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“a little dissappointing”

Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
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Owner description: 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!
Tavistock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“a little dissappointing”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

We were lucky enough to see two green turtles on the night we visited but had to keep a good distance away from them so really only saw their silhouettes in the moonlight. It's a shame that the gentleman guiding us had very poor english and his research talk was somewhat lost in translation

Visited February 2014
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Schweiz
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice experience”
Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Was there on the 01.03.2014. At first (20.30) we were only 4 people but then some more arrived and we were about 30 people. We waited (with some "false alarms") until 24.00 - then we saw a really big turtle, but she did not find a good spot for her nest so she went back to the sea.
I still really liked the experience...being on the silent beach in the night with stars and so on... Also I talked a lot with the current "Program Manager" (from netherland) which is a really nice guy and knows what he's talking about! Fortunately our group was quiet and sticked to the rules :) all in all I can recommend it and I think it's a goood thing to support.
But keep in mind: this ist not for everyone, there is no touching and maybe also not much seeing (so it may be not a place for children which don't understand it)...but if you are into nature and wildlife you should come :)

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Hamburg, Germany
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“Magic moment”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

Really loved this experience. One of nature´s finest and I wish the project all the best. Unfortunatelly there were a bit too many tourist when we were there and the one guide let the people a bit too close to the animals in my opinion. I´m no turtle expert but it seemed like it stressed the turtle. Don´t expect good photos since it´s dark and there is only red light but therefore it will be a great memory for life. It takes time so be prepared to stay there several hours. Some French people were complaing that they could have spent their time and money better in Mirissa so I guess it´s not the place for everyone...

Visited February 2014
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Graz, Österreich
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“great place to see turtles but they can't manage the crowd yet”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

a lonely protected beach where 5 species of sea turtles (including the huge leatherback) come on land to leg their eggs. You have there to be at eight when they open. In a small but very informative information centre you can learn a lot about sea turtles, their life circle and their protection. Meanwhile guides on the beach will look for turtles on land to brig you close to them when they started to lay their eggs.
We were there in the wrong season (better is May/June), we knew that, so we were not dissapointed to much, when we finally did not see a single turtle - you get your money back in that case anyway.
The problem is: there are too many tourist (mainly Frensh for some odd reason), and too few guides: so when we finally went to the beach to wait for turtles - the group was too big and too loud, you are suppossed not to use your own torches, but the guides could not controll such a big group: so I fear that his will disturb the turtles if they come ashore. In the end we were kind of glad that no turtle showed up - all that noise and flashes of cameras would have upset us. (that had happened the night before, when a turtle finally had shown up)
Summary : a great place to go and see wild life, if they only could manage to controll the crowd!

Visited August 2013
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Kiama, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience, not to be missed”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This project has competent turned around from what I understand and there are 4 or 5 volunteers now running the show helping to conserve the turtles natural environment and keep them safe. Friendly staff, great knowledge and a very worthy cause. Seeing a large green turtle laying her eggs on the beach was definitely a highlight of our Sri Lanka trip. Thanks again!

Visited July 2013
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