Turtle Island Park
Turtle Island Park
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  • James
    Driffield, United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature in action
    A truly amazing experience with Crystal Quest. We visited the island 16 years apart to experience with our children and it was worth it. A paradise island with lovely helpful staff enabling you to see a magical natural experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Fran_C_Wild
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    We stayed on turtle island for one night and it was an amazing experience. It was a beautiful island to relax on in the day and the turtle experience in the evening was fantastic. A once in a lifetime experience! The food and accommodation was quite basic, but it was good enough. Thoroughly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Seaside51660488256
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Laying eggs.
    Very basic accommodations. If you expect to be pampered, don't. Shower in the bathroom sprays water everywhere--on the sink, on the toilet, on the floor. Uncomfortable bedding. That being said, awesome to see a Turtle laying her eggs. Seeing the hatchery and understanding the work they are doing was educational and interesting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 March 2024
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Seaside51660488256
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Very basic accommodations. If you expect to be pampered, don't. Shower in the bathroom sprays water everywhere--on the sink, on the toilet, on the floor. Uncomfortable bedding.
That being said, awesome to see a Turtle laying her eggs. Seeing the hatchery and understanding the work they are doing was educational and interesting.
Written 21 March 2024
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adnyl444
London, UK63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Yes I saw turtle laying eggs on beach, eggs being put in hatchery and babies being released to the sea. However, it became obvious to us all very quickly that the welfare of the turtles and the conservation program is not of great importance to staff. We saw babies hatching in the hatchery being left to die in the sun. We were told not to us red torches (which are recommended by wildlife experts) because they stress the turtles whilst at the same time the guide shone a bright white light beam at the mother turtle so his private tourists could take pictures. He told them to sit in the nest whilst the mother was laying eggs. We saw people passing baby turtles around and staff did not stop them. The warden who told us about the program was not a warden but a private guide whose only interest was giving his private guests a good show. He knew less about turtles and the program than we did. There must be a better turtle conservation program going on somewhere in the world where they actually care about the turtles and know about them.
Written 13 September 2023
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Fran_C_Wild
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We stayed on turtle island for one night and it was an amazing experience. It was a beautiful island to relax on in the day and the turtle experience in the evening was fantastic. A once in a lifetime experience! The food and accommodation was quite basic, but it was good enough. Thoroughly recommend!
Written 20 August 2023
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James
Driffield, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A truly amazing experience with Crystal Quest. We visited the island 16 years apart to experience with our children and it was worth it. A paradise island with lovely helpful staff enabling you to see a magical natural experience.
Written 3 August 2023
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Michele W
Bend, OR133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The accommodations are very basic - but having air conditioning was helpful. The experience of staying the night to witness how the turtles are being saved, from watching the mother lay eggs, to watching the hatchlings be released into the ocean, was fantastic and will stay in my memory forever.
Written 20 June 2023
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Milly W
Cheltenham, UK30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The turtles themselves were amazing and as a huge animal lover I really enjoyed this part - however I did feel quite uncomfortable that after laying her eggs the ranger shines a light on her so everyone can take pictures, clearly upsetting her. This was unnecessary. There is also zero effort put into the rest of the day! I was hoping for some education about the turtles, like how the orangutan & sun bear conservation places provide - but they just put on an ancient video which lasts about 10 minutes and that’s it. Very very basic accommodation, food was not good at all, breakfast absolutely awful. Such a shame because I was so excited and had high hopes for this trip and it cost a lot of money. I’m not sure if there are other islands where you can see the turtles nesting, I would definitely go elsewhere if so - unsure how crystal quest are justifying the price you pay to go here unfortunately. If I didn’t love turtles so much I would have given this 1 star
Written 1 May 2023
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Denise D
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This is an experience for those who want to get up close to turtles and understand the amazing efforts of the conservation team in this area. Living accomodation is basic and food is too although the team do really well considering. We were without water to shower in the evening although all was sorted by morning. But that’s not why we were there so it didn’t matter. The rangers were really helpful and informative and it was a real experience to see a turtle laying it’s eggs, understand the process and then to actually release hatchlings and watch them race to the water.
Written 29 April 2023
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Vicky W
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
I wouldn’t recommend visiting unless you are desperate to see the turtles. The whole turtle experience lasted about 1hr and the rest time on the island was not good - the accommodation is extremely basic. Given they are the only accommodation they have zero incentive to update it. The rooms were very dated and the bathroom was gross - the shower would not drain so we had 2cm of water the whole time covering the entire bathroom which was very unpleasant. There was a cockroach in the bedroom. You can barely snorkel as the tide is so low most of the day. The snorkel was extra charge and poor quality. The staff were uninspiring. The food was not good quality - we were starving the whole time as we couldn’t really eat the food and when we asked to buy snack they were reluctant to open up the shop 30mins early. They put on a good show for the actual turtle part but I wonder what happens when the tourists are not around.
I would recommend going to a different island that has a smaller hatchery but nicer place to stay.
It is a big shame because tourist paying decent amount of money to stay and there Is clearly no investment in making it a nice experience.
Written 22 September 2022
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Claire B
London, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The conservation project is wonderful. The guides and all of the staff involved are helpful and knowledgeable.
The accommodation is adequate for one night, for the most part clean if a little worn. Unfortunately I thought that the food was poor quality; the trips are very expensive and while I understand the costs involved in the conservation project, I expected better quality food.
Written 25 August 2022
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Lor6969
Cambridge, UK276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We had a great experience. Pia who took care of us was really friendly and helpful. The whole experience is a bit expensive but was worth it. Seeing the turtle laying the eggs and releasing the little turtle into the sea was truly amazing.
Written 9 March 2020
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