The Cayman Islands is world famous for its exquisite dive sites and white sand beaches, but did you know that the island also offers land-based attractions, including a historical museum, botanical gardens, caves and, yes, duty-free shopping? Add to the list a “don’t miss” attraction - the Cayman Turtle Centre. And remember, for your planning purposes, the Cayman Islands offers an escape for adults and an adventure for kids.
For starters, The Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter, formerly known as the Cayman Turtle Farm, is the world’s only sea turtle captive breeding facility. This wildlife conservation facility hosts more than 200,000 visitors every year, making it one of the largest land-based attractions in Grand Cayman and one of the top-ranked things to do in the Cayman Islands.
The Turtle Centre not only houses green sea turtles, but also an American saltwater crocodile, nurse sharks, tarpon and barracuda, and a variety of birds and butterflies. You can arrange to see the Turtle Centre via private charters in Cayman.
A Brief History of the Cayman Turtle Centre
The Cayman Islands have a history of turtling, dating to the 1600s. In order to supply the market with product and yet not deplete the turtle population, American and British investors in 1968 built the first commercial venture to domesticate green sea turtles. What was then known as the Cayman Turtle Farm was purchased by the Cayman Islands government in 1983, and in 2010 it got its new name to emphasize the attraction’s wildlife, in addition to its turtle breeding efforts.
See a Variety of Wildlife at the Cayman Turtle Centre
Spend some family time at this wildlife facility with an all-inclusive trip to the Cayman Islands. Your visit will be entertaining, educational and fun.
This 23-acres marine park features a range of attractions, including a predator reef tank where you can view nurse sharks; a turtle lagoon where you can swim with yearling green sea turtles; turtle touch tanks; a saltwater lagoon that hosts a large crocodile; a free flight aviary and a butterfly garden.
Stroll along Cayman Street and see a traditional home with a conch shell-lined path and thatch relics. Explore the Blue Hole Nature Trail and wind your way through a thicket of Cayman’s native trees, including the honored Silver Thatch. Then cool off in Breaker’s lagoon, which has two waterfalls and an underwater viewing panel. And don’t forget to visit the gift shop!
Let a local guide or tour company show you around to make the most of your time. You can book a private charter tour in the Cayman Islands, which includes the Cayman Turtle Centre as well as other fascinating attractions.