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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

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Address: Rekawa Beach | Visitor Centre, Rekawa, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
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+94 76 685 7380
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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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Nice project, but some idiotic tourists

Turtle watch is, in principle, a very nice project! The entrance fees and donations go to people that were former turtle nest robbers and today take care of the nests in shifts... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Turtle watch is, in principle, a very nice project! The entrance fees and donations go to people that were former turtle nest robbers and today take care of the nests in shifts, so that the pretty stretch of beach is observed 24/7. Every night, visitors are being given the possibility to wait from ~20:30pm on at the visitors centre, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We where very lucky because turtles where on the beach when we arrived. We got to see one covering eggs layed and then return to the ocean. Great experience, only downside was tourists to guide ratio wasn't great so we couldn't hear much of what he was saying.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Turtle watch It was a full moon, however being mid December we knew we were a bit early for the main turtle nesting season. So we went along fully expecting not to see a turtle. Arrived at the reception at 8.00pm, being glad we brought anti mozzie spray, so were other as we shared it around. A quick briefing took... More 

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Thank KingsleyRoyal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the experience so much. It was so emotional and humbling to see nature at its finest. We saw one big turtle laying eggs and on the way back we saw many turtles returning to the water. Even though we were told it was quite a quiet night. Prepare for a waiting time, we waited silently on the beach... More 

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Thank llauriciu
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place does'n have enough facilities for the people who are visiting to see the Turtle... Make sure to bring at least water to drink, because no place to buy over there. There are not friendly and they wanted earning money..

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's good to know that there is a foundation to protect the turtles in Rekawa but I'm not sure how much the focus is on the turtles welfare. We went 2 nights in a row and we did see both turtles laying and turtles hatching which is incredible to watch. Simply put though, there are too many people in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a thrill to walk along the beach and experience the wonder of seeing a huge turtle make a deep burrow in the sand, to lay ping pong ball sized eggs and then make the herculeantask of covering the eggs with sand. A true wonder of nature.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The conservation center had lots of information about turtles on the wall, which was great considering that we needed to wait there until one of the former poachers turned conservation guards called base with a sighting. While waiting at the base, the rules were well explained and it was made clear that 1000 rupees per person donation was expected. It... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't actually do this as the price was 1000 rupees per person to walk on the beach and watch a turtle struggle up with about 50 other people. Yes there are people on the beach at night which they say keep a watch on the turtle nests but they are all sleeping! There were no people on the beach... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed at the stunning Buckingham Place hotel which is only a couple of minutes from the turtle watch. It was my birthday & we were lucky enough to witness a big green turtle laying eggs & then going back to the sea. Apparently in high season there can be as many as 300 people on the beach but on our... More 

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