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Address: Union Vale, Park Bay, Bequia
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+1 784-458-3245
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A local fisherman, Orton (Brother) King, constructed this sanctuary in an...

A local fisherman, Orton (Brother) King, constructed this sanctuary in an effort to preserve the hawksbill turtle.

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There's not much to see here but the young local guide made us glad we came. His personal stories about how he came to work here and love turtles were worth the visit. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There's not much to see here but the young local guide made us glad we came. His personal stories about how he came to work here and love turtles were worth the visit. The facility itself is unimpressive but since I also love turtles I was glad to have visited. Afterwards you can stroll over to the Sugar Reef for... More 

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only a small operation but the turtles are beautiful and hopefully the work will continue. There is a need for some larger tanks for the bigger turtles.

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Thank Keith1812
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Understand the green reasons for the sanctuary but not a lot to see. A nice walk from town or part of a tour would be ok.

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Thank JohnEric2
Kochi (Cochin), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely informative young man gave a tour of the sanctuary. Well worth supporting the sanctuary. Really enjoyed seeing it.

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Milton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

A selection of Turtles in various stages of life. Very friendly and informative staff. If you go to Bequia you have to go to this place, the Turtles actually interact with you.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful visit of Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Learned a whole lot about the Hawksbill Turtle and it's lifecycle.

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Thank TimJMeyer
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The sanctuary is an amazing effort by its founder to protect the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. The sanctuary solely relies on visitor entrance fees which means its small, underfunded and slightly shabby. Though its appearance may not look very professional, Old Hegg Sanctuary makes an invaluable effort for the conservation of theTurtles, in an area where they are hunted for... More 

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Lake Havasu City, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The gentleman who owns the Sanctuary has vast knowledge of the Hawksbill sea turtles. He is returning the turtles back to their natural habitat when they are physically able to do so. It is necessary to take a taxi to the Sanctuary and you will want them to wait for you while you tour. It is an enjoyable and informative... More 

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Thank lakecran
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This sanctuary is an island treasure, not so much for the exhibit but for the founder and "tour guide." An 80+ year old man dedicated to the survival of these endangers turtles. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Lloyd S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This is just our feelings on a very short visit. We did not feel comfortable with how these lovely animals were being kept. Some in very small tanks for their size. They say they release most after 5 or 6 years. Why so long? surely it doesn't take that long to make these beautiful animals well again. They had a... More 

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