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  • Louise B
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    Do not visit
    Sad to see the turtles stuck in pens. We were told these were rescued and would be released back into the wild but this seems unlikely as they there would be no tourist attraction. To top it off the staff literally requested a 300000 idr tip!! Can you believe it, the guy specifically asked to be given it in private
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2023
  • Kathryn W
    7 contributions
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    Deplorable living conditions for the animals. Would never do this knowing what I know now. Rip off and animal cruelty.
    Shocking. Deplorable conditions. The “volunteer” pretended she couldn’t understand my questions about how they rescue the turtles and when do they get released back into the wild. Snake with rope around its mouth. Birds in chains. Makes me sick we even went. $300 for a family of 5. Do not do this tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 May 2023
  • ebony i
    2 contributions
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    Inhumane behaviour
    Absolutely horrible. The ‘conservation’ showed lack of interest in supporting the sustainability and longevity of turtles or any other animals. Enclosures were cages or animals were restricted with chains. The enclosures were dirty and had no living things to sustain life. E.I branched or trees for the birds or monkey. The fully grown Turtles were kept in a 5x5 cement pond with dirty water. Shallow enough that it would only come to an adults mid calf. I counted at least 12 turtles in the pond. I feel disgusted that I spent money supporting this tourist attraction.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Hayley H
    3 contributions
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    CRUELTY NOT CONSERVATION
    Please do not visit here. This is NOT a turtle conservation area. It is a sickening, depressing place where turtles, birds and a snake are kept in the most awful conditions. The snake is kept in a bare, perspex cage. No branches, no greenery, nothing. It is there to entertain tourists who can pay to be photographed with it. To prevent it from biting, it has a 1cm wide rigid plastic band around its mouth. This has restricted blood flow so the mouth is swollen, engorged and ulcerated. I can’t imagine it is ever removed for the snake to eat - I suspect they allow it to die then replace with another snake. It must be experiencing unbearable pain! Such an upsetting, depressing experience. The only thing keeping this awful place going is cash from unsuspecting tourists. Please do not go here. I have given it one star because zero stars is not an option and a review cannot be written.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Lucy_alison
    Wellington, New Zealand35 contributions
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    Please stay away.
    Awful experience 😞 got taken here after a snorkelling tour and would NEVER have gone. Like multiple people, I wish I’d looked at the reviews before we went. Overcrowded, awful conditions. The guide said they release them once they’ve recovered bur I highly doubt it. The tipping point was the poor snake with a plastic band round it, and then the cockatoo with a chain on its “broken” leg. They asked for tips saying they’re volunteers but the whole thing felt like a scam.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Kylie & Jackson
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
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    ANIMAL CRUELTY DISGRACE
    Boat ride to the “island” is the only good thing about the tour. The main area was full of big old turtles slumped with their eyes closed not moving I a slimed filled area they said they were changing the water. The tour guide gave a speel about being a volunteer and not getting any money. The little enclosures with ‘rescued’ turtle and baby turtles ( some dead ) was enough for us. When the guide then showed us the cages with monkeys, big colourful birds in a cage, a cocky chained to a post, it revealed a zoo with hideous conditions. As we made a hasty head back to the boat they tried to sell us souvenirs and the idea of adopting a baby turtle to be released in the ocean…. And upon payment you receive a certificate of authenticity. In short - don’t go here. It is creepy & gross. A Transparent Rort with lies about saving the endangered turtles.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • 44Emma94
    Ryton, United Kingdom35 contributions
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    Nothing was for the turtle's welfare! (It's a long one)
    Awful experience. We were sold by the phrase "turtle island", expecting a beautiful white sand beach with no civilisation and a safe haven for turtles (the place you would see with Attenborough narrating), this could not be further from it. I became suspect of the place when our driver told us there was a cafe. You arrive by your "glass bottomed boat" (small window in the bottom) and lead to the turtle sancturay by your boat driver and meet one of the guides. You start off by getting to feed the large adult green turtles who are kept in a small pond they are covered in what looks like scabs and small scrapes. You will be encouraged to feed them and get your photo taken. You are reminded about how the guides are voluteers and do not make money from this place, I do not belive this is the case. You are then shown all the turtles kept in small tanks and constantly reminded how this is all for the turtle and that you will get you adopt and release one if you wish. It is explained like they will only release these turtles if they get adopted and so not for the good of the turtles, surely if it was for conservation they would be released, if healthy, regardless of adoption. You are allowed to hold one, they pretty much shove it in your hands I refused as I was already traumatised by the experience and wanted to leave as soon as I walked up to the place. They had young babies floating around some of which looked to be dead, and others in the tanks were either stuck in the corner or were swimming into the corners out of distress. They have small reptiles, birds and a young lewak locked up in cages. There were iguana of which the guide said are not native but gave no explanation as to why they then had one in a cage. You will be asked to purchase a picture of you feeding the turtles or holding one, again I refused, I wanted no memories of this place. The guide then apologised to the photographer when we refused to buy, which feels like it supports the claim that money made here is not for the welfare of the turtles but for personal gain. They do have a shop with small figurines, knowing I was not going to be "adopting" any at the end some guilt mean we did purchase a small shell turtle. They will sit you down and show you the book with all the people that have "adopted". He had said to my boyfriend "happy wife, happy life" which was probably his mistake as I'm better at saying "no" to something that sounds like a scam. We did not adopt any in the end as I did not believe anything done here was for the good of the turtle, and the boat ride was not worth the journey or cost.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Elizabeth R
    Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
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    DO NOT GO. TOURIST SCAM
    DO. NOT. GO We were scammed by the price (agreed to amount and then charged US dollars and not AU) ..the ride over was short..and very expensive..and had to pay donations and asked to pay for photos and tips which we declined as we did not like how the animals were being "cared for" on this island. Everyone sounded like a made up story to sell to tourists.. all lies.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 December 2023
  • Anitha V
    2 contributions
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    It is a small sad Turtle farm on an island
    We just visited the so called Turtle Island yesterday. What a great disappointment. We paid like 100$ for a short boat ride to the so called turtle island. We were so sure it was an island where turtles were in their natural environment and free. On reaching there we found it is just a small ill kept farm. The turtles were in the tank for you to see and touch. Too many turtles in a small place. The staff will bring out some sea weed to be fed by us. Not sure if this was the only meal the turtles were getting fed by visitors. They all seemed extremely hungry. In small cages of their own, they also had like one Iguana , bats , poorly fed birds, and also a snake . These will be brought out to take pictures if you please. The staff that were showing us around were telling us they were volunteers and don’t get paid . Not sure how much of it is true .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Josgreet1
    Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
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    Animal abusement centre
    Just don’t go here, going here will keep places like this going. Apart from sea turtles in dirty small bassins they keep some other animals like a bat, snake and monkey. Tourists can touch and tease them, and some of them happily did. Left the place within 5 mins after arriving. Ashamed we even went here. Trip was arranged by blue dolphin, which is also an overpriced scam.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 December 2023
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Coastal62661310729
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Mortified, I was booked for a show and was offered a package deal to also go see Turtle island where they told us in was a conservation site. I have been to Turtle conservations before but this is nothing but the opposite.

Teenage Turtles in shallow dirty tanks tanks the size of big sinks that allowed tourists to touch them, then the nightmare only got worse.... They took us towards the back where there were easily 20 plus full sized turtles in shallow cramped dirty conditions. They were obviously starving as they were struggling on top of each other so they can be fed this tiny bit of seaweed.

I asked the guide will these turtles be released he said no, I asked how they got there in the first place (were any of them injured and being nursed back), he replied ' no I caught them and brought them here'. Then I asked how long have some of these turtles been here, he said some have been there for 20 years. My heart broke.

Please do not go here, we have to fight and get this place shut down.
Written 2 April 2024
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GurgaonShaishav
Gurgaon64 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
No worth anything. the Turtle are good, but to pay 1 Mil IDR for a speed boat ride to go to the island and click pics around the turtle - is not worth it.
Written 20 March 2024
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Kelly S
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I would not recommend this place, we felt so sorry for the turtles they are in small tanks with nothing in them. They said it was a conservation centre that's why we went.
It was expensive small and the guide spent the whole time trying to get money out of us for "conservation" to look after the turtles.
Written 20 March 2024
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Dika Bali Tour
Bali, Indonesia59 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
Earlier we visited Turtle Island with guests from India. Before leaving, we bought tickets at Tanjung Benoa. After that, we immediately took a small boat to the island. When we got there, the view was very beautiful and we were greeted by friendly guards. We were taken on a tour to see the animals on the island. That's what was interesting for us when we took a photo with the mother turtle 😁 (we were very impressed with the big turtle, he could sit on it and his binoculars were very strong enough to hold our weight, while drinking young coconut water
Written 16 March 2024
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Julia Y
44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This facility tries the rehabilitate injured turtles and birds. I know there are poor reviews. I feel bad for the keepers and the animals. The government cut off their funding. They went from 40 paid employees to 17 volunteers. They are just barely hanging on. We had a personal guide that was well informed which helped a lot.
Written 13 March 2024
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Caz N
Kilmore, Australia1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Today was a nice experience because the tour guide showed obvious passion for his job as a volunteer for the turtles, birds, Lurwaks, bats and snakes. The island is caring for mostly injured turtles who have been brought in with plastic and boat injuries. They are released in less than 6 months. The enclosures were clean. Water is changed daily after feeds in the tanks. The oldest was 70 years. 3 different breeds; Hawksbill, the Olive turtle and the Green turtle. Well worth the experience as these dear creatures are being nursed back to health and our support gives them this chance. 🐢
Written 12 March 2024
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Bilal P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Please don’t go here horrible they need to set all the turtles free hungry private owners investors place needs to be shut down. Found ourselves here through a boating package. You get on a boat to get to this Island which is all part of your experience you can drive there easier but they want you too see the water sports.

Boat went from hotel Then you arrive at Turtle Island (basically a part of nusa dua and not a true island), where you are allowed to get close and even touch the “rehabilitating” animals, this is where the horror starts, or at least to me it rings some alarms, this does not sound like a typical conservation place i have experienced in the past.

The turtles are kept in small groups in very shallow water tanks, some tanks have only one turtle where as others have nearly TWENTY TURTLES IN A BABY POOL, where they cannot properly move and have no access to food, some of the tanks are really dirty and broken where turtles can hurt themselves easily.

Most of the big turtles struggle in the
soiled water (open space water pit) and seemed to be in trouble. There was an option to buy a turtle to set it free, which did not seemed legit how it was communicated to us.

There are other animals like iguanas, a cockatoo, an owl, a monkey with a very limited moving space, toucans, a bat, and a luwak - all in rusty, damaged enclosures, birds chained to a tree or a pole. Animals do not seem happy with their treatment and manhandling at all.

For most of the birds, you can take them on your arm to make pictures but animals seem distressed, moving left and right, nibbling on your arm, really feel sorry for all these animals.

Throughout the tour, they kept asking for donations and tips to help animals, but looking at the condition of this place and how animals are kept/treated, I wonder where the donations end up.

There are some photographs who take your photos without asking and then become pushy to sell the prints for hefty price, claiming that the payment goes to the preservation, extension and maintenance of the conservation and for the well-being of the animals.
Written 5 March 2024
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Perthgal2010
Vientiane, Laos142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
TAMBAKSARI TURTLE PARK & MINI ZOO is the correct name, a boat ride from Nusa Dua, well worth the visit, to see the different varieties of turtles, some of which are there to recuperate after incidences at sea, (caught in fishing nets etc) , there you can feed them seaweed and be in the water with them, to touch as they swim by.
They have others in pools of different species, again you can touch them.
Theres also a mini zoo, in which we got to hold a fruit bat and a small sized boa constrictor, birds, lewaks, lizards. They survive from donations to the sanctuary, please help them out by visiting.
Be sure to go before the tide goes out or like us you will need to help push the boat back!
Written 21 January 2024
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Reelika N
57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Guys, these guys are cheaters and robbers. They charge insane money for the trip which is awful.
We paid for 1 hour awful experience 89 eur.
I filed them to Bali tourist police. Hope the guys will need to close their business. They ruin Bali reputation
Written 18 January 2024
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Josgreet1
Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Just don’t go here, going here will keep places like this going. Apart from sea turtles in dirty small bassins they keep some other animals like a bat, snake and monkey. Tourists can touch and tease them, and some of them happily did. Left the place within 5 mins after arriving. Ashamed we even went here. Trip was arranged by blue dolphin, which is also an overpriced scam.
Written 30 December 2023
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