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Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter

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786 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 website for special events, holiday hours and shuttle service timetable.
     

  • Additional Information

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

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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!

TURTLE ENCOUNTERS
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!

Turtle Hatchery
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: info@turtle.ky.

WILD CARIBBEAN
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
 The 10ft Cayman 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.

Butterfly Central
The Butterfly House, right next to the Free-Flight Aviary, is a great place to see a wide range of butterflies. The plants have been specially grown to attract a wide range of butterflies.

AQUATIC ADVENTURES
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.

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!

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 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.

Cayman Street
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!

Education Centre
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.

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

Eating
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 Kids: KYD$20
Turtle Centre Adults: KYD$14.40
Turtle Centre Tour Kids: KYD$7.20

Resident specials available.
 

Special Offer
20% discount on Full Park Admission at Cayman Turtle Centre

Highlights

  • Cayman's largest land-based attraction
  • 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
  • Poolside cocktail bar, restaurant and café
  • Free shuttle service to SMB hotels
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