Turtle Beach is a popular spot in Sri Lanka for one thing – turtles! So here’s exactly where to find the wild Hikkaduwa turtles and a guide to visiting.
Turtle Beach Sri Lanka – A Guide To The Wild Hikkaduwa Turtles
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Turtle Beach is located in Hikkaduwa, a seaside resort town in southwest of Sri Lanka.
The Hikkaduwa turtles can usually be found swimming around directly in front of the Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon Hotel.
From the main part of Hikkaduwa Beach, simply head left (when facing the ocean) until you hit a rocky divide.
There are steps leading over the divide, and down to a small piece of beach in front of the HikkaTranz by Cinnamon Hotel, where the turtles like to hang.
We’ve added a mapping point to make things easier.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
The best time to visit the West coast of Sri Lanka, is between December – March. These months should make sure you avoid the West coast monsoon seasons.
However, the Hikkaduwa turtles can be found at Turtle Beach all year round.
For the best time to head to Turtle Beach, we would recommend visiting as close to sunrise as possible.
The earlier in the morning you visit, the less tourists you’ll find. Therefore you’ll likely have the best experience, as the turtles swim around you without the crowds.
What To Pack
Underwater Camera: GoPro HERO7
Waterproof Phone Case: LifeProof Fre Waterproof Phone Case
Day Bag: Manfrotto Manhattan Mover-50
Sunscreen: Banana Boat Sunscreen SPF-50
Microfibre Towel: Microfibre Quick Dry Towel
Rain Jacket: Columbia Lightweight Rain Jacket
The wild Hikkaduwa turtles are super local to this part of the coastline and can be spotted by snorkelling up and down the beaches all year round.
Although there is one point at Turtle Beach in particular where the big boys like to play.
These wild turtles in Hikkaduwa are completely free 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.
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.
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 Turtle Beach will definitely be a memorable one!
Also, do not leave Hikkaduwa without catching a sunset on Hikkaduwa Beach! The photo doesn’t do it justice but it was by far one of the best we caught in Sri Lanka.
Luxury – Villa Saffron – Situated in Hikkaduwa, Villa Saffron Hikkaduwa offers seafront accommodation 1.4 miles from Hikkaduwa Coral Reef and provides facilities like an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. With free WiFi, this 5-star resort offers room service. The property is 1.6 miles from Hikkaduwa Bus Stand. At the resort, all rooms come with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Villa Saffron Hikkaduwa features certain units with sea views, and the rooms include a kettle. The units at the accommodation come with a seating area.
Mid-Budget – Villa Red Lobster – Featuring an outdoor pool, Villa Red Lobster in Hikkaduwa provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive. The bed and breakfast offers a continental or Asian breakfast. The restaurant at Villa Red Lobster serves international cuisine. Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at the accommodation. Hikkaduwa Coral Reef is 200 yards from Villa Red Lobster, while Hikkaduwa Bus Stand is 900 yards away.
Budget – Hikka Train Hostel – Hikka Train Hostel @ Surf Beach is conveniently situated just 150 yards from Hikkaduwa fishing harbour. Guests can utilize the barbeque facilities and enjoy free Wi-Fi access at all areas. Set just a few steps from the popular Hikkaduwa Beach, this affordable hostel is located within 550 yards from Hikkaduwa Railway Station and 15.5 miles to the historical Galle Fort. Colombo city is 60.9 miles away. The fan-cooled rooms at Hikka Train Hostel come with a flat-screen TV, seating area and work desk. Bathroom facilities include hot-water showers.
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