We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“good chance to touch the turtle”

Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is nice but actually the island is not big and you can finished the trip within 5 mintues.

So, it is a bit costly.

1  Thank Athena T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (498)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

325 - 329 of 498 reviews

Reviewed March 9, 2014

First of all, like stated in other reviews, this is a review about the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in SERANGAN (close to Sanur). Not about the one in Benoa which appears to be a rip off.

We went to the TCEC with 5 people (all of us being around 25) and it took us about 45 minutes to get there from Ubud. We were almost the only visitors there apart from a group of children. When we arrived a girl (who was a volunteer) was waiting for us to show us around and to give us information. She did a very good job and was able to answer all our questions.

The first thing she showed us was a large bassin with 7 or 8 large turtles, one of them being 20 years old or even older. All of the turtles were there because they were found being injured or sick. The oldest one couldn't even swim anymore when they found it. Another turtle was missing a behind leg. The centre helps the turtles to recover and afterwards, if the turtles are strong enough, they release them into the ocean. We got the chance to feed the turtles fish which was such a amazing experience!

After that we went to smaller bassins with new borns in it. Some of them were 2 months old, others younger or older. This time we got the chance to hold them. The girl gave us information about why the turtles were there, when they would be released, how old turtles get, ...

At the end of our visit my sister and I both adopted a turtle for 100 000 roepia each. We got a certificate and then we went to the ocean with the volunteer to release the baby turtles (2 months old). She explained to us that once the turtles are two months old the centre releases them anyway but visitors get the chance to help them and give a donation that way. Once again it was such an amazing experience! We put our turtles on beach close to the water line and then we just waited for the turtles to crawl closer to the water and for the waves to take them into the ocean. Such a beautiful moment when you see your turtle swimming towards freedom. This is something I will never forget.

So TCEC is really a nice place to visit, I can imagine it is also nice to go there with children. They didn't ask for a entrance fee, they didn't ask for a donation and it was me who asked about the adoption. They didn't force it upon us and after we adopted the turtles they didn't ask our friends to donate as well. So let it be clear: this place does a really good job, they're not their to rip off tourists. So make sure you go to the right place.

12  Thank Jessica M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 6, 2014

This organisation is the real turtle sanctuary conservation centre that everyone who comes to Bali should be visiting. Completely relying on donations, this organisation would not exist without the help from the general public. They do not charge anything for you to see the turtles and they explain their work with passion and commitment. They have turtles of all ages, with young hatchlings taken care of and released into the wild when they are ready. They often find injured turtles who they take care of and release into the wild when they have recovered. They find turtles that have accidentally swallowed plastic bags and could die without their help. They ask for a small donation - whatever you can afford or you can buy a souvenir or drinks/sweets from their shop. My children were able to hold the turtles ranging from one month old to a two year old. Go, see, donate and feel that you are doing good for turtles, rather than visiting centres which are more interested than making a few bucks off the back of turtles. If you are there at the right time of year you can help with the release of hundreds of hatchlings to the sea.

3  Thank SunshineLeBonte
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We visited this place after the swim with the sharks which is just a five minutes down the road. The Centre is very clean with 15 or so inside concrete tanks with good circulating water with various aged turtles in them. Some are hatchings, one was a shark victim and others were larger juveniles.
You can gently handle the baby turtles, which was a great experience and the staff explain what they do and how the process works. They respond to people who have found turtle nests that have been uncovered and bring the eggs back to a enclosed egg hatchery. Once they hatch they put the turtles in the pools and then release them.
For $20 you can release a baby turtle into the nearby ocean and get a certificate.
Outside is a large in ground pool with some big turtles in it that you can look at.
Well worth the visit and a donation, if you do it in conjunction with the sharks it makes for a good couple of hours.

1  Thank John D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

First of all, make sure you get to the right place. I'll add a picture of google maps of the Serangan island and tag the location of this turtle conservation.
We were greeted by a guide that took us around and showed us the turtles. He was very informative and answered questions without hesitation (sometimes due to language barrier). Never made us feel pressured for giving money.
This is an awesome place that does so much good for the turtles. Please if you visit, make sure you find the real place and then make a generous donation! :)

3  Thank prot83
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Turtle Conservation and Education Centre also viewed


Been to Turtle Conservation and Education Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing