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“Good place to see an old ad young turtle”

Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
Ranked #6 of 27 things to do in West Bay
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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".
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I absolutely LOVE turtles so I was happy to see and pet them BUT I would not go again nor recommend that you waste the basic (there are two rates) $18 to do so.

It's one concrete pool after another of sad turtles of all ages just swimming around and around. The petting part made me feel like I was traumatizing the poor little turtles so I got out of the water fast (wear shorts). I walked past where you snorkel with the turtles and it was basic, icky, and not worth it (you'll only need a swimsuit for this part).

Please Note: The hatchery is not open until October so no itty bitty turtle viewing until then.
The educators here are very open that they raise some turtles for food so idk why some reviewers are spazzing out. In order to cut down on off-shore harvesting, this is like a .... controlled selling of their meat. Not everyone is a vegetarian/vegan. I do agree with you though that the young turtles should not be pet and regret not reading your reviews before I visited.

The store is reasonably priced but the FOOD is not so if you can't go a half hour without eating, then bring your own snack.

Feeding the turtles is $5 Cy

Thank K L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The basic package is $18 - There are tanks with different sizes of turtles, the big breeding pond, and the baby turtles you can hold. The hatchery was closed due to the season, so we didn’t see any eggs hatch. Iguanas are walking around the property as well. We went toward the end of the day so we were in and out in 45 minutes and pretty much had the place to ourselves with no cruise ship crowds. There are other things to do for an upcharge that we didn’t do - snorkeling with the turtles, waterslides, and an aviary. We had a lot of fun holding the turtles.

Thank Stephanie P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed getting to see the large amount of turtles of various sizes. Everyone got a chance to touch and hold some of the smaller turtles and take lots of pictures.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a informative and relaxing excursion. Liked seeing all the turtles at various ages and touching the small ones. The snorkeling in the lagoon was fun, as well as a relaxing swim in the pool. Restaurant was super busy so didn’t have time to eat. Seeing iguana just roam around was cool.

1  Thank Dsheridan2015
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We specifically went here for our 19 year old sea turtle lover. She was overjoyed to hold a turtle and see them. She was a bit devastated that a farm means the meat is harvested after they turn 7 years old. However, it keeps people from killing them in the ocean. Worth every penny to see this!

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