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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

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786 North West Point Road, West Bay KY1-1303, Grand Cayman
+1 345-949-3894
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Cayman's most-visited and perennially popular land-based attraction, Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter hosts more than 300,000 visitors each year. Conservation of sea turtles and other island wildlife with associated research and education are at the heart of the company's mission. The park is also a vital component of the country's economy, providing a world-class tourist attraction that is truly one-of-a-kind: the only institution in the world that successfully breeds green sea turtles, releases captive-bred sea turtles into the wild, and allows visitors to get "up close and personal" with sea turtles in various exhibits and supervised encounters. Local and Caribbean birds, marine predators, crocodile and other island wildlife are also featured in this Grand Cayman island favorite "must-see".
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  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
786 North West Point Road, West Bay KY1-1303, Grand Cayman
+1 345-949-3894
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Reviewed yesterday

We paid full admission price of $45.00 per adult in a large family group in mid-afternoon. Due to incoming storms, there were hardly any lifeguards, water slides and pools were closed for almost 2 hours as we waited for the storms to pass. Finally, we...More

Thank sudachiz
Reviewed 4 days ago

Good for individual or family experience. Much to be learned about these wonderful creatures. Notonly will you see them in different stages of developement, what they eat, the dire need to protect the species, but will also enjoy the pleasure of holding one of them....More

Thank donnahelmick
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea how big these turtles got ya'll. They're huge, amazing creatures, and getting to see them so close took my breath away. it's a clean, friendly facility.

Thank Emily D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a dump! Please don't waste your money and don't go here...it's a total tourist trap. I'm not an extremist by any means and I will say this place is downright dirty, the turtles live in awful conditions, and no one who works...More

2  Thank Caraapril
Reviewed 1 week ago

The center was ok, we just bought the turtle center ticket, not much to visit for the price you pay. I would not recommend it.

1  Thank 805joann
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I spent an entire day. It's fun fun fun and more fun. The kids learn about turtles, adults enjoy the various pools, try swimming with the fishes, we did that it was awesome. Downside the refreshments are quite pricey, you might wanna...More

Thank Khalil G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is still a Turtle Farm, don't be fooled. The few turtles they release do NOT out weigh the captive environment for the rest of the turtles living condition at this place. Please do your research.

2  Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really worth visiting but DONT eat there! Cool place to spend hours with the kids, holding turtles, swimming with turtles, and learning about turtles. Water slide and pool to wrap up. But the food was awful and the service worse yet! Go early in the...More

Thank Nick T
Reviewed 1 week ago

A cool place for kids, turtle lovers, and a place to burn a couple of hours. If you are in this group, there is a whole lot more to do on the Cayman Islands

Thank Kyle V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While I appreciate and understand the value of having a sanctuary for these beautiful animals, I didn't feel like the visit justified the cost. I visited years ago when it was a much less structured location and had fond memories. I took my kids and...More

1  Thank Laura E
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Tracy H
25 August 2017|
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Response from Dr. R. Z | Reviewed this property |
Yes, don't do the swimming part of turtle tour.
Marie S
24 July 2017|
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Response from CayManTrip | Property representative |
Ground transportation is provided from and back to the cruise terminal IF you book your shore excursion through your cruise line. Cayman Turtle Centre does not sell "transportation-included" tours directly to cruise... More
Bryttnie D
21 July 2017|
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Response from daalgr5 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Bryttnie, I'm sorry, my patner cannot swim, so we didn't use that package. Try emailing the turtle centre. Regards David