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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

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825 Northwest Point Road
West Bay
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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  • Hours of Operations
    • Open 7 days a week, 8am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm
    • Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
    • Turtle Lagoon closes at 2.30pm daily

     

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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter is a first-of-its-kind attraction and conservation organization that boosts endangered green sea turtle populations. Along with learning about these majestic creatures, guests can swim and snorkel with turtles, zip down a 40-foot-tall waterslide, explore a nature trail, free-flight bird aviary or Butterfly Garden, and more.

TURTLE ENCOUNTERS
This eye-opening adventure lets you meet some of the most graceful and gentle animals in the world! In our turtle encounters, yearling turtles swim and play in the pools. Under the supervision of our caretakers, visitors can snorkel alongside them for an up-close encounter.

The Green’s Breeding Bay
The Bay is home to our sea turtles that have reached reproduction age, about 16 years old. A few green sea turtles at the Centre are 60 years old and weigh more than 500 pounds! In the beach area, female turtles nest in a natural setting. During breeding season, from April to September, you may even be lucky enough to spot a nest where a turtle laid her eggs the night before.

Turtle Hatchery
From breeding season from April to September, witness new hatchlings making their way up through the sand of their nests through a transparent window, replicating a beach nest.

WILD CARIBBEAN
Caribbean Free-Flight Aviary

Not all of our animal friends live in the water at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Meet and feed local and exotic Caribbean birds, including the Cayman parrot, our national bird, and the colourful scarlet ibis. Some birds are busy making nests or foraging for food, but close encounters with the more curious of the bunch may happen! There are also peafowl on their very own islands in the Saltwater Lagoon.

Smiley the Saltwater Crocodile
The 11-foot-long, rescued hybrid saltwater crocodile is one of the last of her species. Her ancestors were originally called “caimanas,” from which the Cayman Islands derived its name. To see what a crocodile eats, ask at the box office about feeding times.

Butterfly Garden
The Butterfly House is a great place to see 18 different species of butterflies, from large and colourful to small and plain. Among plants specially selected to delight butterflies, tiny butterfly eggs and caterpillars often can be found on the underside of leaves

AQUATIC ADVENTURES
Turtle Lagoon & Snorkeling

You can do more than just watch the turtles! Swim alongside juvenile turtles as they learn to find their own food, a skill that will be essential when they’re released into the wild. Snorkeling gear is supplied, and swimwear and goggles are available for purchase at the Splash Gift Shop.

Breaker’s Lagoon & The Turtle Twister Water Slide
Slip and slide into fun on the 40-foot-long Turtle Twister Water Slide! Cool off and relax at the largest swimming pool on the island and its two waterfalls.

Predator Reef
Peer through the underwater viewing panel to come nose-to-nose with amazing predators, including nurse sharks, barracuda and tarpon. Catch a captivating Shark Talk by the resident Aquarist to learn about the predators that live in our waters.

NATURE & CULTURE EXPLORATIONS
The Blue Hole Nature Trail

Reconnect with nature as you walk a winding path through a canopy of indigenous trees and plants, including Cayman’s national flower, the Wild Banana Orchid, as well as the elusive Ghost Orchid and the Silver Thatch Palm, Cayman’s national tree.

Cayman Street
A gravel path winds past the façade of Cayman Cottages, showcasing old time Caymanian architecture complete with gardens traditionally adorned with beach sand, conch shells and surrounded by native trees, plants and, of course, the resident chickens!

Conservation & Education Centre
Discover the life cycle of a sea turtle, with a chance to view live hatchlings during breeding season (April to September). The theatre’s film shows how turtles and Caymanians have lived alongside each other for generations. Learn more about the innovative research and development of the Centre’s conservation work, and how you can help protect these endangered creatures.

Shopping
Check out the beautiful handcrafted local treasures and turtle-themed souvenirs, resort wear, books and gifts in one of Cayman’s most unique shopping destinations.

Dining
Relax on the patio at Schooner’s Bar & Grill overlooking the sparkling water of the Turtle Lagoon. The chefs prepare a variety of delicious treats, which you can enjoy with tropical fruit drinks and smoothies.

Admission
Full Park Adults: KYD$36
Full Park Ages 3-12: KYD$20
Turtle Safari Adults: KYD$23.20
Turtle Safari Kids: KYD$16
Children 2 and under: Free

Feeding Times

  • Bird Feeding: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-12pm and 1pm-2pm
  • Shark Talk: 10.30am, Monday-Friday
  • Shark Feeding: 11am, Monday-Friday
  • Turtle Feeding: Daily at 8.30am, 11.30am and 3.30pm
  • Crocodile Feeding: 11.45am on specified weekdays only

Highlights

  • First-of-its-kind sea turtle conservation organization
  • Ride the Turtle Twister waterslide into Cayman’s largest freshwater pool
  • Poolside cocktail bar, restaurant and café
  • Snorkel with turtles and reef fish in the Turtle Lagoon
  • Free-Flight Aviary, Butterfly Garden and Blue Hole Nature Trail
  • Free shuttle service to SMB hotels
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  • Must visit

    January 26, 2020 | Full Turtle Centre Park Admission

    This was a really good experience! The snorkeling, the water slides, the tours!!! All GREAT

    Posted by (Jhenelle Bolt) from Kingston, Jamaica
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