Where To Find The Giant Turtles Of Hikkaduwa

Where To Find The Giant Turtles Of Hikkaduwa

We were on the hunt for wild turtles in Sri Lanka for a while and couldn’t find information on them anywhere. So we’ve drafted up this quick blog to explain exactly where to find the turtles of Hikkaduwa.

Where To Find The Giant Turtles Of Hikkaduwa

What You Need To Know

Turtles are local to Hikkaduwa’s coastline and can be spotted by snorkelling up and down the beaches all year round. Although there is one point in particular where the big boys like to play.

Wanderers & Warriors - Lauren - Giant Turtles, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

These turtles are completely wild and they have been known to visit a certain point of the shore to feed on the seaweed and lay their eggs for many years.

There are conservation workers that hangs around the rocky area helping tourists gather seaweed, for those that want to feed the turtles, and to make sure nobody is touching or mistreating the animals.

Wanderers & Warriors - Lauren - Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

There are also many turtle hatcheries around Hikkaduwa and the under water world is one of the towns main tourism points. So you can be sure that the locals take great care of their wildlife.

Where To Find Them

So from the main beach, head left until you hit a rocky divide. There are steps leading down to a small piece of beach in front of HikkaTranz by Cinnamon Hotel where the turtles like to hang. We’ve added a mapping point to make things easier.

Wanderers & Warriors - Where To Find The Giant Turtles Of Hikkaduwa

Please Respect The Wildlife

Finally, these animals are incredible, and as mentioned Hikkaduwa thrives off its local marine life. Don’t crowd the turtles, touch the turtles or get in their way as they go about their business. That said, grab a photo, give them some seaweed and your trip to Hikkaduwa will definitely be a memorable one!

Wanderers & Warriors - Giant Turtles, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Don’t Miss Sunset

Also, completely off topic, do not leave Hikkaduwa without catching a sunset on the Beach! The photo doesn’t do it justice but it was by far one of the best we caught in Sri Lanka.

Wanderers & Warriors - Beach Sunset, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Where To Stay

Luxury – Villa Saffron – We stayed here for 2 nights and could not recommend it enough. The staff, food and ambiance was amazing! You can read about our stay here.

Mid-Budget – Villa Red Lobster – We met another English couple staying at Villa Red Lobster who said it was ideal.

Backpacker – Hikka Train Hostel – The name sounds cool and one of the cheapest places you’ll find in Hikkaduwa with good reviews.

You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Hikkaduwa here.

Travel Planning

For more things to do in Sri Lanka and which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of Sri Lanka – A Route & Trip Guide

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