Cayman Turtle Center Wildlife Encounter
Grand Cayman (George Town), Cayman Islands
- Cayman Turtle Center: Explore this trailblazing conservation center and meet turtles of all ages–from tiny hatchlings to decades-old, 500-pound seniors.
- World of exhibits: Meet Smiley, the 10-foot saltwater crocodile, feed the birds, and go nose-to-nose with sharks, tarpon, and even a giant loggerhead!
- Snorkeling in Turtle Lagoon: Go on an underwater adventure with curious baby turtles and shimmering tropical fish.
- Free Flight Aviary: Handfeed local, exotic birds for picture-worthy shots!
- Bring the little ones: Children 4 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
About this Grand Cayman (George Town) tour
Sea turtles are to the Cayman Islands what penguins are to Antarctica. They're the reason Christopher Columbus called this place "Las Tortugas" when he arrived in 1503. They're on the Cayman flag, coat of arms, and money. They're also the stars of Cayman’s star attraction – and this GoBe tour is your all-access, behind-the-scenes pass.
Founded in 1968 and still the world's only sea turtle farm, Cayman Turtle Farm's focus has expanded well beyond its original mission: to provide a sustainable supply of turtle meat for human consumption, thereby reducing pressure on the wild turtle population from eager poachers. Today it's one of the world's leading marine parks, with a robust research and education center dedicated to the conservation of not just green sea turtles, but other fragile and endangered species. You'll be making acquaintance with quite a few of them.
Of course, there is some controversy re: the raising and selling of turtle meat. But Cayman Turtle Farm believes strongly in the positive role it plays: reducing the financial incentive for poaching, and educating the public (especially the young public) to become strong stewards of sea life.
The Farm's 362-member turtles are doing their job, too. Over 31,000 have been released to the ocean, where they help replenish the wild population. And females released here over two decades ago are coming back to nest on Cayman's beaches.
No matter how much you think you already love and respect nature, this adventure will certainly kick that up a notch. So bring the kids and have a blast.
The ghosts that came back to life
Some of the flora at Cayman Turtle Farm is just as endangered as the fauna. Two rare Ghost Orchids, rescued from an island forest in 2006 and dormant for two years, now bloom annually on the park's Nature Trail. Basically invisible, they don't have anything you'd call a leaf or stem, just some spindly roots embedded in tree bark. So their flowers seem to come from nothing, suspended ghost-like in midair.
Pier/Hotel: Cayman Turtle Farm provides a free shuttle service from certain hotels on Seven Mile Beach such as Comfort Suites, Marriott, Grand Beach Suites, Ritz Carlton, Sunshine Suites, Westin, and Holiday Inn.
Locker padlocks are available for rent and freshwater showers available on site. A unique selection of reasonably priced locally-sourced gifts and other souvenirs is available in Splash Gift Shop. Kids under the age of 3 should be accompanied by an adult while snorkeling in the fresh and saltwater Lagoons. Snorkeling will take place in the 1.3 million gallon saltwater Turtle Lagoon with Lifeguards on duty at all times. Tours sold to guests staying in local hotels will not include transportation, however, Cayman Turtle Farm does provide a free shuttle service from the following hotels on Seven Mile Beach; Comfort Suites, Marriott, Grand Beach Suites, Ritz Carlton, Sunshine Suites, Westin, Holiday Inn. Please check with your hotel concierge to see if the CTF shuttle service is available from your respective hotels.
Tour is mild with all flat walking surfaces and the Cayman Turtle Farm is ADA compliant. Accessible to guests with canes, walkers, strollers, and wheelchairs.
Adventure, Cultural, Family Friendly
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 2 years of age and older.
You must weigh between 40 and 250 pounds to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Pregnant women in their second trimester should not participate in the snorkel and swimming activities of this tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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