Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Water Parks
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 Centre 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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2-3 hours
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TravelCrazy2010_10
Singapore44 contributions
Great place to see turtles and learn
Feb 2020
We drove in and bought tickets to the viewing (not the swimming with) . It is very interesting place and watching turtles, small and big ones is quite fun even for teens. It is worth spending little extra time and reading provided informations, especially about caymans

Though except for the main pool I felt sorry for the other rare turtles as they live in extremely small pools, where they swim in circles.

If you are in a hurry and want to be close to the turtles - we heard the turtle encounter here is worth it but we did not try.
if you have time and are strong swimmer (currents) than you can drive to turtle beach to see free turtles feed or swim by. The fauna there was very much damaged during hurricane Ike but you r almost guaranteed to see turtles , stingrays and some smaller fish. It did feel like in a tumble drier :-) but we were graced by couple turtles including young turtle who amused us for a very long time feeding and boping up and down. Worth it, but remember to give them space and never try to touch wild sea-life.
Written 11 January 2021
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KEMSTL
Saint Louis, MO32 contributions
Spend the day
Nov 2019
This place was way cooler than I expected it to be. We booked an excursion via Royal Caribbean on a cruise. The trip was easy and on arrival, we spent a short time getting a lesson on sea turtles and conservation before being allowed to touch and even climb into tanks with the baby turtles. I thought that was the end of the trip, but the center has a lagoon where you can sunbathe, swim, and even rent snorkel equipment to snorkel with more turtles and fish. They have a restaurant and bar onsite but we didn't eat there. They also had a small water park with water slides and a regular pool

I would go back in a heartbeat and plan to spend a whole day here if I could.
Written 17 June 2020
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Dear KEMSTL, Thank you so much for writing a review, and for telling others about Cayman Turtle Centre! It so warms our heart when the Centre serves as its meant to, which is exposing more and more people to wildlife so that they can have a better appreciation, to ultimately help protect them. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Please come back and visit us again one day! Best Wishes Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 23 June 2020
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Ana Sylvera
Murfreesboro, TN314 contributions
1 year old enjoyed it
Dec 2019
I visited as part of a excursion with a cruise ship. It was just my 1 year old son, my boyfriend, and myself. We enjoyed this location a lot. You are able to get in pools with turtles and touch them. We were also able to use snorkel gear. The water was a bit colder than I like but it was a fun experience. My son absolutely loved seeing the chickens run around and he could have just sat watching them all day. The restaurant had pretty decent food and the wait was not too long. The souvenir shop had a good selection of items.
Written 8 May 2020
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Thank you so much for sharing your experience at Cayman Turtle Centre. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope that you will come back and visit us again one day! Best Wishes, Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 23 June 2020
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Charlotte M
6 contributions
We could have spent all day here
Mar 2020
Our family enjoyed this stop on a shore excursion and we could have stayed much longer! We were able to touch baby sea turtles, including entering the water with them, and the kids loved the swimming area. As we were leaving, we noticed another beach/swimming area where we could have interacted with more turtles and wildlife. This was a highlight of our visit to the Caymans.
Written 29 March 2020
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Dear Charlotte M, Thank you so much for writing a review, and for telling others about Cayman Turtle Centre! It’s so warms our heart when the Centre serves as its meant to, which is expose more and more people to wildlife so that they can have a better appreciation in order to be in a better position to protect them. We are so glad, too, to hear that your children loved the Breakers Lagoon swimming pool. Best Wishes Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 30 March 2020
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dsazimm
Loveland, OH300 contributions
Fun morning
Mar 2020
It was not busy this Sunday but we had a good time learning about the turtles and even swimming/snorkeling with them in the lagoon. We took advantage of the full access and enjoyed the waterslide and pool. I also liked the birds and butterflies. Not a fancy place but just right for a couple of hours in the morning before it got too hot. Great for kids.
Written 24 March 2020
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Dear dsamimm, We are so glad that you had loads of fun swimming with the turtles! And the pool and the water slide too! On your next visit you could see our Blue Hole Nature Trail. Please come back soon! Best Wishes, Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 30 March 2020
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VadimF
Richmond Hill, Canada168 contributions
Wonderful place for kids to visit
Mar 2020
This is one of the main attractions in the Grand Cayman. Excellent place to visit with kids. Lots of interactive activities along with some swimming with exotic fish and turtles. Highly recommended.
Written 22 March 2020
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Dear VadimF, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We agree with you – that there is really something for all ages at Cayman Turtle Centre! Best Wishes, Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 23 March 2020
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BeckyRN1979
Little Rock, AR92 contributions
Great educational fun for all
Mar 2020 • Couples
Wonderful place to spend some time interacting with turtles and having fun!
They also have additional water park like area for those with children or if you want to make the whole day of it.
Written 16 March 2020
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Dear BeckyRN1979, We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit, and found it so much fun and so educational. Please come back soon! Best Wishes, Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 20 March 2020
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happywhenonholidays
Langley City, Canada289 contributions
Interesting. Free Shuttle from our hotel to the Turtle Centre
Mar 2020
It was interesting to see the turtles and then we listened to a talk that a young woman gave about the sharks, she was very informative and interesting. My daughter snorkeled with the fish and turtles. We were staying at the Margaritaville hotel and they have a free shuttle here (they also stopped at the Marriot to pick up people).
Written 15 March 2020
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Dear happywhenonholidays, Thanks for taking that time to share your lovely day with others! We are so glad to hear that your daughter swam with the turtles, and that you found it so interesting. In the summer we have baby hatchlings that people can look at in the hatchery, maybe you and your daughter will enjoy that on your next visit. Best Wishes Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 20 March 2020
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO292 contributions
Interesting but not great
Feb 2020
We talked to several locals and this place is surprisingly controversial to the locals. The center was set up to aid in keeping the turtle population going and education but several locals also said that this is the breeding place for harvesting turtle meat that is sold around the world. I don't know the truth but certainly up to you to decide your own thoughts. I think the goal is to show the conservation side and they are working on that We have swam with turtles in the wild in several areas of the world so it's weird to see them in captivity. You can see several different kinds here and touch some. Like any "zoo" it's interesting to see different animals up close. The day we were there in February was surprisingly empty. There wasn't anybody around to do any education or explanations to the guests, just the guards in the areas where you can touch the turtles to make sure you don't break the rules. A very odd experience overall for us and I think we spent less than an hour here overall.
Written 15 March 2020
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Dear WanderingOttersons, Thank you so much for writing a review and giving us your feedback. It sounds like you had a nice time. We are sorry to hear you felt disappointed about some aspects. Our guides are always pleased to be able to talk to our guests, sorry you missed them. Part of our conservation effort is through captive breeding and head-starting of turtles. Another facet is through providing meat to satisfy the local demand for turtle meat (a long-standing culinary tradition in the Cayman Islands, and held in high regard) which has been shown to reduce the illegal poaching of wild turtles, so that, in practice, both the head-starting of turtles (their regular release into the wild) as well as the production of an alternative to wild turtle meat, have both been shown to cause the wild population to increase. In addition to conserving turtles by supplying this demand, the Cayman Turtle Centre is proud to have released more than 32,000 turtles to the sea. This has been proven to be effective through an independent study, headed by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment in conjunction with University of Barcelona. This study shows that 90% of Green sea turtles nesting on Cayman’s beaches are actually genetically related to those from the Centre’s breeding stock. Because of our strategy of conservation through the provision of a sustainable source of turtle meat which undermines poaching, coupled with our ongoing release programmes, the numbers of turtle nests found throughout Cayman’s beaches have risen from just two or three, twenty years ago, to more than 600 nests today. We are actually justifiably proud of our conservation record, and we believe these facts attest to our continuing steadfast dedication to turtle conservation. If you like, you can check the independent study scientific paper available via this web link http://www.darwininitiative.org.uk/documents/DPLUS019/23876/DPLUS019%20FR%20-%20edited.pdf Happy Travels, Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 20 March 2020
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Caymnlubber
5 contributions
Worth the trip but not a whole day
Mar 2020 • Family
Crazy amount of turtles! Still not sure how I feel about the giant tank with probably 100 giant turtles being held captive and fed like dogs. Food average at the grill. Pricey for the whole package if you don’t hve young g kids that will want to use the water slide and just swim. Snorkeling with the turtles was very cool but the water had a lot of algae that grossed me out a little. My 19 &22 yr olds really enjoyed it
Written 15 March 2020
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Dear Caymnlubber, We are so glad that you had loads of fun swimming with the turtles! We hope you managed to see and experience some of the other activities, such as the fascinating birds of the Caribbean Free Flight Aviary, and learning about local flora in the Blue Hole Nature Trail. At the Centre, we have wonderful water quality, similar to that of the water in the tropical ocean. We use three types of filtration: mechanical - through large high pressure sand filters and large foam fractionators which removes all non-soluble matters; biological - biomedia to break down ammonia and other harmful waste products; chemical - ozone generators to safely disinfect the water. Hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes Cayman Turtle Centre
Written 20 March 2020
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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter is open:
  • Sun - Sun 08:30 - 17:00
  • Mon - Sat 08:00 - 17:00