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Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sri Lanka

(3.1/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
At Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, get up close and personal with some of the world's majestic creatures. The turtle farm breeds, releases, and rehabilitates sea turtles of all ages. Tour the sanctuary with one of the knowledgeable guides, who will teach you about these magical animals. Visitors also have the opportunity to hold and, with some luck, release the creatures into the wild. The turtle sanctuary is a not-for-profit organization that largely depends on donations, which can be made on site or via their website. A visit to Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ahangama trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • Although it would be easy to be cynical about the hatchery, they are doing their best to help protect those wonderful creatures - rescuing eggs from scavenging dogs and birds and releasing the hatchli...  more »
  • The Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery at Habaraduwa near Galle cost just Rs500. Our group had an excellent guide, explaining the different types of sea turtle in Sri Lanka and their conservation efforts. T...  more »
  • Very interesting and informative, looked at all the possible sea turtles that live in the area. Definitely worth a visit, not a lot of time it will take. Cost 500 rupees, kids free.
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  • Nice project for the baby turtles and a very good explanation by the guide. Unfortunately, the pools seems to small for the big turtles. If you are on the way please visit, but it is not worth to travel an extra hour for this.
  • Not worthy, you will be expecting to see at least educational info, and a good place for turtles to hatch and be released to the see, and keep the ills in a recovery area. They got a tank with young turtles, that they were for at least 2 months ready to be released in the water , add to that several tanks of less than 0.4 m3 (14 cf) for three or more turtles, some longer than 60 cm (2 ft) or more. Three in particular never stop to hit itself against the walls of their cage, specially chocking those younger little ones that should be released long time ago. They got exploited turtles for the solely purpose to catch the money of the tourist. If your propose is learn, or to help the turtles, or do anything ecological sensitive, don't do the same mistake we did (we got a lot of explanations to give to our kids when they asked why we were there)
  • We read some of the negative reviews but went anyway with our children, 6 and 4. Place seemed "legit", there was one person working there that informed us in English about the whole hatchery process and the healing of injured turtles - interesting and if true it seemed like a good place for the turtles even though the tanks may have been a bit small for the largest turtles. Entry was 500 rupees per adult, children free. No petting the turtles seemed to be available (was not offered and we did not ask for it). All in all a nice and short trip (we went by tuktuk from Weligama, cost 1 500 rupees and took 25 min).
  • Tourist trap: it's posing as a refuge / hospital but in fact it's a small money factory for the owners. The "ponds" are way to small and the little explanations they give are contradictory: one will tell you that the small turtles will be released after 4-5 days, another will tell you "a few weeks". Entrance 500, you cannot touch the turtles (but, of course, if you pay extra...) Stay away.
  • Worth a 30 min visit. Small place. Lovely baby seaturtles