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Watamu Turtle Watch

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Address: Watamu, Kenya
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2016
allijean2015
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars 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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4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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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 stars 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

The visit is quite interesting, with a knowledgeable guide. There a lot of signs explaining why turtles are endangered and giving information about turtles in general. Very informative details about conservation and what Turtle Watch actually does (care, release, awareness-raising...) A frequent comment on this page is about the few turtles you actually get to see when visiting the refuge.... More 

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

It was quite informative & didn't know turtles are that endangered and that they can swim very far to lay eggs. Good reception and a very friendly guide.

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Watamu, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

Good reception.. Interesting stories a bout turtles.. Atleast got to know Mangrove conservation go hand in hand with turtles Good place., neat clean organised

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I never realised the troubles turtles faced or how far they can travel until we visited Turtle Watch. You have to take your hat off to what the team are trying to achieve here and they need all the support they can get to continue the great work. Well worth taking the time to visit

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Rwanda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Very friendly and informative tour through by Ruth, even though we we arrived just before closing. Great displays and posters, simple but effective. Nice for the kids to see turtles, but sad to hear how in trouble they are. Definitely worth visiting to contribute to the project. Good work being done here!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

We went expecting to see many turtles in rehab there were 3 !! The tour is suitable for local school children, a better destination is the Bio Ken snake farm...many snakes and very informative...

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