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Rekawa beach

Rekawa beach is a spacious sandy beach about 10 km from Tangalle Bay that begins in the lagoon of the same name behind the village of Marakolliya and that ends in the Kalametiya natural reserve. The waves are quite high here, therefore not ideal for swimming.

Rekawa Beach is one of the best places to spot endangered sea turtles in Sri Lanka, because it is one of the best natural habitats with many sea turtles. In Rekawa you can observe the ancient ritual of turtles coming ashore and laying eggs.

Rekawa beach is visited by five different species of sea turtles, which lay their eggs in the sand every night throughout the year. These five species are:

  • Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
  • Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
  • Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
  • Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
  • Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)

Full Moon days between January and April are considered being the best time to watch the sea turtles. The turtles tend to come to the shore with moonlight, therefore the brighter the moonlight the better the chance of spotting sea turtles.

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Wijaya Beach Turtle Watching

Wijaya Beach

Wijaya Beach, also known as Dalawella Beach, is located on the Galle Coast of Sri Lanka, not far from Unawatuna. The laid back nature of this place makes it a favourite among locals, tourists, and also expats. And the beach won’t disappoint with its clean, white sand, and backdrop of coconut palms leaning over the clear blue water. A coral reef forms a sheltered natural pool where people often swim. This is also a place to spot sea turtles of all sizes which many times come into the shallows towards the end of the day. You can either swim with them or try and spot them as they make their way in and out of the water. No matter how you plan to spend your time here, make sure that you dine outside near the beach in the evening, to catch one of the incredible sunsets here.


Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, is famous for its beautiful beaches, the coral reefs, and the beautiful ocean views. Like many of the beaches around this paradise island, the Hikkaduwa beach is also breath-taking. It is an excellent spot to relax and lounge. But besides that, you can do plenty of other exciting activities in Hikkaduwa, like surfing, and swimming with sea turtles in Hikkaduwa’s shallow seas.
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Sri Lanka’s tropical nature is one of the most exotic natures in the world. Most tropical species like slender loris, leopards, wild cats and jungle cats, sloth bears and elephants can be witnessed in Sri Lanka. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean is also famous for migrating and indigenous birds.