Rekawa is located about 10 km east of the south coast town of Tangalla in the southern coast of the island. The Turtle Sanctuary is not only one of the best locations to see marine turtles in Sri Lanka but also in the world. Out of the seven species of turtles that inhabit the world and are endangered, a record five can be seen at Rekawa. Safari walks here take place at night where the turtles are observed from afar as they come to nest. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to the site between January and July when an average of 17 turtles a day come onto the shore at Rekawa. They come in smaller numbers during the rest of the year. Protected by the Turtle Conservation Project since 1996, the sanctuary itself is quite distinct from the turtle hatcheries as it protects the various nesting sites from predators
Eco Team Turtle Observation Camp
It is an ideal location to be based for turtle watching at Rekawa. The staff will wake you up when the turtles have arrived, the comfortable tents are fully equipped with a kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in the campsite when the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire.
The waterproof tents accommodate 2-4 persons. Hot meals will be prepared at the site by professional cooks.