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Things to know about Turtle Watching in Rekawa Beach - A Basic Guide to this Marine Creature

Turtle watching is a fun activity to partake in regardless of your age. When on a vacation in Sri Lanka don't forget to go turtle watching in the Southern parts of the country.


About turtle watching in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a country that is well known for its marine life and rich coastal attractions. Turtle watching is one of the major activities people partake in when on a vacation here. If you have some time in your list of things to do while in Sri Lanka do visit the Southern part of the country and take a time to look at these mighty marine creatures.


Who should go turtle watching?

This activity is suitable for people of all ages. Heading out to the seas to look at the kind of turtles that turn up on these beaches will definitely be an enriching experience regardless of what age you are. Apart from being an exciting adventure, this will also be an informative thing to do on a holiday.



When you plan a trip to the south, staying at one of the many Sri Lanka luxury resorts found there would be a good idea. Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is a stay you could take a look at since it is close to the Rekawa beach too.


The kinds of turtle you will spot

There are 5 kinds of turtle species that come to lay the eggs in this part of the world. When on a turtle watch you will be led to the nesting sites to look at these beautiful marine creatures visit and lay their eggs. These tour groups can be huge especially if it's on a weekend so if you're planning to do this opting to go on a weekday would be better. Some nights, the groups can be so huge and noisy that they disturb the turtles that come to nest there.


When to go turtle watching

Turtles come to nest in this part of the southern coast throughout the year but the main season to go during is from April to July. The most unique turtles to spot in this part of the are the giant leatherbacks. During a tour please note that torches and taking photographs using a flash is strictly forbidden.


How to get there

If you are put up at one of the coastal luxury resorts or budget inn in the South, all you have to do is step out to the main road and you can hail a tuk tuk and head to the site.


Pick up after yourself

Going turtle watching is a fun activity to be a part of when you are on a vacation in Sri Lanka but do keep in mind that conserving the marine life is more important than having just fun during a vacation. Therefore, make sure you don't litter or disturb the life of any marine creature you take a look at. Carry bags along with you to take back any plastic containers or snack packets you might use while on the tour.