Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

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Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, Bali Overview

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.  

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Things to Do

 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. 

Tips

  • Visitors are often recommended to adopt a turtle at the Turtle Conservation and education centre
  • They are also requested to volunteer at this centre. 
  • No prior bookings are allowed to visit this centre. 
  • Bring gloves in order to clean the nests. 
  • Visitors may have a lot of time to themselves and are recommended to bring their favourite books along. 
  • Scented hand-soaps are recommended
  • Educational material for children will be helpful
  • Visitors are recommended to travel to local areas around this attraction by bus. 
  • It’s best to carry gears for water activities

How To Reach Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

  • Located in Serangan, this attraction is 8 kilometres (15 minutes) south of Sanur.
  • The closest airport to this conservation centre is Ngurah International Airport (DPS) which is around 16 kilometres away and it would take around 38-40 minutes to reach via JI. Pulau Serangan.
  • It is also around 30 minutes from Kuta or Seminyak.
  • Visitors can take a cab, taxi, bus or Ojek from the airport or from the other locations. 

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