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Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Bequia

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Glimpse sea turtles up close at Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered turtles. Observe the creatures in several pools--each one houses a different species. The turtles are raised here until they are 14 inches long and then released into the ocean. The owner offers valuable insight and knowledge, teaching visitors the value of a healthy environment and how they can help save all types of endangered species from extinction. Before you head to Bequia, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Bequia online trip builder, to make sure you see all that Bequia has to offer, including Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary.
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  • Old Hegg is a very authentic protected turtle sanctuary. Dump your American or European standards of aquariums and enjoy a real place making an impact on the waters in the area. 
    Old Hegg is a very authentic protected turtle sanctuary. Dump your American or European standards of aquariums and enjoy a real place making an impact on the waters in the area.  more »
  • I absolutely hate to give a negative review and this is in no way a reflection on anyone as the guide was very nice and friendly but I don't feel this is a sanctuary at all but sadly these animals... 
    I absolutely hate to give a negative review and this is in no way a reflection on anyone as the guide was very nice and friendly but I don't feel this is a sanctuary at all but sadly these animals...  more »
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  • I went to this place with some friends and the owner told us he randomly collects freshly hatched turtles from the beach and puts them into the basin. The turtles then stay there until they’re 6 or 7 years old. The owner claims he then releases them. Animal wellfare guidelines state that turtles in captivity should be released at the age of 1 year. The tanks are really small and dirty, people were touching the turtles and there were some animals in isolation (see photos). There were some dead animals in the tanks. All in all this really hasn’t earned the name “sanctuary”, it’s more like a tourist trap. The owner doesn’t care about turtle well-being at all, it seems he just wants to make money. No recommendation at all
  • This was an extremely interesting place to visit. I have never seen so many turtles in one place. It was great to see the baby ones. The man who runs the Sanctuary clearly has a genuine passion for what he does. It is a good idea to get an open air taxi to see the Sanctuary as it is an extremely scenic drive.

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