Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, West Bay

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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.
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  • Hubby and I LOVED this! Educational, AND we snorkelled with SO SO many large and small sea turtles! Bought our tickets at the center...for much less money! Totally enjoyed! 
    Hubby and I LOVED this! Educational, AND we snorkelled with SO SO many large and small sea turtles! Bought our tickets at the center...for much less money! Totally enjoyed!  more »
  • Went to Turtle Centre as a part of package deal with Dolphin Discovery. Just walked through park did not do the waterpark. LOVE the great work done here and the positive effect on the turtle... 
    Went to Turtle Centre as a part of package deal with Dolphin Discovery. Just walked through park did not do the waterpark. LOVE the great work done here and the positive effect on the turtle...  more »
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  • Very nice place. The turtles are huge! Lots of fun things to do, for adults and kids: you can feed turtles ($5/bag; a bag is huge, so one is enough), pet small turtles, snorkel with them (there could be like 15 turtles around you), watch crocodile feeding, turtle feeding and shark feeding. And you can relax on chairs on the small "beach", or go to a restaurant. We had a very nice day spent. The highlight was snorkeling and feeding/petting. This is probably #2 thing to do around the island after Stingray City. You can get there by bus, $2.5 per person. When going back, walk north to the next big intersection (7 min walk), you will catch a bus there much faster.
  • It was good. We spent about 5hrs here. PROS: TONS of turtles, duh...ranging from all sizes...you had different tanks and opportunities to interact, learn about, ans swim. CONS: Algae was too much to swim in...yes algae us a good sign of good habitat, but not when you can't see through it and brown. Otherwise we ate lunch, which was surprisingly good. Predator tank has two sharks (nurse, I think) couple large tarpon, and a barracuda. Bird sanctuary was ok. All small areas required a mask...which I thought was idiotic...since we were all required a negative test to be in the country. My kids were 17,15, 12. Get only one bag of treats for feeding large turtles..plenty. Gift shop was affordable for cayman rates.

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