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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter
Ranked #7 of 27 things to do in West Bay
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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".
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was lovely to see and hold the turtles but we did feel sorry for them as the tanks were quite small compared to the amount and size of some of the turtles in them. PLEASE DON'T get ripped off like we did by the chap selling photos of you holding a turtle, you can do it for free! A very expensive sd card with 4 photos on it!!!

Thank Sylvia D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had passed this location while on our way back from enjoying our snuba diving excursion which was a ton of fun seeing the animal life in the actual wild. The building looked nice though at least from the outside.

Thank Garrett G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was such an awesome experience! We snorkeled with turtles, held them, and watched nurse sharks being fed! It was well worth the taxi ride out there. Would recommend everyone visit at least once!

Thank Lainie8788
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our 8 year old son is turtle crazy so we had to visit this Turtle Centre and he was in his element for the whole day.

We fed the huge turtles and held the smaller turtles and came away feeling totally turtled out!

I booked online the day before we visited and just showed my booking confirmation on my phone when we arrived. We were given bands and a map and allowed straight in.

We bought some food for the turtles from the kiosk and stood and fed the huge turtles by the entrance then went to look at the little ones in the tanks.

We paid about $40 for a disc of photos of the children holding some of the turtles but you can hold them and take your own photos if you like. I bought the disc because the photos were lovely that they took.

We swam in the lagoon with the turtles which was an amazing experience although using the borrowed snorkel gear was a bit disconcerting as I'm not entirely sure how well they are cleaned in between uses!

There is a small water park which was a great way to break up the day and the children enjoyed going down the slide and jumping in by the waterfall.

We ate at the restaurant and the food was ok and not unreasonable in price.

I think the only small let down was the predator reef as I can't remember seeing very much in the tank.

Overall this was an amazing day which was very much enjoyed by all of us.

Thank KylaCampbell
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved seeing the turtles (we are divers) but this is like standing outside a pasture looking at cows/pigs in a pen.

They raise 1000's of turtles a year to be sold to slaughter houses - that is what you are looking at. By their own admission, they release only a token, "10 to 20 turtles a year" into the wild. Hey, full disclosure - I LOVE Bookbinders snapper soup. THIS turtle Center is NOT a conservation effort in ANY way.

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