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Watamu Turtle Watch

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Address: Watamu, Kenya
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+254 713 759627
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Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to...

Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources. Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.

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Recent visit to Watamu Turtle Watch

Well worth a visit in Watamu. Very interesting to learn all about Turtles. You can have a tour guide or just read the very interesting information all around the centre. They... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Emma M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit in Watamu. Very interesting to learn all about Turtles. You can have a tour guide or just read the very interesting information all around the centre. They help protect and support the turtles as they hatch and make for the water. They heal turtles who have been injured and keep them in an environment until they... More 

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Thank Emma M
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

It's is just amazing what people can do for the nature! Some couch the turtle in ocean but others are rescue and save... Thank you very much for your work!

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Thank Babadogo
Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you at our centre again soon. More 

Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Visited the centre and it was very nice to be informed abt how it is work and what they do to protect turtles. All is on volunteer basis, so any help to them is very appreciated...Luckily there were no turtles ill when visiting. Very good job and thanks Ruth for yr clear explanation

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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your kind words! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

I think there is little known about turtles and the danger of turtles being extinct. Can we pull up more resources and support conservation effortts in this area

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Thank Herbert D
Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and for your review. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

My friend and I Jeannette had the best time visiting the Watamu Turtle Watch. We were ble to meet Big Mama and Big Papa as well as a small hawksbill who has been found with fishing line stuck around his neck. I have visited many conservation rescues around the world and Watamu Turtle Watch is right up there with the... More 

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Thank AB5Safaris
Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit in October and for your lovely review. We hope to see you again and very much appreciate your support. More 

England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

Fantastic place! We went to have a look around Turtle Watch one afternoon; we arrived unannounced and Dennis was more than happy to show us around. He walked us through brilliantly presented boards offering information that was educational without preaching and informative of the immense work undertaken by Turtle Watch. Their work doesn't stop at simply helping sick turtles, they... More 

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Thank Travel_Like_a_Veggie
Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting us and for leaving such a lovely review. We hope to see you again if you are in Watamu. Thank you for your support of our work and we are so glad that you enjoyed your tour. More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

We had a guided visit to their turtle rehab center and were impressed with the work they are doing to help marine turtles and other animals and to educate the community and visitors on the importance of taking care of them and our oceans.

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Thank allijean2015
Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for leaving such a lovely review. We hope to see you again and are glad that you enjoyed your tour. More 

Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

It was low season and there was no one in Watamu, but that doesn't mean there weren't turtles to be rescued or released back into the wild. The tour is very nice and although I've seen several turtle protection/ conservation societies I've never seen a center like this. We saw 3 turtles released and tourists were allowed to hold and... More 

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Blaenau Festiniog, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

These people really care and that shows in all they do. Our guide was very knowledgeable, articulate and passionate about all things turtle and the local ecosystem. I learnt so much whilst I was there - very highly recommended.

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Thank MikeLaing
Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and recommendation! More 

bristol
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2016

We were very impressed with the talk that Ruth gave us prior to showing us around . It is well worth a visit

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Thank poppleBristol
Local Ocean Tru... W, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for visiting our Centre! More 

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