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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 0094 766 857 380
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Our Turtle Watch was founded by the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP), a...

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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Beautiful spectacle of beautiful creatures. The only negative aspect is that there are too many people coming and not always respecting the animals.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 October 2016
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Visited @ 8:30pm with my partner. We had our own scooter, so we were not subject to the inflated prices that tuk tuk drivers quote for their services. Once we arrived, management demanded a 1000rs payment with absolutely zero explanation of service. I had a huge suspicion this was actually meant to be a donation, but it was portrayed to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful spectacle of beautiful creatures. The only negative aspect is that there are too many people coming and not always respecting the animals.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We were staying next door, so thought we'd pop in. It is the quieter end of season, so there was a group of 25 or so. There was no real explanation about what to expect or information about the turtles apart from some photography information. Suddenly, there was a call of " turtle on the beach" and off we trudged.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Lead tours of turtle egg laying in the evenings. They have a number to call and see if turtles are coming ashore that night

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

At first we have to say it was a beautifull experience to see a turtle on the beach. We think its a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget. However, we are not sure if this is the right way to get this experience. We were with around 50 people on the beach with one turtle and... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Basicaly I expected this tour on July, 19 - 2016 as a meet with the neture, but in reality I met a hustling and noizy group of people scaring poor turtles, trying to hude away from people...As well as I suspect, local people eat eggs of these turtles, gathering them out from the sand in nights. Just awful. Avoid supporting... More 

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Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I went to there in 9.30 p.m. with a local tuk tuk, It's not very crowd but around 30 peoples are there. all we seen the amazing turtles laying there eggs. It's a very nice thing to see with my eyes. !!!

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Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Very bad after 11 pm them didn't show turtles..we cannot go beach them want sleeping..we chek morning 2 turtels Caming ..the gay tell us after not Caming turtels you came tomorrow..but we are so sad them make only for take money..Thise was bisnuse ..you can see 1mint turtel with only one red light and canot see clear and we want... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

The Conservation Project itself is good and all, but the turtle watch should be more organised. It was just too crowded. We were told that it would be maximum 10-20 people per group, but our group was obviously more than 40. People talked, tried to get to the front to get closer to the turtle, and some were using flashlight... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

We were very lucky and a green turtle arrived on the beach to lay her eggs just as we arrived at the visitor centre around 9pm. Turtles aren't quick about this (which is the point) so even when a turtle arrives there will be three hours spent on the beach while the turtle digs a hole, lays her eggs, covers... More 

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