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Watamu Turtle Watch

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Address: Watamu, Kenya
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+254 713 759627
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Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to...

Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources. Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.

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They are here to help turtles

Go to Watamu Turtle Watch when you're in Watamu. Turtles have a really tough time. Many of their nesting sites have been destroyed by too much development, they eat the... read more

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go to Watamu Turtle Watch when you're in Watamu. Turtles have a really tough time. Many of their nesting sites have been destroyed by too much development, they eat the plastic in the ocean (which they can't digest and then starve to death), they are caught in fishing nets, killed by propellers and are suffering from cancer caused by pollution.... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting tour and so educative. Everyone should know these things about sea turtles and every child in the area should visit this place! You shouldn't expect to see many turtles though :) This is not a zoo but a hospital. There are often turtles and you can look at them, but actually it's very good if there are... More 

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Thank Ilona K
Nairobi, Kenya
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102 reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

A grass roots Kenyan organisation dedicated to marine conservation and the preservation of our marine environment --especially the threatened turtles. The outfit runs programs on environmental education and outreach to local communities, income generating activities and conservation activities for monitoring, scientific research and conservation of marine turtles.

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Sudbury, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I went expecting to see more turtles, and more exotic surroundings. It was more of a learning center that rescues Turtles as locals bring them in. They are doing good work, and should be commended, however it was not what I went there to see. Maybe it was my misconception. If you have a passion for Turtles and the sea,... More 

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Johannessburg
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

The work that is being done here is amazing and the dedication to help and educate by everyone at Watamu Turtle Watch is inspiring! If you're in Watamu, you HAVE to head down and check it out! You won't be disappointed, I promise you that!

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Thank AndrewFlatt
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This is not my first visit to Watamu Turtle Watch, and it won't be my last! I am humbled by the DEDICATION of the whole team. The commitment to the Turtles, and in fact the Marine Wildlife is phenomenal. I am so privileged to have spent time with these amazing creatures.Fact is, each time I come here, I see the... More 

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Thank Judy F
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Well worth a visit in Watamu. Very interesting to learn all about Turtles. You can have a tour guide or just read the very interesting information all around the centre. They help protect and support the turtles as they hatch and make for the water. They heal turtles who have been injured and keep them in an environment until they... More 

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Thank Emma M
Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

It's is just amazing what people can do for the nature! Some couch the turtle in ocean but others are rescue and save... Thank you very much for your work!

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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we hope to see you at our centre again soon. More 

Genoa, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Visited the centre and it was very nice to be informed abt how it is work and what they do to protect turtles. All is on volunteer basis, so any help to them is very appreciated...Luckily there were no turtles ill when visiting. Very good job and thanks Ruth for yr clear explanation

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Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and for your kind words! More 

Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 21 December 2016

I think there is little known about turtles and the danger of turtles being extinct. Can we pull up more resources and support conservation effortts in this area

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Thank Herbert D
Local_Ocean_Trust, Manager at Watamu Turtle Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and for your review. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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