Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, West Bay

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Groups of sea turtles and an array of exotic animals appear during a visit to Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, a turtle meat farm and conservation park. Established in 1968, the farm aims to protect the depleting population of wild green sea turtles from poaching through a combination of breeding for the meat industry, and the annual release of captive turtles into the wild. Stretching over 9.3 ha (23 ac), the farm is also home to a 2.7 m (9 ft) saltwater crocodile, an exhibit called “Predator’s Reef,” and the largest swimming pool on the island. Despite having attracted controversy in the past, there are also numerous spots where you can hold and touch yearling turtles--a rare opportunity to see the beautiful creatures up close. Plan to see Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter and other attractions that appeal to you using our West Bay holiday planner.
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  • We enjoyed a short trip through the turtle farm. Would like to go back to enjoy the rest of the park next time.  more »
  • Had an awesome time visiting the Turtle Centre! First time ever holding a turtle! The transportation was prompt, knowledgeable, and kind!  more »
  • We went here as part of an island tour, so we were limited to seeing the turtles and could not visit the rest of the place, which seems large and had other kinds of animals. The staff were fine and we...  more »
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  • Fantastic place to see different wildlife. Definitely a must go to while visiting the Island. Got to feed the adult turtles, go snorkelling with them, along with many different specifies of fish, and even got to hold the tiny baby ones. Such a cool experience, I would definitely recommend visiting here if you like wildlife.
  • As part of a shore excursion with the Royal Caribbean cruise line in the Grand Caymans we visited the turtle farm. Basically, the bus stops and you get out and walk through the park that displayed a few other species as well as the Giant Sea turtles. We had about an hour which was plenty of time for my wife and I. They also have touch tanks of smaller ones that you can dive into and swim or touch. We did not get in the water because of the constant feces from the aquarium. However, we did hold and touch and washed are hands very thoroughly at the station. That said, we went off season and there were not many people so that was a plus! Highly recommend if you have never seen these animals up close, there are very large! Worth the time and money, otherwise you sit on the boat.
  • Lots of fun and educational too. Had a great time learning all about turtles, holding babies and snorkeling with turtles and lots of cool fish. Great guide. Nice facility. Lots of amenities. Showers, food, shopping, beach with lounge chairs and lifeguards. Very nice.
  • I GIVE THIS PLACE 5 STARS BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE READ 5 STAR REVIEWS!!! WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE. THIS PLACE IS NOT A SANCTUARY FOR TURTLES AS YOU MAY THINK, THEY KEEP MANY OF THEM IN SMALL TANKS AND ARE TOUCHED BY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE EVERYDAY WHICH STRESSES THEM OUT AND MAKES THEM BIGHT EACH OTHER!!! THIS PLACE ABUSES THE TURTLES INSTEAD OF HELPING THEM, THEY ALSO KILL THE TURTLES FOR THEIR MEET!!! I HOPE THAT YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NOT A GOOD PLACE FOR TURTLES!!PLEASE DON'T GO THERE IF YOU LOVE TURTLES THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE TOUCHED BY HUMANS 24/7 THEY DESERVE TO BE IN THE WILD!!!!
  • Stopped in here during an excursion on the island. Very clean, super informative and the turtle interactions were awesome! Gift shop was decently priced as well. I cannot comment on the food, as we did not eat here. Worth the visit if you are just stopping in!
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