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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

#1 of 1 things to do in Rekawa Features Animals
Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 685 7380
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Busy event. Started off well with friendly introduction to the place by someone who unfortunately... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Anne Marie P
via mobile
Lovely experience

The staff were immensely knowledgable and cared deeply for the turtles. No turtles have been hurt... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Glen L
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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!
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Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 685 7380
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Busy event. Started off well with friendly introduction to the place by someone who unfortunately did not speak very good english. Seemed a good organisation well aimed at the preservation of the turtles. Then had to wait if the turtles would come. Unfortunately they did...More

Thank Anne Marie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff were immensely knowledgable and cared deeply for the turtles. No turtles have been hurt here for the last 20 years due to their devotion. A lovely way to spend the evening, watching turtles laying and burying their eggs before entering back into the...More

Thank Glen L
Reviewed 1 week ago

On the night we visited there were around 50-100 people wanting to see a turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs. Returning to the same beach she was born on over 30 years ago! While waiting in the visitors' centre we were given a talk...More

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on our own (two people) for a walk on the beach around 9 pm and crossed the path of a green turtle going up the beach to lay its eggs. Two people from the Conservation Project yelled at us about money (one should...More

1  Thank Stan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like many others, we arrived here just after 8pm. There's a small hut with some interesting facts about the sea turtles that nest here at Rekawa beach. Shortly after the crowd builds, there will be a short briefing and quick lesson on the sea turtles...More

Thank IceGlory
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Saw a turtle leading eggs. Very beautiful beach. Guide didn't give much info. Costs £5 per person if u go with a guide but it's on a public- free- beach

1  Thank Colin W
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

I have seen many kinds of turtles. There is one box contains 3 or 4 turtles which has special needs. I have never thought that they can face this kinds of issues. We have seen the place which all the eggs are paired. Not allowed...More

Thank Rita C
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This would have been an amazing experience, but a word of warning to families wishing to take small children with them... be prepared for very long trekking on soft sand at nighttime, no lighting (it upsets the turtles) and a lot of waiting. It's an...More

Thank Johanna H
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

We went to turtles please 8:00pm but we waiting 3ours soo its ok my frist time I see turtles am soo happy

Thank Prabath L
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Visited the Turtle Center whilst staying at the neighboring Buckingham Place hotel. Basically there is a small center where you can read about the turtles and then you walk to the beach when "spotters" have seen a turtle. Basically a crowd of "10 humans" watch...More

2  Thank andrewmarkswainstont
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22 February 2017|
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Response from teachingtravels15-17 | Reviewed this property |
In this area, they are the best organization. There is a turtle egg hatchery on the road from Unawatuna to Tangalle, but there is some controversy about how they release, at a fee, the hatchlings. I would continue to... More
19 February 2017|
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Response from Joshpamy | Reviewed this property |
I think most accommodations in Mirissa will/ can help arrange that for you. It's during nighttime and the exact time is not guaranteed. It all depends on when the turtles come up to the shore. We went to the centre at about... More
9 December 2015|
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Response from Martha S | Reviewed this property |
Hiya, the way I understand it its that the main season is during your times specified but turtles come every day. The best thing is to call the project and they will tell you when a turtle comes to the beach. Personally I... More