Timings : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Opened by Dr Dewa Beratha on 20th January 2006, this centre is one of the largest conservation efforts towards Turtles in Bali. What started off as a joint initiative by the government and WWF to save Balinese turtles by eradicating turtle trading has now become a popular tourist attraction. Established on 24 hectares of land, this place aims at spreading information and education regarding the consumption of Turtle meat and eggs which is still used in some religious rituals in Bali, as well as preserve and save the environment.
The fundamental aspects of this centre include putting a permanent end to turtle trading, encouraging the public to not consume turtle meat and products, monitoring turtle sizes and numbers and offering them for religious rituals without having them killed, providing job opportunities to locals of Serangan, and finally acting as watchdogs over turtle trade in this area. It is truly a mesmerising attraction and is definitely worth a visit.
Visitors mainly come here to have a look at the process of turtle breeding, which involves witnessing a turtle being born. Visitors are also allowed to passively adopt a turtle for IDR 150,000. This, however, does not involve taking the turtle home rather visitors need to release the turtles into the ocean.
What’s more, people can indulge in other activities on this beach such as water sports including swimming, surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Along with that, visitors are welcome to volunteer at TCEC by conducting or participating in educational campaigns for locals of Serangan.