Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Aabith Daz
    Badulla, Sri Lanka45 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Can be visited one time
    This hatchery could have been an amazing place if they have more turtles to watch , and let us to release them to the ocean. They just have 5 tanks with Adult and baby turtles and they allow to take pics with baby turtles which was nice. I hope all the turtles get released as soon as they get fully recovered.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Trail30451132316
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of turtle hatchery in Hikkaduwa
    Hired our own tuktuk and drove ourselves to the hatchery. The owner was very knowledgeable and took us around each tank to explain each species and what they do to help the turtles. It’s not what we expected however we were pleased to find out that they do hatch and release the turtles and not just hatch them for show. We did want to be apart of the release however they have specific times of the month they do this. If you did want to release a turtle it will cost you.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Nimish Goray
    Pune, India525 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super place to learn about turtles and if lucky, watch their eggs hatch
    We paid a visit to the hatchery when we were around Kalutara recently. The place is small with a few tanks to hold turtles and a place to bury eggs for hatching. The ticket cost LKR 2000 for adults LKR 1000 for children. The staff was very knowledgeable and shared their knowledge about the three turtle species. We also got an opportunity to hold and closely see a turtle (a very friendly chap). We did not get a chance to see the eggs hatch. Sometimes, they let visitors release baby turtles into the ocean, though I guess that would be improbable as the center houses baby turtles until they grow up a bit. I guess they might be allowing visitors to release turtles into their retaining tanks or maybe slightly larger turtles into the ocean. Whatever, this was a must-visit place.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Ainsley L
    Charlottetown, Canada25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved releasing the baby turtles
    Such a cool experience and very informative! We were able to pay to release some baby turtles into the water. Wouldn’t recommend doing that with young children as one of our turtles did get swept up by a seagull, but otherwise very cool and a much better survival rate than the natural run to the water.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 February 2024
  • Molly1107
    United Kingdom484 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Room for improvement
    I think some reviewers have missed the mark a little. This is a sanctuary and the larger turtles would not survive in the ocean as they are disabled. They are cared for by vets who visit every week. That said, I think they could perhaps create a nicer environment, bigger tanks etc. We were also surprised that they allowed visitors to touch/poke the turtles. Our guide was excellent and we did learn a lot. Considering the issues these beautiful creatures are having with swallowed plastic, one would think Sri Lanka should take note of their over use of the material - one of the worst countries we have visited in terms of caring for the environment. Lastly, the entry fee of 25 USD pp is a touch high but if it all goes into care and research, fair enough.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
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ron r
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Our visit to the Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa was a truly remarkable and heartwarming experience that I highly recommend to anyone traveling in the area. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by knowledgeable staff who were clearly passionate about their work and eager to share their expertise on sea turtle conservation.

The highlight of our visit was the incredible opportunity to participate in releasing baby turtles back into the wild. It was not only educational but also an emotionally moving experience to see these tiny creatures start their journey into the ocean. The staff's dedication to the conservation of these beautiful animals was evident throughout our visit.

the negative reviews i have read bewilder me and show a complete lack of understanding they survive on donation only, no entry fee and no government support. the bigger turtles wouldn't survive in the ocean due to ailments! They should be in bigger ponds then give them the $ to do so.

Spending 2 hours at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa was enlightening and inspiring. It's a great activity for families, nature lovers, and anyone interested in wildlife conservation. The efforts of the hatchery to protect and rehabilitate sea turtles are commendable, and supporting their work by visiting is a rewarding experience. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable adventure!
Written 27 April 2024
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Molly1107
United Kingdom484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I think some reviewers have missed the mark a little. This is a sanctuary and the larger turtles would not survive in the ocean as they are disabled. They are cared for by vets who visit every week. That said, I think they could perhaps create a nicer environment, bigger tanks etc. We were also surprised that they allowed visitors to touch/poke the turtles.
Our guide was excellent and we did learn a lot.
Considering the issues these beautiful creatures are having with swallowed plastic, one would think Sri Lanka should take note of their over use of the material - one of the worst countries we have visited in terms of caring for the environment.

Lastly, the entry fee of 25 USD pp is a touch high but if it all goes into care and research, fair enough.
Written 15 April 2024
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Nabil T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very nice experience to learn about the turtles and understand their livings challenges in the wild and how they are being helped.
Written 1 April 2024
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A-Man90
Melbourne, Australia222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
First of all, don't listen to all the negative reviews. I was a bit skeptical before going, but I loved every second of it.

To all the eco-warriors bashing this place, the big rescue turtles here are disabled. They won't survive a day in the ocean. Thanks to conservation centers like this, they get to live longer. Have some common sense before posting negative reviews.

It cost us Rs. 2000 per person for entry. This center is small, with multiple tanks and a sand pit where they keep the eggs. When we visited, there was a day-old baby turtle and a lot of 2-month-old turtles. They asked us to clean our hands before touching the turtles. The owner explained about the different types of turtles and where each turtle came to his center. We were fortunate enough to feed them fresh fish. It was a great experience.

They release turtles within a month if they fully recover from injuries. However, if the turtles are permanently disabled, they keep them in the center.

Location-wise, this place is extremely convenient as it is a 5-minute drive from the snorkeling area of Hikkaduwa.
Written 15 March 2024
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Ainsley L
Charlottetown, Canada25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Such a cool experience and very informative! We were able to pay to release some baby turtles into the water. Wouldn’t recommend doing that with young children as one of our turtles did get swept up by a seagull, but otherwise very cool and a much better survival rate than the natural run to the water.
Written 17 February 2024
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shahar m
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Pls, do not go to that beach if you love animals
Full with Russians behaving like human garbage
They are all over hikkaduwa destroying a beautiful place
Written 9 February 2024
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Justine A
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Do not visit, this is not a ‘sanctuary’ for these wonderful creatures. Please read other reviews.
It made me cry when I saw how the turtles were living, I had to walk out.
Written 7 February 2024
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Amy_1_2_3_4512345
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
I visited here as part of an organised tour and it’s not a pleasant experience. For the younger turtles who are there and will be released back into the sea, their time there is short. However, there were older turtles, one of which had been there for 10 years, living in a pool double it’s size. It was a prison, not a sanctuary. Those bigger turtles should be moved on somewhere to live a happier life rather than being kept there for tourists.
Written 3 January 2024
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Nimish Goray
Pune, India525 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We paid a visit to the hatchery when we were around Kalutara recently. The place is small with a few tanks to hold turtles and a place to bury eggs for hatching. The ticket cost LKR 2000 for adults LKR 1000 for children. The staff was very knowledgeable and shared their knowledge about the three turtle species. We also got an opportunity to hold and closely see a turtle (a very friendly chap). We did not get a chance to see the eggs hatch. Sometimes, they let visitors release baby turtles into the ocean, though I guess that would be improbable as the center houses baby turtles until they grow up a bit. I guess they might be allowing visitors to release turtles into their retaining tanks or maybe slightly larger turtles into the ocean. Whatever, this was a must-visit place.
Written 1 January 2024
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Trail30451132316
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Hired our own tuktuk and drove ourselves to the hatchery. The owner was very knowledgeable and took us around each tank to explain each species and what they do to help the turtles.
It’s not what we expected however we were pleased to find out that they do hatch and release the turtles and not just hatch them for show.
We did want to be apart of the release however they have specific times of the month they do this.
If you did want to release a turtle it will cost you.
Written 26 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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