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Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

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What’s not to like about seeing cute baby turtles being given a good start in life and older injured ones nursed back from ill-health?

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The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) at Serangan Island south of Sanur is doing both those things plus the important job of educating both the local community and schoolkids to help end the turtle trade and support conservation. Turtle meat (and eggs) has long being consumed in Bali, and is still used in certain religious rituals, by employing and educating locals they hope this will be past tense.

So, you come here often? Photo taken in or around Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, Sanur, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

So, you come here often? Photo: Sally Arnold

Serangan Island is no longer an “island”, land has been reclaimed and now it’s just a bump on the coastline (ahhh, we remember the days when you could only go by boat...), and the area is somewhat developed, but local turtles still think its a good place to lay their eggs (mostly between July and October), the centre collects the eggs from the busy tourist beaches, and raises the hatchling until they are ready to start the big journey into the ocean alone, know in turtle conservation speak as “the lost years”.

The centre keeps the young turtles for one month to give them a little bit of an edge, and holds back any runts or sickly hatchlings until they are a bit stronger (whether they should be released as soon as they are hatched, is cause for debate in turtle conservation circles but TCEC follows advice from The Turtle Hospital, Florida USA), and this gives you (yes you, dear reader) the opportunity to “adopt a turtle”.

Important work done good. Photo taken in or around Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, Sanur, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Important work done good. Photo: Sally Arnold

Sorry you can’t take one home, but for 150,000 rupiah you can take part in their release into the sea. Release programs run when they have hatchlings (obviously) usually between the months of July and October, generally mornings from 09:00-10:00 and afternoons 15:00-17:00. If you are keen to take part in this programme, call first to check there are some ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
You’ll need your own transport or a taxi or ojek (organise the return trip) to reach here. It’s roughly a 15 minute drive from Sanur and closer to 30 minutes from Kuta or Seminyak. You could cycle from Sanur in about half an hour. A local check point to Serangan Island charges 4,000 rupiah for cars and 2,000 rupiah for motorbikes entry fee.

Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
8 kilometres south of Sanur, Jalan Tukad Punggawa Lingkungan Ponjok, Serangan
Mo-Su: 09:00-17:00
T: (0813) 3849 0357, (0815) 321 2227
Admission: Free, donations welcome

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