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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 685 7380
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Worth the effort to go out at night

Great to see a community organised and caring for the environment and wildlife. Our guide took us... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Geelong, Australia
Not worth it

We got asked from our hotel if we would like to head along the coast to go turtle watching at night... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lily-Mae F
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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 2 weeks ago

Great to see a community organised and caring for the environment and wildlife. Our guide took us to the beach only when the turtle had made its way to the nest sight. Very strict about torches and disturbing the turtle. I felt we were able...More

Thank Andyneet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got asked from our hotel if we would like to head along the coast to go turtle watching at night not realising what it would entail. We arrived about 8.15 and waiting 45 Minutes in the waiting area before heading down to the beach....More

Thank Lily-Mae F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to pull up in our tuk tuk at 8:30pm right as it was announced that 'a turtle is on the beach' - so no waiting, though I understand some nights it may be 11pm or later before a turtle arrives. (Note:...More

1  Thank Tribey1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw a Loggerhead turtle bury her eggs and head out to sea. Our expert guide said we were very lucky. It was a beautiful sighting, There were a lot of people that night on the Watch, but not a problem as the guide knew...More

Thank fattyowls
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

The turtle conservation project helps visitors to see these endangered creatures while ensuring the turtles are not disturbed and the environment is protected. We met at 8.00 pm at the visitors' centre near the beach, and were briefed by our guide on not using white...More

Thank William_C2000
Reviewed 3 September 2017

We were lucky that a turtle came on the night we were there and we watched her laying her eggs and covering them with sand before struggling down to the water again. There were quite a lot of people but despite this it was well...More

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

The guide does not explain anything about what kind of tourtles are approaching the beach, they just charge 1.000LKR. Even worse,we were 30 people, most of them bringing PHOTO CAMERAS WITH FLASHES! And the guide touched the green tourtle. It is a pity, they should...More

3  Thank Jose Manuel L
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

It is beautifull to see the big turtle strugle in the sand to make a whole and lay the eggs. It is an impressive animal. The other thing is that there are many tourist and the guide is not friendly.

Thank Hans d
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

I was fortunate that when I visited there was only a small group of tourists. Within an hour of arriving we were informed that a green turtle had come to shore to lay her eggs. We walked a short distance across the sand were able...More

Thank Alexander S
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I would have given this an excellent rating if this can be done with smaller groups e.g. 20-30 max. The experience of seeing a turtle lay eggs in the beach is magical but we stood there with at least 100 people In the dark with...More

Thank SimoneBristol
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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