Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Park Bay

(3.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Glimpse sea turtles up close at Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered turtles. Observe the creatures in several pools--each one houses a different species. The turtles are raised here until they are 14 inches long and then released into the ocean. The owner offers valuable insight and knowledge, teaching visitors the value of a healthy environment and how they can help save all types of endangered species from extinction. See Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and all Park Bay has to offer by arranging your trip with our Park Bay tourist route planner.
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  • Wonderful visit of Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. Learned a whole lot about the Hawksbill Turtle and it's lifecycle. 
  • The sanctuary is an amazing effort by its founder to protect the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle. The sanctuary solely relies on visitor entrance fees which means its small, underfunded and sli...  more »
  • The gentleman who owns the Sanctuary has vast knowledge of the Hawksbill sea turtles. He is returning the turtles back to their natural habitat when they are physically able to do so. It is necessary ...  more »
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  • Small privately run conversation project, in a real beauty spot. The turtles look well cared for and the staff were friendly and informative.
  • I think because a few people like to hunt turtles against the law, this is a wise idea to protect them. A nice place to see turtles grow in safety until they are ready to be released back into the ocean.
  • I visited this supposed sanctuary in Bequia 3 yrs ago & have never forgotten it. I would call it a turtle prison, heartbreaking. The ex fisherman who runs it is scamming to make money, I have absolutely no doubt about it. The converted turtle hunter breeds turtles & keeps these turtles for up to 9 yrs in sterile, featureless tanks, waiting for the time he decides to deliver them to the sea. He has many huge tanks, each tank holding turtles of different ages. Imagine spending years in a tank, crowded with other turtles, then suddenly being faced with the world of the ocean! The fisherman tells me it is to give them the chance of surviving. I say he does it for show for the paying tourists. He even has one turtle that he proudly told me is his 'pet' which he keeps by itself in a plain opaque tank, one foot all around bigger than it is. He at that time said he had had it of 9 yrs. It just sits in the tank, nothing to do, that is it, for yeeeeaaars, for its whole sad life. I left the place feeling sick & angry. I later attended a party I was invited to in a lovely house on a hill. The host asked me what I thought of the sanctuary. I told him & he said 'I am glad some one feels the way I do about that place' There are no animal rights advocates on the island of Bequia, I spent a lot of holiday time trying to save a trio of starving, tied up dogs, but there was no animal care institution to turn to. No one therefore, is watching Old Hegg Turtle 'Sanctuary.
  • Everyone should go to support the cause
  • love animals