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Groups of sea turtles and an array of exotic animals appear during a visit to Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, a turtle meat farm and conservation park. Established in 1968, the farm aims to protect the depleting population of wild green sea turtles from poaching through a combination of breeding for the meat industry, and the annual release of captive turtles into the wild. Stretching over 9.3 ha (23 ac), the farm is also home to a 2.7 m (9 ft) saltwater crocodile, an exhibit called “Predator’s Reef,” and the largest swimming pool on the island. Despite having attracted controversy in the past, there are also numerous spots where you can hold and touch yearling turtles--a rare opportunity to see the beautiful creatures up close. Plan to see Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter and other attractions that appeal to you using our West Bay holiday planner.
Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter reviews
This place was AMAZING! Well worth a side trip. Learned a lot about the sea life in the Cayman Islands. Even with a few tour buses i had plenty of room to walk around. The staff was very nice and...
This place was AMAZING! Well worth a side trip. Learned a lot about the sea life in the Cayman Islands. Even with a few tour buses i had plenty of room to walk around. The staff was very nice and... more »
Do not go or donate money to this place. They are lying about saving turtles. This is the only place in the world that grows sea turtles to kill them for their meat and sells the meat to local...
Do not go or donate money to this place. They are lying about saving turtles. This is the only place in the world that grows sea turtles to kill them for their meat and sells the meat to local... more »
An amazing place to spend your day with kids or without. Different packages offered and would recommend getting the package that allows you to snorkel with the turtles. Also has a pool and water slide for kids to enjoy. Better to start early and then relax on the beach area and also has restaurant on site to eat at. Be sure to note the timings of the feedings and activities. Also has small butterfly area and aviary, but not much to see. They have information center with a video and lots of information about turtles which is a good break to enjoy.
We explored the Turtle Center as part of the excursion on our cruise. We enjoyed the park very much! But had to give a special shout out to Tony our tour guide. He did a great job explaining the facility and how they help the turtles year round. He was very funny and kind! There were two different places to eat but we ate the bigger place in the park. It was lunch type foods with a bar. We were able look at the VERY large turtles and then enter into small tanks with smaller turtles. There was an area to snorkel and a few other activities but we didn’t do any of those. Would be a fun place to bring kids!
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