Wild Hikkaduwa Turtles & Where To Find Them

Wild Hikkaduwa Turtles & Where To Find Them

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 wild Hikkaduwa turtles.

Wild Hikkaduwa Turtles & Where To Find Them

What You Need To Know

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 Hikkaduwa Beach in particular where the big boys like to play.

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Feeding the wild turtles at Hikkaduwa Beach

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.

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Peace to the wild Hikkaduwa Turtles living at Hikkaduwa Beach

There are also many turtle hatcheries around Hikkaduwa Beach 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 The Wild Hikkaduwa Turtles

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.

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Where on Hikkaduwa Beach to find the wild Hikkaduwa Turtles

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 Beach will definitely be a memorable one!

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The little guy popped his head up to say hello

Don’t Miss Sunset at Hikkaduwa Beach

Also, completely off topic, 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.

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Beautiful pup on Hikkaduwa Beach for Sunset

Where To Stay In Hikkaduwa

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.

More Sri Lanka

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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  1. Stine Houlberg
    August 11, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Hi 🙂
    And thank you for all your great articles here on your blog – lots of great inspiration!!
    We are planning a trip to Sri Lanka in february 2019, and would really like to visit Hikkaduwa beach to visit the turtles there, as you write about.
    But I would like to know what time a year you visited this place? I do not suppose that the turtles visit this beach all year around…?
    Thank you and have a great trip wherever you go next time :-))

    Best regards

    • August 11, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Hey Stine 🙂 Thanks so much, you will love Hikkaduwa! We visited around June/July time and not sure about other times of the year. Sorry.

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