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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

825 Northwest Point Road
West Bay
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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  • Hours of Operations

    Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm. Last admission at 4.30pm. Please check the website for special events, holiday hours and shuttle service timetable.

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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.

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
Meet some of the most majestic and ancient animals in the world. Here you will find a few turtles weighing more than 500 pounds that are more than sixty years old. Despite their huge size, they are as gentle as they are graceful, and you are allowed to feed them too!

Turtle Lagoon
You can do more than just watch the turtles! Jump in and swim with yearling green sea turtles and other colourful marine life. Snorkelling gear is supplied, and swimwear and goggles are available for purchase at the Splash Gift Shop.

Education Centre & Hatchery
Offers an interesting glimpse into the lifecycle of a sea turtle with a chance to view baby turtles hatching out of their eggs during the breeding season (May-Sept). The transparent window helps you see what is happening deep in the sand – replicating a natural turtle nest on the beach.

Caribbean Free-Flight Aviary
See and hand-feed the beautiful, colourful birds of Cayman and the Caribbean. You can also see peafowl (peacocks and peahens) on one of the two islands in the middle of the saltwater Turtle Lagoon.

Smiley’s Croc Cove
The 11ft hybrid saltwater crocodile is one of the remaining few of this species, of which the Cayman Islands are named after. You can watch Smiley being fed during the scheduled feeding times.

Breakers Lagoon & The Turtle Twister Water Slide
Cool off and relax at Breaker’s Lagoon. It boasts two exciting and fun waterfalls plus its own underwater viewing panel for an opportunity to look into the fascinating Predator Reef! Or why not make a great big splash with the twisting, turning, 40ft Turtle Twister waterslide!

Predator Reef
Clear viewing panels allow you to come nose-to-nose with nurse sharks, tarpon, and barracuda! Don’t miss the captivating Shark Talk to learn amazing facts about the predators that live on the reef and in the surrounding waters.

Blue Hole Nature Trail
Reconnect with nature as you walk the 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 which is Cayman’s national tree.

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

Relax on the patio at Goldfield Galley 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 or Cayman’s own local beer – Caybrew.

Participate in a Turtle Release
Enjoy a unique experience at one of their private or group sea turtle releases. Their juvenile green sea turtles have been raised at their centre for the first year or two of their life and they are big and strong now. They are ready for release into the wild and independent research and studies prove that they have a great chance of survival. Book an intimate private release experience for your group or attend one of their special events.

Sponsor a Sea Turtle
The Cayman Turtle Centre invites you to sponsor your very own green sea turtle! Your sponsorship support will help the organisation release the turtles into their new life in the wild and you could be a part of that at one of their upcoming release events.

Become a Keeper for a Day
If you are looking for once in a lifetime hands-on experience while supporting conservation initiatives at the same time, look no further than the centre’s “Keeper for a Day” experience. This is an exclusive opportunity in Cayman where you will feed, interact with, and learn more about all of the animals at Cayman Turtle Centre. They can’t wait for you to join their team!


  • Full Access Adults: US$45
  • Full Access Kids: US$25
  • Enjoy full access to the entire park, including snorkelling with turtles, the lagoons and water slide

Land Tour

  • Turtle Safari Adults: US$29
  • Turtle Safari Kids: US$20
  • This land-based tour gives access to view the turtles and more

Feeding Times

  • Bird Feeding: 10am-3pm
  • Shark Talk: 10.30am, Monday-Friday
  • Shark Feeding: 11am, Monday-Friday
  • Turtle Feeding: 11.30am and 3.30pm
  • Crocodile Feeding: Seasonal


Special Offer
10% Discount on Full Park Admission at Cayman Turtle Centre


  • Cayman’s largest land-based attraction, focusing on sea turtle conservation and education
  • Snorkel with turtles and reef fish in the Saltwater Lagoon
  • Ride the Turtle Twister waterslide into Cayman’s largest freshwater pool
  • Free-flight aviary, butterfly garden and nature trail
  • Participate in a sea turtle release
  • Free shuttle to and from 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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