Conserving Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka

Help rehabilitate injured turtles and increase their population so they can thrive in Asia. Protect eggs from predators to increase the numbers reaching maturity.

About this project

Help in this sea turtle conservation project that focuses on rehabilitating injured turtles and improving the survival rates of hatchlings, located on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. 


Main volunteering activities:
  • Feeding and caring for injured turtles
  • Protecting turtle eggs from predators
  • Cleaning the turtles’ tanks
  • Assisting when turtles are released into the sea
  • Cleaning up the beach
Key information:
  • The typical number of days on this fulfilling project 2-3, but some spend longer
  • It involves 7-8 hours of helping each day
  • November to April is recommended, but you can help anytime
  • This volunteering project blends well with exploring the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, on both land and at sea
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Successes to date:

Hundreds of injured turtles have been rescued and rehabilitated back to life in the sea. 

This project is for you if:
  • You are looking for a project that enables you to work alongside the locals to conserve turtles
  • You would like an experience that has a variety of activities
  • You are happy rolling up your sleeves and don’t mind getting dirty

Nearby activities:

  • Exploring fascinating Galle
  • Whale watching
  • Vibrant Colombo
  • Beach relaxation

Suggested Itinerary for Sri Lanka

in Sri Lanka

Price: US$6,000 per adult, $3,800 per child under 12

This adventure enables you to bond as a family by conserving critically endangered sea turtles, plus you get to explore the wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka

Trip Highlights

  • Rolling up your sleeves and conserving sea turtles 
  • Private guided wildlife spotting in Yala National Park – especially good for leopards
  • Tea Country and a tea factory
  • Elephant spotting at Udawalalawe National Park

Price Includes

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Private transfers
  • Expert local guides
  • Breakfasts and meals as specified
  • Volunteering costs
Note: Price excludes international flights

Day by Day Sample Itinerary

    • Day 1: Arrive Colombo, stay at The Wallawwa
    • Day 2: You have a scenic journey into Tea Country. Stay at Thotolagala (B, L)
    • Day 3: Visit tea factory, transfer on to Yala National Park. Stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge (B,D)
    • Day 4-5 Wildlife safari (B,L,D)
    • Day 6 Transfer to Udawalawe National Park, stay at Kalu’s Hideaway. Visit the Elephant Transit Center (B,L,D)
    • Day 7 Wildlife safari – especially good location for seeing elephants (B,L,D)
    • Day 8 Transfer to Kumu Beach Hotel, via Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve (B)
    • Day 9-10 Sea turtle conservation (B, L)
    • Day 11 Transfer to airport and fly home (B)
    Note: This is a sample itinerary only, and we delight in crafting unique itineraries to meet your family’s exact requirements

Note – this is a sample itinerary, designed to give you a flavor of Sri Lanka, and we delight in crafting trips to your exact preferences.

You can customize this trip to suit your specific requirements, in fact any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation.

Got a crazy request, or an off-the -radar place you have longed to visit? Just let us know – we delight in delighting you!

Here are some suggestions to customize this itinerary:

  • Head to Minneriya and witness the Elephant Gathering
  • Explore the Cultural Triangle 
  • Spot the giants of the ocean: Blue Whales
  • Explore fascinating colonial Galle

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