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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

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Address: 786 North West Point Road, West Bay KY1-1303, Grand Cayman (Formerly Boatswain's Beach Adventure Park & Turtle Farm)
Phone Number:
+1 345-949-3894
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08:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 08:30 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Cayman's most-visited and perennially popular land-based attraction, Cayman...

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".

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Interesting, but not enough control over the kids and peopls

This was very interesting and we learned a lot about the turtles. The facilities were clean and employees were nice and family. I just wish they would limit the group sizes and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Diane G
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came here as part of a wider ranging tour, but were VERY impressed with this facility! They are doing a great work here for the sea turtles, and familiarizing people with these creatures that most of us have never encountered. You not only LOOK at them, but you TOUCH them - heck, at one point you are invited to... More 

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Park City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I chose the turtle center and avoided the dolphin place as I understood the turtle center taught conservation and preservation. I don't like to support businesses where I feel the animals are just entertainment, my guideline. But besides some signs and the very run down education center, I felt the Turtle Center to be more of a farm than conservation... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We paid $18 each person to see turtles swim in captivity. It was cool to hop in one of the tanks and hold the turtle, but we really only spent about 30 minutes there and for the money, i don't think it is worth the stop.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Of of Cayman's largest land -based attractions. It's got lots to do: from Nature walks to snorkelling in the lagoon, to water slide , to petting the turtles 🐢. It's nice you can get a bag of turtle food and feed them yourself . Your be able to spot some butterflies 🦋, lizards 🦎 and other creatures. Kids can enjoy... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Big disappointment--too many turtles in the concrete pools, all scrambling over each other for the feed; "education center" consists of a few-minute video and a few posters. Not worth the money and depressing.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the Turtle Farm but there isn't a lot to do. We received discounted tickets ($11 per person), because we were on a tour with a company who brought us there. I liked being able to get in to the turtle "pool" and hold a turtle. They had staff that wouldn't let "regular admission" people in a certain area.... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was one of the stops on an excursion my son and I did with Princess Cruises. I have mixed feelings about these wildlife encounters. It's good for people to be exposed to the beauty of living creatures, to learn of their needs and efforts to protect them. I was not entirely sure that this turtle farm was doing the... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful experience with the family here. First we snorkeled with the turtles. We brought our own snorkel gear. Nice to be up close to the turtles and fish. Loved it , but only did one swim around cause we were running out of time. Saw the birds. Took beautiful pictures of the birds. The keeper had one of... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was very interesting and we learned a lot about the turtles. The facilities were clean and employees were nice and family. I just wish they would limit the group sizes and have better crown control measures. While we were holding the turtles and getting pictures taken folks would walk right up and lean over to look at the turtles... More 

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South Lyon, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were here one afternoon and must have timed it right, because there were very few people in the park. We snorkeled with the turtles, and our 8 & 10 year old girls loved it. The park provides an opportunity to handle turtles that are about 15-20" long. They are very active and the kids had a ball playing with... More 

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