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review 31 Mar 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Being able to release the turtle hatchlings, almost every night and watching them race towards the ocean. Also, releasing an adult turtle and being woken up at 6.00am to see two turtles that had just finished laying eggs, was something I never thought I would get to see.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be prepared to feed the turtles, clean the tanks (do not wear nice clothes) and the turtles, to teach English, give tours and adapt to the Sri Lankan culture. It would help having basic knowledge on sea turtle species and being able to create fun lessons to teach the kids. Actually working at the hatchery is a very relaxed and pleasant environment as you are working on the beach and you get to watch the sea. When going to the temples, make sure to wear clothing to cover your shoulders and knees, however at the hatchery, vests and shorts are fine. Make sure you bring plenty of insect repellant and possibly a small travel pillow for extra comfort in your bed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It did, as we are conserving the many sea turtle species, we allow eggs to develop and hatch safely and the turtles are well looked after, so when they are released, they are fit and heathly to begin their life in the wild. We would visit bars/restaurants/shops, so we were providing some income to local places. We helped some local children when we taught English.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was an amazing experience, I would highly recommend it. Everyone is so friendly, the food is great and you gain so much knowledge on turtle biology, ecology and their conservation. Being able to experience Sri Lanka was great as well, they have such a rich culture, it is wonderful to immerse yourself with their country.

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