Deluang Sari Turtle Conservation Center

Deluang Sari Turtle Conservation Center

Deluang Sari Turtle Conservation Center
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • ebony i
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inhumane behaviour
    Absolutely horrible. The ‘conservation’ showed lack of interest in supporting the sustainability and longevity of turtles or any other animals. Enclosures were cages or animals were restricted with chains. The enclosures were dirty and had no living things to sustain life. E.I branched or trees for the birds or monkey. The fully grown Turtles were kept in a 5x5 cement pond with dirty water. Shallow enough that it would only come to an adults mid calf. I counted at least 12 turtles in the pond. I feel disgusted that I spent money supporting this tourist attraction.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Hayley H
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    CRUELTY NOT CONSERVATION
    Please do not visit here. This is NOT a turtle conservation area. It is a sickening, depressing place where turtles, birds and a snake are kept in the most awful conditions. The snake is kept in a bare, perspex cage. No branches, no greenery, nothing. It is there to entertain tourists who can pay to be photographed with it. To prevent it from biting, it has a 1cm wide rigid plastic band around its mouth. This has restricted blood flow so the mouth is swollen, engorged and ulcerated. I can’t imagine it is ever removed for the snake to eat - I suspect they allow it to die then replace with another snake. It must be experiencing unbearable pain! Such an upsetting, depressing experience. The only thing keeping this awful place going is cash from unsuspecting tourists. Please do not go here. I have given it one star because zero stars is not an option and a review cannot be written.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Lucy_alison
    Wellington, New Zealand43 contributions
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    Please stay away.
    Awful experience 😞 got taken here after a snorkelling tour and would NEVER have gone. Like multiple people, I wish I’d looked at the reviews before we went. Overcrowded, awful conditions. The guide said they release them once they’ve recovered bur I highly doubt it. The tipping point was the poor snake with a plastic band round it, and then the cockatoo with a chain on its “broken” leg. They asked for tips saying they’re volunteers but the whole thing felt like a scam.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Kylie & Jackson
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
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    ANIMAL CRUELTY DISGRACE
    Boat ride to the “island” is the only good thing about the tour. The main area was full of big old turtles slumped with their eyes closed not moving I a slimed filled area they said they were changing the water. The tour guide gave a speel about being a volunteer and not getting any money. The little enclosures with ‘rescued’ turtle and baby turtles ( some dead ) was enough for us. When the guide then showed us the cages with monkeys, big colourful birds in a cage, a cocky chained to a post, it revealed a zoo with hideous conditions. As we made a hasty head back to the boat they tried to sell us souvenirs and the idea of adopting a baby turtle to be released in the ocean…. And upon payment you receive a certificate of authenticity. In short - don’t go here. It is creepy & gross. A Transparent Rort with lies about saving the endangered turtles.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • 44Emma94
    Ryton, United Kingdom54 contributions
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    Nothing was for the turtle's welfare! (It's a long one)
    Awful experience. We were sold by the phrase "turtle island", expecting a beautiful white sand beach with no civilisation and a safe haven for turtles (the place you would see with Attenborough narrating), this could not be further from it. I became suspect of the place when our driver told us there was a cafe. You arrive by your "glass bottomed boat" (small window in the bottom) and lead to the turtle sancturay by your boat driver and meet one of the guides. You start off by getting to feed the large adult green turtles who are kept in a small pond they are covered in what looks like scabs and small scrapes. You will be encouraged to feed them and get your photo taken. You are reminded about how the guides are voluteers and do not make money from this place, I do not belive this is the case. You are then shown all the turtles kept in small tanks and constantly reminded how this is all for the turtle and that you will get you adopt and release one if you wish. It is explained like they will only release these turtles if they get adopted and so not for the good of the turtles, surely if it was for conservation they would be released, if healthy, regardless of adoption. You are allowed to hold one, they pretty much shove it in your hands I refused as I was already traumatised by the experience and wanted to leave as soon as I walked up to the place. They had young babies floating around some of which looked to be dead, and others in the tanks were either stuck in the corner or were swimming into the corners out of distress. They have small reptiles, birds and a young lewak locked up in cages. There were iguana of which the guide said are not native but gave no explanation as to why they then had one in a cage. You will be asked to purchase a picture of you feeding the turtles or holding one, again I refused, I wanted no memories of this place. The guide then apologised to the photographer when we refused to buy, which feels like it supports the claim that money made here is not for the welfare of the turtles but for personal gain. They do have a shop with small figurines, knowing I was not going to be "adopting" any at the end some guilt mean we did purchase a small shell turtle. They will sit you down and show you the book with all the people that have "adopted". He had said to my boyfriend "happy wife, happy life" which was probably his mistake as I'm better at saying "no" to something that sounds like a scam. We did not adopt any in the end as I did not believe anything done here was for the good of the turtle, and the boat ride was not worth the journey or cost.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    DO NOT GO. TOURIST SCAM
    DO. NOT. GO We were scammed by the price (agreed to amount and then charged US dollars and not AU) ..the ride over was short..and very expensive..and had to pay donations and asked to pay for photos and tips which we declined as we did not like how the animals were being "cared for" on this island. Everyone sounded like a made up story to sell to tourists.. all lies.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Anitha V
    13 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a small sad Turtle farm on an island
    We just visited the so called Turtle Island yesterday. What a great disappointment. We paid like 100$ for a short boat ride to the so called turtle island. We were so sure it was an island where turtles were in their natural environment and free. On reaching there we found it is just a small ill kept farm. The turtles were in the tank for you to see and touch. Too many turtles in a small place. The staff will bring out some sea weed to be fed by us. Not sure if this was the only meal the turtles were getting fed by visitors. They all seemed extremely hungry. In small cages of their own, they also had like one Iguana , bats , poorly fed birds, and also a snake . These will be brought out to take pictures if you please. The staff that were showing us around were telling us they were volunteers and don’t get paid . Not sure how much of it is true .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Josgreet1
    Singapore, Singapore131 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Animal abusement centre
    Just don’t go here, going here will keep places like this going. Apart from sea turtles in dirty small bassins they keep some other animals like a bat, snake and monkey. Tourists can touch and tease them, and some of them happily did. Left the place within 5 mins after arriving. Ashamed we even went here. Trip was arranged by blue dolphin, which is also an overpriced scam.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Julia Y
    83 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit disappointing
    This facility tries the rehabilitate injured turtles and birds. I know there are poor reviews. I feel bad for the keepers and the animals. The government cut off their funding. They went from 40 paid employees to 17 volunteers. They are just barely hanging on. We had a personal guide that was well informed which helped a lot.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2024
  • DIKA BALI DRIVER TOUR
    Kuta, Indonesia613 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bali trip with mister abihsek
    Earlier we visited Turtle Island with guests from India. Before leaving, we bought tickets at Tanjung Benoa. After that, we immediately took a small boat to the island. When we got there, the view was very beautiful and we were greeted by friendly guards. We were taken on a tour to see the animals on the island. That's what was interesting for us when we took a photo with the mother turtle 😁 (we were very impressed with the big turtle, he could sit on it and his binoculars were very strong enough to hold our weight, while drinking young coconut water
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 16 March 2024
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Glenn T
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Animal cruelty, I can’t believe a place like this can exist.
Scammers and the whole place is animal cruelty.
Overcrowded, extremely dirty tanks. Turtles in concrete tanks with people touching them. No animal conservation going on at all.
Disgraceful!
The other animals there are in rusty, dirty enclosures and look like they are neglected.
Please do not go there!
Hopefully people read these reviews!
Written 11 June 2024
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438jayne57
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
DO NOTDOTHIS TOUR
Deplorable conditions made me feel sick that I even went
When asked questions just said he worked for the government
Conditions were absolutely appalling Filthy cages cramped conditions and it cost 900000 rupiah for two people for the glass bottom boat ride and entrance for two people
Do not believe the large sign saying eco tourism
Written 27 May 2024
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Robert D
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This place is a money making scam with distressing animal cruelty at the heart of the enterprise.

Unfortunately we fell for this company as we wanted to see turtles in a hatchery, help out and release a turtle to the wild. However what we were greeted with before the boat trip to the 'turtle island' (which in reality was an island they put a turtle farm and tatty zoo on, not a natural turtle habitat in the slightest) were people trying to upsell us tickets to jet skiing, paragliding, water sports etc. which set the tone of the whole experience, a money grabbing exercise.

When we got to the island there were loads of turtles of varying size and type but they were crammed into tiny pools and were clambering on top of each other. We paid IDR300K to release a baby turtle to the wild which we expected to be off the beach into the water like we have seen online. Instead you scoop one into a tiny plastic bowl and on your way back to the mainland the driver stops and tells you to drop in the middle of a shipping lane?! Definitely not the natural turtle habitat we were expecting to see surrounded by oil tankers and large boats, it was very sad to think the turtle was very unlikely to survive.

There is also a zoo there which we didn't realise. It comprises of a few random animals chained up / caged for you to have pictures with. Zookeepers would manhandle the animals to be put on customers for photos including big snake, a toucan, a parrot with two chains round it's ankles, a mongoose in a cage where they could hardly move and a bat that is a nocturnal animal being kept in broad daylight. It felt so uncomfortable going round here and we were gutted we fell for this place from the adverts and website. We felt we contributed to the poor conditions these animals suffered.

We were also photographed without our knowledge and then they pressured us to buy these covert photographs at the end.

I would recommend steering clear of this establishment as it will leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
Written 26 May 2024
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Narelle
Newport, Australia33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
In terms of a turtle sanctuary I can see the merits if what our guide said was true. These are allegedly all rescued turtles who are eventually released back into the wild. Some have injuries from propellers and eating plastic. To concentrate on this effort is more than enough. Unfortunately I don’t believe there is any need to have the other animals in captivity as a further ‘tourist attraction’. You have to factor in that there are many different cultures and beliefs but my own personal opinion is the caging of these other animals whom are not going to be released is very cruel. I couldn’t find out for example how an Australian sulphur crested cockatoo found its way to this place to be chained to log in a dark cage.
Again taking into account different cultures and expectations I’m guessing many would also be disappointed by the ‘glass bottom’ boat which is just an oblong plastic container with the bottom cut out and perspex sealed on the bottom.
As another commented the guide told us he was a volunteer and appreciated any tips. A volunteer in my country would not do that but this is not my country and this is obviously acceptable at the sanctuary. He only mentioned this once at the beginning and in fairness to him he did not mention tipping again. Visitors are encouraged to purchase something from the souvenir type stand of which 50 per cent of the sale is reinvested into the sanctuary.
I would not recommend this place mainly due to the poor conditions I believe the other animals are kept in. You do have to be mindful that what one person finds cruel and unacceptable such as myself is not necessarily the viewpoint of others and our guide seemed quite proud to show us the other exhibits. (As an aside I have seen some pretty horrific animal transportation methods here too that would not be tolerated in my country) A photographer is keen for visitors to purchase the photos he takes but if you take your own this is unnecessary.
Written 22 May 2024
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Ieva P
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Terrible tourist trap scam. Made a mistake not to check reviews before, which we always do and got charged a fortune to go to this horrible place with caged animals in poor conditions. The place is not even an island, some sort of slum. The whole place is a turtle farm, trying to pose as some conservation centre. We took 5 mins there and went out, just seeing turtes was more than enough. The guy showing around tried to scam uz even further by acting that he is a poor volunteer and the boss is not paying him. Avoid the place at all costs!!
Written 15 May 2024
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Eva H
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We had high expectations from this trip but should have done more research in advance. We enjoyed seeing the turtles and feeding them but once we moved on to see the animals we quickly realised it was animal cruelty, with animals in small cages/ chained up, serving the purpose of selling photos with them to tourists. The worst parts were a sad mongoose in a tiny cage and a parrot with chains on its leg. We’d paid before this to release a turtle, expecting to release it on to the beach, to find out we were releasing it into the sea off the boat. We’d been told on Gili Meno that some of their turtles were too small to be released so I don’t feel hopeful she will survive. Please steer clear and do more research like we wish we did.
Written 15 May 2024
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lourdes s
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May 2024 • Solo
Made it a whole 2 min and walked out..DO NOT GO IN. this place should be closed !!! Conditions are the worst. Poor animals.
Written 12 May 2024
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KateJ
Torquay, UK77 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
I do not like to leave a bad review but if had known what we were about to see, we would never have gone. As it was called Turtle Island, we were expecting to visit an island, but unfortunately it was just a dirty stretch of beach with too many speedboats and commercial shipping, not the place you would want to see a 'turtle conservation' area. And then it got worse, several shallow, dirty pools overcrowded with desperate looking turtles climbing over each other for some scraps of seaweed, and they tell us these beautiful creatures are protected...certainly not on this evidence. They then had other animals, a monkey, toucan, possum, iguana, and several cockrels in very small cages. Their main aim was to sell us photo's with these unfortunate animals and to sponsor a turtle. We declined both offers as we really didn't believe any of our money would be used to help these poor animals. To top it all off, we ordered a couple of beers, while waiting for the return boat (served to us with the bottle tops half off), and in less than an hour be both experienced chronic sickness for hours, we were really ill. PLEASE AVOID FOR SO MANY REASONS
Written 25 April 2024
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Coastal62661310729
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Mar 2024 • Family
Mortified, I was booked for a show and was offered a package deal to also go see Turtle island where they told us in was a conservation site. I have been to Turtle conservations before but this is nothing but the opposite.

Teenage Turtles in shallow dirty tanks tanks the size of big sinks that allowed tourists to touch them, then the nightmare only got worse.... They took us towards the back where there were easily 20 plus full sized turtles in shallow cramped dirty conditions. They were obviously starving as they were struggling on top of each other so they can be fed this tiny bit of seaweed.

I asked the guide will these turtles be released he said no, I asked how they got there in the first place (were any of them injured and being nursed back), he replied ' no I caught them and brought them here'. Then I asked how long have some of these turtles been here, he said some have been there for 20 years. My heart broke.

Please do not go here, we have to fight and get this place shut down.
Written 2 April 2024
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GurgaonShaishav
Gurgaon61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
No worth anything. the Turtle are good, but to pay 1 Mil IDR for a speed boat ride to go to the island and click pics around the turtle - is not worth it.
Written 20 March 2024
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