Monday-Sunday 8am-5pm. Last admission at 4.30pm. Please check website for special events, holiday hours and shuttle service timetable.
Feeding Times: Bird Feeding: 10.30am and 3pm, Shark Talk: 10am, Monday-Friday, Shark Feeding: 11am, Monday-Friday, Turtle Feeding: 11.30am and 3.30pm, Crocodile Feeding: Seasonal.
Cayman's largest land-based attraction, Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter hosts more than 500,000 visitors each year. Educational, cultural and entertainment programmes are consistently being created and updated to enhance the experience that can only be found at this world renowned attraction. So much to do!
The Green’s Breeding Pond
Meet some of the most majestic and ancient animals in the world. Green Sea Turtles were actually around to see the dinosaurs come – and go! 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 Touch Tanks & Wading Pools
Here you can reach in to touch or pick up yearling turtles while they are swimming and playing. Professional photographers are there to help you catch that photo of a lifetime!
From May to October, you can take a peek at the baby turtles hatching out of their eggs! The transparent window helps you see what is happening deep in the sand – replicating a natural turtle nest on the beach. To keep up to date on scheduled hatchling and turtle releases please email: email@example.com.
Caribbean Free-Flight Aviary
See and hand-feed the beautiful, colourful birds of Cayman and the Caribbean. Some birds are busy making nests or foraging for food. You can also see peafowl on one of two islands in the middle of the Saltwater Lagoon.
Smiley the Saltwater Crocodile
In 2006 an 11ft Crocodile swam from Cuba to Cayman in and now he resides at the Cayman Turtle Centre. You can watch Smiley being fed during the scheduled feeding times.
Butterfly Central The Butterfly Garden, right next to the Free-Flight Aviary, is a great place to see a wide range of butterflies. A total of 18 different butterfly species have been found there. The plants have been specially grown to attract a wide range of butterflies.
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.
Breaker’s 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!
Clear viewing panels allow you to come nose-to-nose with nurse sharks, tarpon and barracuda! Don’t miss the captivating Shark Talk by the resident Aquarist to learn amazing facts about the predators that live on the reef and in the surrounding waters.
NATURE AND CULTURE EXPLORATIONS
The 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.
A gravel path takes you 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!
Offers an interesting glimpse into the life-cycle of a sea turtle with a chance to view live hatchlings during the breeding season (May-Oct). The theatre shows a video on how turtles and Caymanians have lived alongside each other for generations. Learn more about the innovative research and developments in Sea Turtle Conservation that the Centre is involved in, and the ways that you can help protect these beautiful endangered creatures.
Splash Gift Shop
Beautiful handcrafted local treasures and turtle-themed souvenirs, resort wear, books and gifts in one of Cayman’s most unique shopping destinations.
Resident specials available.