Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center

Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center

Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center
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You can join in our effort to save these endangered creatures. We welcome local and international visitors to share the experience of the baby sea turtle release or see the process in action for education and awareness of sea turtle issues.
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  • Rod_Var_Pa
    Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia10 contributions
    Poor quality and very expensive
    I got charged 20 USD per person which included the turtle release and I was expecting a better aquarium, they just charge a lot for tourists and the aquarium is quite poor, there are other aquarium that charge less for the same experience. There was only 6 small tanks for the turtles and a few tanks with lobster and some fish. I was driven there by my driver, for sure he was involved with them. My advice is to do your research and go there do not follow taxi drivers recommendation.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Bea
    Sydney, Australia1,752 contributions
    I expected more of a sanctuary not turtles jailed in small pools
    Came here as it was included in our tour. The decor is so tacky with giant Turtle, crab anc shark decor . The manager was so disinterested when we arrived then sent his staff to chase us to see if we had paid! As for the turtles - I understand they are injured or sick and cannot be released to the sea but how they’re kept is sad. Given their long lives surely living in a pool all day causes stress. The turtles slept or came up to breathe and some were knocking their heads against the wall of the pool, I think they can do better. Let the turtles roam free in their own enclosure and keep them separated if required but with access to land and water.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Summer
    Birmingham, United Kingdom39 contributions
    Avoid!
    I felt feeling really bummed out tbh It was amazing seeing turtles in real life but the excitement was short lived when I realised that some of them would spend their long lives in a completely empty tank barely bigger than them for their reasonably long lives. One of them destined to be miserable was an albino so otherwise fit and healthy but just slightly more vulnerable to predators and instead of letting it roam free for however long nature allows, they want to keep them in a barren tank and a tourist attraction...horrible. We were asked to donate towards the 'hospital' they were building too. We asked about vets and got a very wishy washy answer too. There was a mutilated turtle with just one fin that couldn't swim that was in a shallow tank big enough for its body which obviously couldn't be released as it would never swim, instead of putting it out of its misery it's left to sit in 4 inches of water, facing a blue wall to get touched by humans all day every day. I asked our guide if he'd be happy if he was just a body facing a wall and he laughed (language barrier). The tanks for the black tips and other fish are just fibre glass with no vegetation or places to hide, just bubbles. Baby turtles need to make the run from the nest to the sea to calibrate their navigation system so I'm not sure how they make sure that still happens either. I'm not convinced that the animals are being rehabilitated and set free to be honest.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
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Sam Z
Bedford, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Small centre but very charming. They really take good care of Ll the turtles and other sea life creatures. The staff were knowledgeable about all of the sea animals. The children really enjoyed the visit.
Written 3 November 2023
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hassan
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Worst place ever to visit. They take 10$ per person to take you 4 minutes around turtles, mentioning their ages and weights. Above on that, they ask for money as donations of turtle medicals.
Written 10 October 2023
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Anu. C
Salmiya, Kuwait15 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Lot of the pictures you see on internet is not the reality.
There was onky 2 baby turtles when we whent. They dont allow you to touch or hold them in your hands.
You can see the other turtles in their enclosure.
Great work in rehabilitating and rescusing injured turtles.
Not many turtles. Maybe a total of 20.
There is also few fish tanks.
Written 23 September 2023
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Summer
Birmingham, UK39 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I felt feeling really bummed out tbh
It was amazing seeing turtles in real life but the excitement was short lived when I realised that some of them would spend their long lives in a completely empty tank barely bigger than them for their reasonably long lives.
One of them destined to be miserable was an albino so otherwise fit and healthy but just slightly more vulnerable to predators and instead of letting it roam free for however long nature allows, they want to keep them in a barren tank and a tourist attraction...horrible.
We were asked to donate towards the 'hospital' they were building too. We asked about vets and got a very wishy washy answer too.
There was a mutilated turtle with just one fin that couldn't swim that was in a shallow tank big enough for its body which obviously couldn't be released as it would never swim, instead of putting it out of its misery it's left to sit in 4 inches of water, facing a blue wall to get touched by humans all day every day. I asked our guide if he'd be happy if he was just a body facing a wall and he laughed (language barrier). The tanks for the black tips and other fish are just fibre glass with no vegetation or places to hide, just bubbles.

Baby turtles need to make the run from the nest to the sea to calibrate their navigation system so I'm not sure how they make sure that still happens either.
I'm not convinced that the animals are being rehabilitated and set free to be honest.
Written 6 September 2023
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Shirley and Andy
4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very disappointing. Not what we expected. Over priced, paid 20 dollars per person. Did everything in 30 minutes. Would not go back
Written 2 September 2023
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Bea
Sydney, Australia1,752 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Came here as it was included in our tour. The decor is so tacky with giant Turtle, crab anc shark decor . The manager was so disinterested when we arrived then sent his staff to chase us to see if we had paid! As for the turtles - I understand they are injured or sick and cannot be released to the sea but how they’re kept is sad. Given their long lives surely living in a pool all day causes stress. The turtles slept or came up to breathe and some were knocking their heads against the wall of the pool, I think they can do better. Let the turtles roam free in their own enclosure and keep them separated if required but with access to land and water.
Written 24 August 2023
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cherylkoshy
Mumbai, India11 contributions
May 2023
Must go to this turtle sanctuary! We were impressed with how well the place is maintained, the guides are so informative and helpful. The kids learnt a lot about turtles. They are fairly priced and there's no pressure to donate or pay more for anything. It's all your choice so its a great experience about the turtles and not about pushing tourism.
Written 5 May 2023
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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK2,592 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The turtle hatchery was not the one they told us before and was not pleasant. The turtles are in tiny ponds and apparently all injured and it felt so sad. We paid to release a baby (2000lkr) and they gave us 2. We put them in the sea and a hawk came and got one straight away it was so upsetting and the guy did nothing. I know that’s nature but wow did I feel like a terrible person. Just be aware of what you’re really getting into here.
Written 28 April 2023
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Rod_Var_Pa
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia10 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
I got charged 20 USD per person which included the turtle release and I was expecting a better aquarium, they just charge a lot for tourists and the aquarium is quite poor, there are other aquarium that charge less for the same experience. There was only 6 small tanks for the turtles and a few tanks with lobster and some fish. I was driven there by my driver, for sure he was involved with them. My advice is to do your research and go there do not follow taxi drivers recommendation.
Written 21 April 2023
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Rory
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
We went as a party of 12: five locals and seven people living and working overseas. The two white people in the group – one of whom is married to a Sri Lankan citizen – were charged Rs. 2000 to enter while all others were given the local rate of Rs. 300, regardless of their individual circumstances.

The centre consists of a few cramped indoor tanks containing lobsters and fish as well as several turtle pools out the back. The turtle pools are full of excrement and green algae. They’re also small and contain no rocks or even images of rocks – just blue concrete tanks in which turtles spend months, if not years, of their miserable lives. (Many of the turtles, we were told, were apparently not fit for being released into the wild due to missing limbs or other deformities and were therefore destined to spend the rest of their existence in the same squalid tank. A rare albino turtle was being kept for novelty reasons and would be released when another was found to replace it. With only 1 in 100,000 turtles being born albino, according to the representative we spoke to, the chances of this occurring appear slim.)

There is one pool full of about 150 baby turtles. These are held hostage until they grow so large that the centre cannot maintain them any longer, or until guests pay a fee of Rs. 2000 to release one. A staff member unsuccessfully attempted to manipulate the two white people in our group into paying this ransom.

There are numerous turtle aquaria in the wider Galle region, many of which are far more deserving of support than this pathetic excuse for a sanctuary. I advise anyone reading this to go elsewhere instead.
Written 23 January 2023
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