The Hikkaduwa Turtle Farm & Hatchery is a home to several endangered turtle species such as the hawks bill, leather back and much more. The tanks here hold new born turtles and some rare turtles as old as 120 years. Due to varying unfavorable circumstances, these species are unable to peacefully nurture their eggs and young ones, hence the hatchery collect eggs and also encourages locals to bring in abandoned eggs or turtles to them for which they are being paid thereby enhancing the conservation of turtle stocks and persuading people to stop selling and eating turtles or their eggs. The Hatchery provides a safe haven for the eggs until they hatch and are completely ready to step out into the ocean independently when safe as they are frequently caught up in fishing nets and are injured at sea. During their time at the Hatchery, they learn to dive and grow into their instinct natures of finding food.
During your visit, you get to read and hear all about their life cycle and how the entire process is carried out, you also get to hold these adorable little ones, which is one of the most favorite parts of this visit for many tourists. A definite visit for tourists of all ages and interests. A small donation to this sanctuary helps them maintain the well being of these magnificent creatures.