdowns, the hatchery is open, but only hosting 3 turtles, two of which were missing a flipper and brought in for recovery. Not worth the 500 lkr entrance or haggling with a tuk-tuk to drive up there when the whole experience takes 5-10 minutes. At least the owner was honest with me about the conditions before I went in.
Written April 23, 2022
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Trail30451132316
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Hired our own tuktuk and drove ourselves to the hatchery. The owner was very knowledgeable and took us around each tank to explain each species and what they do to help the turtles.
It’s not what we expected however we were pleased to find out that they do hatch and release the turtles and not just hatch them for show.
We did want to be apart of the release however they have specific times of the month they do this.
If you did want to release a turtle it will cost you.
Written December 26, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nimish Goray
Pune, India528 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We paid a visit to the hatchery when we were around Kalutara recently. The place is small with a few tanks to hold turtles and a place to bury eggs for hatching. The ticket cost LKR 2000 for adults LKR 1000 for children. The staff was very knowledgeable and shared their knowledge about the three turtle species. We also got an opportunity to hold and closely see a turtle (a very friendly chap). We did not get a chance to see the eggs hatch. Sometimes, they let visitors release baby turtles into the ocean, though I guess that would be improbable as the center houses baby turtles until they grow up a bit. I guess they might be allowing visitors to release turtles into their retaining tanks or maybe slightly larger turtles into the ocean. Whatever, this was a must-visit place.
Written January 1, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ainsley L
Charlottetown, Canada13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Such a cool experience and very informative! We were able to pay to release some baby turtles into the water. Wouldn’t recommend doing that with young children as one of our turtles did get swept up by a seagull, but otherwise very cool and a much better survival rate than the natural run to the water.
Written February 17, 2024
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jackjock
London, UK18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Couple dozen wee turtles looked half dead, couple large unwell looking turtles complete rip off. you are urged to pay to release a small turtle. it all seemed seedy and contrived.
Written August 13, 2022
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Molly1107
United Kingdom493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I think some reviewers have missed the mark a little. This is a sanctuary and the larger turtles would not survive in the ocean as they are disabled. They are cared for by vets who visit every week. That said, I think they could perhaps create a nicer environment, bigger tanks etc. We were also surprised that they allowed visitors to touch/poke the turtles.
Our guide was excellent and we did learn a lot.
Considering the issues these beautiful creatures are having with swallowed plastic, one would think Sri Lanka should take note of their over use of the material - one of the worst countries we have visited in terms of caring for the environment.

Lastly, the entry fee of 25 USD pp is a touch high but if it all goes into care and research, fair enough.
Written April 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Aabith Daz
Badulla, Sri Lanka21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
This hatchery could have been an amazing place if they have more turtles to watch , and let us to release them to the ocean. They just have 5 tanks with Adult and baby turtles and they allow to take pics with baby turtles which was nice. I hope all the turtles get released as soon as they get fully recovered.
Written December 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SorensodDK
Slagelse, Denmark36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Nice to see big and small turtles at close hand. Friendly and proff guidance. And boards to tell about the different types of turtles. Entrence is 500 rps p.p.
Written February 20, 2020
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