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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  • YOU GET TO HOLD BABY SEA TURTLES!! If you love turtles as much as I do,this place will need to be on your itinerary. There's even a point in the year where you get to see the hatchery and the itty bit...  more »
  • Enjoyed swimming with the Turtles! Touching them was cool! The tanks were clean. The turtles were cool. Take the public bus.  more »
  • This was my third time to visit but I had family traveling with me that had never been. My 3 year old niece loved being able to touch and interact with the smaller turtles. We grabbed a bite to eat at...  more »
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  • We did only the basic turtle pass; no snorkeling with turtles and yet we had so much fun. The staff was very friendly and helped us click great pictures. We went early morning on a day where no cruise ships were coming and it was empty which only made it more enjoyable. The baby turtles were also so cute to see. The facility and bathrooms we're clean and we'll maintained as well.
  • Amazing opportunity to be so close to many, many turtles and other wildlife in a completely safe atmosphere. Unlike snorkeling a reef, where you have the threat of dangerous animals, too. The staff are very helpful and informative. And the gift shop is really nice, not all chintzy junk. I also liked the photo ops with statues and backdrops of ocean and creatures.
  • Our family truly loved this place, and the experience of hands on with the baby sea turtles. The all inclusive lunch option was great for us, as was the water park. Great place to visit! Then hit the beach or shops afterward!!
  • This is an amazing Wildlife Experience! This is a relatively inexpensive way to interact with different Wildlife native to the island. There are even some coupons in the local maps of attractions and hotel guides. They breed the turtles hear and a hatchery and they grow to an amazing size. They allow you to touch and hold some of the turtles and at other times you can feed the larger Turtles. They have sharks and other fish as well. There's a large Lagoon where you can snorkel with turtles and the non Predator fish. There is even an Aviary where you can interact with different birds.
  • It's an interesting experience if you are a nature lover. You can get an opportunity see and touch large and small turtles. There is also the aviary where you can view a wide variety of birds, the shark tank that is home to a few nurse sharks and various species of fish, and there are also two water parks where you can cool down.Go prepared to spend money on food as you are not allowed to take your own food. Overall, it's a hood experience.
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