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“Basic but worth visiting. Do not confuse with Tanjung Benoa version”

Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
australia
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“Basic but worth visiting. Do not confuse with Tanjung Benoa version”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

After reviewing visiting Turtle Island near Tanjung Benoa (and reading all the negative reviews) we decided to visit the Conservation centre in Serangan.

When trying to write this review and searching for the Turtle Conservation centre, Serangan on Trip Advisor- there were several reviews but they seem to be reviewing the Tanjung Benoa version and are all very negative. Finally I found this review but there's only been 1 review.

I'd give the centre 3.5 stars (but can't give a half star with the mouse). It is very basic but I found it quite interesting and how often do you get so close to turtles and pick them up - even baby ones? When we arrived (a sunday) there were school children there learning about the plight of the turtles. It's great that they are teaching their children this.

The centre isn't very large. There is a large section with young turtles of various ages (separated from each other) who when healthy will be released back into the ocean. A staff member will come over and give you information about them and allow you to handle them (gently). Our 14mth baby was fascinated by the turtles (but was scared when a small 3 mth turtle was flapping its fins close to her).

There is a large pool where the larger turtles live and swim until they can also be released. Some of these turtles are huge. There is also a section where fertilised eggs are buried (fenced off) for hatching. There's also a small tortoise area as well.

The centre doesn't charge and just asks for donations - we gave a generous donation.

If you want to see turtles close up and learn more about them from the volunteer staff, I'd recommend visiting. But don't expect flash facilities like you might see at a marine park back home.

Visited May 2012
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“Admirable dedication to turtles”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

The Turtle Conservation centre is at Serangan, a tidal island near Sunur and takes about 90 minutes drive from Kuta. It is staffed by a small permanent staff, supplemented by volunteers, who come from all over the globe. At Serangan they have a number of recovery tanks where sick and injured turtles are taken. Turtles get injured by boat propellers, sharks, fishing nets and plastic bags. This is not a breeding centre but there were a number of baby turtles who had been rescued and brought to the centre. When the turtles have recovered they are released to the ocean.
This centre is not a flashy government funded showcase and its structure is functional (as are the toilets).

Please donate generously

Visited March 2012
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