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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

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786 North West Point Road, West Bay KY1-1303, Grand Cayman
+1 345-949-3894
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Cayman's most-visited and perennially popular land-based attraction, Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter hosts more than 300,000 visitors each year. Conservation of sea turtles and other island wildlife with associated research and education are at the heart of the company's mission. The park is also a vital component of the country's economy, providing a world-class tourist attraction that is truly one-of-a-kind: the only institution in the world that successfully breeds green sea turtles, releases captive-bred sea turtles into the wild, and allows visitors to get "up close and personal" with sea turtles in various exhibits and supervised encounters. Local and Caribbean birds, marine predators, crocodile and other island wildlife are also featured in this Grand Cayman island favorite "must-see".
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  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“breeding pond” (59 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
786 North West Point Road, West Bay KY1-1303, Grand Cayman
+1 345-949-3894
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Enjoyed seeing the turtles, watching them being fed, visiting with a knowledgeable employee of 30+ years, and holding a small one turtle (with assistance). Professional, friendly staff, and an impressive government program. Clean and spacious. Nice bar/restaurant/gift shop on site.

Thank Debi M
Reviewed 3 days ago

My sons (ages 7-14) all loved snorkeling here. The layout of the winding river/pool was perfect and they weren't scared because it was so safe, yet realistic.

Thank Teammilitello
Reviewed 4 days ago

We decided to make the haul to West Bay from the North Side and I'm glad that we did. Between the birds, turtle feeding, water slide, snorkeling - we had an action packed three hours a the turtle centre that the kids will not soon...More

Thank erinkeysor
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stopped by this conservation center and was pleasantly surprised to see more turtles than staff! The center is well run and very knowledgeable about the species. These are amazing creatures ! Love em and happy to see they are well cared for !!

Thank dmhorner
Reviewed 6 days ago

Seeing Turtles from many different parts of the world was interesting. I was disappointed to find out that some of the turtles were sold for commercial purposes to the locals for turtle soup. They also release some turtles into the wild also.

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We didn't do the full package of activities which include swimming and snorkeling with the animals. That may be more important for families with kids. The general areas have plenty to see of turtles of many sizes. Some are amazingly large. There is also a...More

Thank joe-chicago-23
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had this excursion arranged through our ship (Carnival). Let's see what I can find that was good about this place. Lunch was included in the excursion and it was okay. Standard stuff. My 12 year old really liked holding the turtles. What I did...More

2  Thank happyfamilytravel4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this place for 2 reasons ... 1. It's TURTLES!!! 2. It's a research center. You can see the scientists/researchers at work Our guide was very informative. It was a great experience. There was pools you can walk into so you can touch the...More

Thank Reeni01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To swim with turtles. No brainer. Kids spent 1 hour in the lagoon and another hour plus holding the turtles. It is a little sad since many of them are clearly not released into the wild but end on someone’s plate but good lesson for...More

Thank mmbs1975
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is nothing but a torest trap slaughterhouse disguised as a “conservation” initiative . We arrived from the other side of the island at 3:30 and were rudely treated and told “ you do not have enough time before we close at 5PM. So we...More

3  Thank p00dlegirl
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19 November 2017|
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Response from CayManTA | Property representative |
Yes, you can upgrade your admission ticket on site. BUT please note: if you buy your full-park ticket online from the attraction's website at least one day in advance, you can take advantage of their 20% off offer on the... More
Nico L
24 October 2017|
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Response from Elizabeth V | Reviewed this property |
We were picked up from and brought back to the hotel by shuttle bus "free". (I assume the ticket price included the transport.) We did tip the driver. Could not be more convenient!
Nico L
24 October 2017|
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Response from travellista1 | Reviewed this property |
I'd just hop on the bus.