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Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary

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Just a small sanctuary ran by an old man and his son - trying to do their best to save some baby... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dorothy J
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Well worth the small effort to get there - and you can contribute too!

This is a really unique little sanctuary and it's well worth the effort to get there. The owner is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Almeria, Spain
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A local fisherman, Orton (Brother) King, constructed this sanctuary in an effort to preserve the hawksbill turtle.
Union Vale, Park Bay, Bequia
+1 784-458-3245
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a really unique little sanctuary and it's well worth the effort to get there. The owner is a great guy who will tell you all about the turtles and what he is doing to help with their conservation. You just won't get this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you share a love of nature and wild life conservation this is a must do visit. We were lucky enough to meet the founder Orton King who spent some time telling how he rescues the eggs of this Hawksbill Turtle and nurtures them before...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've had to think long and hard about this posting . I was really looking forward to seeing the sanctuary and the work they are doing. I was horrified sounds a tad harsh but that's how I felt at what we saw. The young man...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank AngelaSmith S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a small sanctuary ran by an old man and his son - trying to do their best to save some baby turtles - rear them and then release them when old enough to have a good chance of survival - its not rocket science...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dorothy J
Reviewed 11 February 2019

As a tourist attraction it's not worth the visit. There are three small, sad, unadorned tanks with turtles of various sizes. We were there ten minutes and the other visitors spent even less time. What is concerning is the independent (at best) management. The owner...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank domains2018
Reviewed 9 February 2019

The owner was sick so one of his helpers showed us around. He was hard to hear and understand. Quite a few turtles of different sizes kept in a barnlike structure. The visit was part of a larger tour that we booked with the cruise...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank JohnvanHoudt
Reviewed 1 February 2019

Had some older turtles and some 4 years old none 1 2 or 3 years old and some hatchlings. This did not equate with the 'story' of rescuing some each year and keeping them until old enough to release back into the wild, so not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank John_at_The_Hollies
Reviewed 18 January 2019

Visited this facility unannounced and all seemed inconceivable. To us the project didn't add up. One small tank containing probably 50 or more tiny turtles, another larger with a few mature specimens, a third, larger drained tank with 15 or twenty medium sized turtles. Where...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Richard J
Reviewed 17 January 2019 via mobile

I fear that things have gone down hill since previous reviews of this turtle sanctuary. This morning large turtles were without swimming water caused by a malfunctioning pump. The young man looking after them was very upset and concerned that the pump had not been...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Everroving
Reviewed 16 January 2019

There are no experts on the sea turtle at this facility. Good intentions are not enough to save an endangered species.

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank caroline s
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Jenna W
6 January 2019|
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Response from John W | Reviewed this property |
The ferry from St V to Bequia takes one hour but they run very frequently. The ferry docks in Port Elizabeth (the capital and only town) and the taxi ride will take 15 minutes. We spent 30 minutes at the sanctuary which is... More
12 January 2016|
Response from AnneDu44 |
No appointments. It's open Monday to Friday from 10.30 to 5pm 6 dollars per person but even small donations are greatly appreciated.
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