Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Park Bay

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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 Bequia has to offer by arranging your trip with our Bequia tourist route planner.
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  • If you visit Bequia, make sure to stop at Old Hegg! This turtle sanctuary tucked back on one of the prettiest parts on the island overlooking the ocean is such a cool experience and bonus, there are t...  more »
  • Love this place... Will be back for sure tgus time with the kids. The love turtiles so. They will enjoy this.  more »
  • This sanctuary was set up by a local who used to hunt turtles in his youth. He gave us a tour, it's not a vast facility, but interesting all the same. The turtles are beautiful and you can see why the...  more »
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  • This small sanctuary does great work. Run by a guy who is really passionate about saving turtles.
  • Small privately run conversation project, in a real beauty spot. The turtles look well cared for and the staff were friendly and informative.
  • Small place but very interesting.
  • 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.