Grand Cayman Turtle Farm Excursion Reviews
In Grand Cayman, we had the experience of our lives at the Turtle Farm. This was by far our favorite and the best value I have ever received on a Carnival shore excursion. The place is gorgeous, the food was excellent and their snorkel tank is out of this world. Little rough to start with my 6 year old but once she got the hang of it, we didn't want to leave.
I am only giving this four stars because it was a bit confusing at times. First since this is a tender port we had to get up and get going. We did get on a tender quickly and got to the port. When we finally found the spot we thought we needed to be in it was swamped with people and no rhyme or reason as to what was what and even if we were in the space we needed to be. We did find someone to give us arm bands and that told us to get into the tent but we couldnt get near the tent. We waited a LONG time in the sun and it just felt very unorganized. Finally we started to move and got on buses to head to the farm. Loved the actual farm, but next time I would leave the group and just head over to the snorkel lagoon and bird area on our own. There were too many of us to be able to hear the guide and also to even try to hold the turtles. We loved the snorkeling part. We did lose about an hour of this trip due to waiting at port which was frustrating.
A brief tour. You're hear for about an hour, which is plenty. It's a self guided tour. You first see the large turtles (large is an understatement) who are breeding. Then you will see some juveniles and a crocodile. Lastly, there is the babies. Of course, you can hold one of these precious little guys and have your picture taken. Which brings you too the end where you can buy the picture. For all of our pictures it was $25. They will email them to you, so it's really no big deal. You will then exit via the gift shop but wait before you buy. Right outside is 3-4 other shops with almost the same items for less! Plus there is a little shop of handmade necklaces and trinkets which are all about $1 - perfect for the kids to pick out gifts for friends.
great experience. wish we would have had more time
Loved it! We got to hold the baby turtles make for good photo ops!
I am going to give the turtle farm excursion 5 stars because seeing and being able to touch and hold a sea turtle was enough. I was a bit disappointed with the "snorkeling" as it was not in the ocean but in a maintained lagoon. The lagoon did have fish and a few sea turtles there so you could interact with them if wished. We did not go over to the "beach" area to use the water slid as we decided to visit the bird sanctuary. One of the keepers explained to us about one of the female parrots that was rescued after being struck by a car. Nice to see they took excellent care of her and she has a mate. Overall I think it was worth the time and money.
Grand Cayman was very beautiful and we enjoyed the Turtle Farm very much. All I will say is we found the small enclosures of the turtles very sad. For that reason we will probably do an excursion with animals in the wild next time.
Fascinating to see the turtles at various ages. Swimming in the lagoon with the turtles was fun.
In Grand Cayman - I went on my own to a turtle farm and swam with the turtles. I got so many great underwater pictures and got to hold a baby sea turtle. I didn't really hang out to shop, my shore excursion took most of the time in port.
This excursion included several price options based on add ons such as lunch included and swimming with the dolphins. It was well organized with wrist bands of different colors to distinguish the tour purchased and which areas of the park you were permitted entrance into. The park areas were clearly indicated with signage. The van ride there was only about 30 minutes and went through some lovely areas that the driver clearly pointed out to us. We even made a quick photo stop at the Governor's home along the way. The turtle farm was small but very interesting and informative. Up close and personal encounters and touching are allowed and encouraged. There is even a shallow pool where you can step down in with the baby turtles, touch them and even pick them up. Photos taken by the park personnel are offered but not in a pushy manner and private photography is not discouraged. Iguanas of all sizes and colors are plentiful on walkways, rock walls and sandy places. You can snorkel with the big turtles viewing the predatory shark exhibit from a glass beneath the water provided for your safety (and that of the turtles!), visit the small bird aviary or even enjoy a swimming area complete with waterslide, just bring your own towel. Changing rooms are available as well as an open air restaurant for a bite of lunch. Be warned though, the prices were high and in our opinion, the quality of food was lacking. We did not include the buffet in our tour ticket, so I can't speak for that and didn't think to ask the others on the bus what they thought. Bottled water was $3 at the restaurant, only $2 near the Gift Shop entrance from the park, and only $1 out front at the little local shops adjacent to the gift shop, so be aware. Everything in the gift shop was fairly pricey but not unexpected when preservation of animals is the priority. All in all, a nice excursion for the price and we had plenty of time upon returning to the pier to do some shopping at the many booths and stores near the tender pier. There is security to leave/enter the pier area. We did not venture far but saw a bit of the downtown area before easily returning to the ship.
My favorite time! It was rushed, and with the time frame we could have spent more time at each place, but I still loved it! Dennis was our tour leader and he was GREAT! I got teared up when I got to hold the sea turtles! That was something I have always dreamed of doing! What a beautiful place, and what a great day!
The turtle farm was OK. We went independently, very easy to get to. We hopped on a bus, cost $2.50 per person. We paid the extra to do the snorkeling with the turtles. I enjoyed the touch tank and feeding the birds in the aviary, however the snorkeling was disappointing. We should have just done the $18 version of the turtle farm, and then went to 7 mile beach and found a reef and snorkeled there. There were limited fish, and only saw a few turtles in the park. It was more like swimming in a giant fish tank. Kind of gross.
The sting ray swim is amazing. It is so beautiful way out there on the sand bar. You feel like you have left reality and are on the cover of a postcard. The guides are very professional and practice safety while making sure all guests get the experience they want. Being on the sand bar was a bit tough though for me since I am short and everytime a boat came in the water would go over my head making it hard for me to keep my footing. I wish there were less boat traffic so the waters wouldn't be as rough.
We love the Turtle Farm! While learning about, seeing, and even holding turtles is fun and educational, there is a lot more in the park (be sure to purchase the all-inclusive ticket). We look on this as a beach day as there is a salt-water lagoon where you can snorkel and see fish and turtles; and a fresh-water lagoon with a water-slide and waterfall. There are plenty of loungers in both places. There's also an aviary and a great restaurant.
i really enjoyed this excursion, while it was a bit long i still had a good time. I mean, how often do you get to hold a baby green sea turtle? and feed sea turtles? anyway, it was great. i enjoyed the holding the turtle part. But i don't need to spend so many hours at the farm. Our tour included lunch and we got to go snorkeling in their lagoon -- the lagoon isn't that great; small lagoon with fish and a few turtles.
I wish this excursion is 1-2 hrs long and then go somewhere else like 7 mile beach and go snorkeling there. I rather go snorkeling out in the sea than at their lagoon because their lagoon had a lot of algae.
Great excursion, which it was longer.
A bit crowded trying to find where to go for the excursion pickup location. Once located it was a little difficult to keep group together due to the walk to the bus. Tour was good. At the time it seemed that the tour guide rushed though the tour a bit. I did not know that we would have free time to explore and enjoy on our own. Could have done with the Hell stop on the tour. It is 10 minutes of my life that I will never get back. Shopping district around the port was clean. I never felt pressured to buy anything and never felt watched for browsing.
This was by far the TOP experience for the kids aged 10, 11, 15, and 16. They are all girls. The LOVED LOVED LOVED the turtle farm. Keep in mind, it was the cute turtles that made it so special. It was super nice that there were some little pools with several turtles and only 4 could be in that little pool holding turtles. It worked out perfect. We have many many many photos that we were allowed to take there. And we weren't charged EXTRA for the photos. It was the BEST excursion of all. And Ernest T. Jackson, our bus driver was super awesome, friendly, and gave us much history of Grand Cayman. We were very thankful to have him drive us around in his personal bus.
Our tour guide was confused as to where he was to take us so we went to the dolphin experience across the road instead. we questioned him and finally he called his dispatcher who took 20 minutes to get us wrist bands so we could walk across the road to see the turtle farm. This was the highlight of the tour and worth the time - we only got 20 minutes there and arrived back at the dock very close to final boarding, which meant we had no time to shop at the dock and had to stand in a long line to get back on board the ship, but we are glad we spoke up and insisted to the guide that he was wrong and we were supposed to see the turtle farm.
I wanted to touch the baby turtles and I was not disappointed. The guys that took us on the tour bent over backwards to make sure everyone got to enjoy the excursion. Apparently, there was a mix up and some handicapped passengers who required motorized wheel chairs bought tickets but there was no place on the bus to put them. No worries though, the guys used a personal SUV to haul the wheel chairs. Also, seeing and petting the turtles was awesome, the snorkeling with the turtles was great. No, the water is not pristine like a pool. It is saltwater with fish and turtles but it is not disgusting and the lagoon is actually rather large. The food there was good (Jerk chicken sandwich) and we even had a local beer. The trip to Hell was worth the exactly 5 minute stop. But the bus tour of the island was super interesting and fun.
Part of the Island Tour was a trip to a Sea Turtle Farm where you could touch and hold little sea turtles. Our daughter LOVED that. They have a really large collection of sea turtles of all ages and they took the time to explain all about them. You end up in the gift store, so bring cash. Don't ask for a free gift coupon from your driver -- it was a cheapie key ring with the name of a business that had nothing to do with the Turtle Farm.
Loved the turtle farm. I wasn't sure what to expect. In addition to interacting with some very cute turtles, there is a swim area, a restaurant, an aviary and a nature trail. It was beautiful and made for a lovely day.
Our tour guide was amazing! The trip there and back he explained enough about the island to give us a quick overview. The turtle farm was neat. Seeing all the turtles at different ages. There are small wading pools you can walk into where little ones are swimming and you can pick them up. There is also a pool there with waterslides to go on and another side where it's a mock beach and you can snorkel with some sea life (great way for our 8year old to experience snorkelling.)
Lots of fun for the kids. Was able to swim with sea turtles and hold baby turtles. Memorable experience for us.
Grand Cayman seems alot like Florida with hotels, etc and was not as poor as Jamaica.
In Grand Cayman, we had pre-booked the Turtles, Turtles, and More Turtles Deluxe excursion through Carnival. We tendered in and got to the terminal very quickly, got our tour bracelets and lunch tickets, but we stood around sweating for about 45 minutes before we were ushered to a bus and taken to the turtle farm. Our bus driver, "Captain Morgan", was awesome. We were told to remember his name, that we were on bus number one, and that he was to pick us up at 11:30. When we got to the turtle farm, we were surprised at how bad the turtle poop smelled up the whole area! Sorry, just wanted to warn you. My six-year old daughter was gagging and did NOT want to stand around listening to the tour info! At the turtle farm, our tour guide was Tony. He was pretty good, but apparently he was jumping around among three tour groups, often leaving us standing around waiting for him, wasting time. To further confuse matters, he had another group that was supposedly on bus number one. So our groups eventually got mixed up, but it all worked out. I was personally glad when the tour part was over. Our family moved on to the saltwater lagoon, where you could snorkel with the turtles and the fish, but when walking in it was slimy. The kids and I don't swim very well, so we just kind of waded around for a while, before we heard someone say that there was a freshwater pool with a water slide. We headed over there, and wished we could have spent the whole day there! It was great, and also set up like a lagoon - It was a zero-entry rock pool, and the lifeguards at the waterslide were excellent! When one of our kids was about to come down the slide, the lifeguard would give us a thumbs-up so we would know to catch them. Sometimes we thought one of our kids was about to come down, and he would blow the whistle and tell us to get out of the way! After we got out of the pool and changed clothes, we went to the bar and restaurant to eat - They had a buffet of fried fish, BBQ chicken, dirty rice, fried plaintains, and punch, and it was good. The kids weren't really interested in that, so they also offered a cheeseburger, chicken strips, or hot dog - All with fries. One had the hot dog, and one had the chicken strips. We tendered back and got the kids all checked in at Camp Carnival, then hubby and I caught another tender back to go do a little bit of shopping. It was funny - That was about 1:00, and at that time most folks were heading back to the ship. We were two of only four people on our boat going toward the island, and our friends later told us that they were packed like sardines on their tender, and when we passed they said "Hey, look at that boat with only four people on it! WAIT! That's Steve and Sheila!!!" Hahaha...
For only $75 bucks per person we did Hell, Turtle farm, Rum Cake Factory, Stingray City, and snorkeling. The Stingrays were awesome and so was the turtles. Hell and Rum Cake Factory could be missed if needed...
The turtles were awesome.
I didn't think I would enjoy this but I really did. It was amazing to see those huge turtles. And the shells and the color of the turtles' bodies were pretty. Also liked the iguanas.
I got the one that included food. avoid the food!!!! I didn't realize at the time it was not kept warm properly and when back at the ship promptly got sick as a dog for the rest of the night.. Better after vomiting. Turtle farm was ok, there were only a couple turtles in the lagoon area where you can swim. This was the least enjoyable of all the trips
Ok stop. The turtles are interesting.
Turtle farm was part of the Land & Sea tour. Wow, I had never seen so many gigantic turtles before!
We had high hopes for this excursion but were very disappointed.. Getting tendered in went fine ti was waiting with 500+ others from 6 different ships in 90 degree heat that was not only unpleasant but could have ended tragically .. NOT because of anything that Carnival did but the tour company responsible for the busses nut being ready for that may people in the port.. There was many seniors and plus size people waiting for long periods of time with no water and the shade was disappearing quickly..
We finally for picked up and taken on very scary ride to the Turtle farm..the driver drives like a wild man( and my Husband is a professional driver).When we got to the Turtle farm we went thru the gates and over to the breeding tank then to the tank with the oldest turtle and then to the area where we could pick a turtle, then to the release tank where you can snorkel in the tank with the poop and slime from the Turtles YUCK!!! The predator tank was nothing but and big plate glass window with some fish and a Nurse shark as a Barracuda .. Boring!!!
We had the "Deluxe " tour with lunch.. not worth the extra $20 per person for Fish, Chicken, Rice and Coleslaw.. no battled water nothing to drink offered.. charged $2.00 for a 375ML bottle of water .
After lunch we went to the main gate and had Coconut water at $4,00 for 1 Coconut and left the park.. where just out side the entrance that bottle of water we paid $2 for was only $1.00.. NOT IMPRESSED!!!
Then the Ride back.. Wow.. make sure your life insurance is pad up for the ride back it was even worse..some of the passenger were screaming because the driver was taking the turns at such a high rate of speed..
I would not recommend this tour at this point in time
We rented a car thru Avis to tour the Grand Cayman by ourselves. We had spent a week here a few years ago and knew our way around, and wanted to show it to our kids. We were disappointed in Avis, they made us walk about 5-6 blocks thru town to a meeting place for a pickup to take us to rent the car. It was over 90 degrees and we had snorkel equipment and backpacks to carry. We finally rented the car and drove to the Turtle Farm. (waste of time!)It was $30/person ($20 for kids)for the little tour and over $45 if you wanted to see the whole farm, which included the lagoon and predator pond (the interesting parts). Our little tour was just tanks with different sized turtles. I thought their prices were way too high for what they had on display. They had one small petting tank where the turtles could be touched. The kids enjoyed chasing the wild iguana they found more than they did the turtle farm.
We left the turtle farm and drove to Cemetary Beach to snorkel. We had been before and snorkeling is okay, but not great. Most of the corral seems to be dead or dying near shore and we weren;'t comfortable going out as far as some groups did. The beach is secluded with no bathrooms, restaurants, etc. I think if we went back, we would go to one of the more popular snorkel beaches instead of Cemetary Beach. We ended up heading back a little early to the ship for lunch because we did not see any restaurants that we were interested in and we did not want to miss the boat back to the ship. We only had contact with a few islanders and they were not as friendly as when we were there a few years ago. I recommend using the tour operators at the exit to the port. There were several there doing private 2-3 hour tours in their taxis/vans for $15/$20 a person. If you have a chance to go to Rum Point, we really enjoyed it there during our last visit but didn't have time for the drive this time.
Gorgeous port of call, especially the beaches. Went to the turtle farm for this excursion. Got to hold the younger turtles...very cute, and you can soothe them by stroking them under their chin when they start flapping their flippers. They also let you swim with turtles and fish in this little lagoon, which was a nice experience...and across the bridge was the shark tank. There was also a freshwater pool, which was a refreshing break after all the saltwater we were used to swimming in.
From there, we went to Seven Mile Beach. Crystal clear, warm water, but it was extremely hot outside. Apply sunscreen VERY liberally while you're here. Spent about two hours at the beach before hopping back on a taxi to catch the last tender back to the cruise.
This was our 3rd trip to this wonderful conservation farm. On our first time we had our picture take with "Timmy" as we named him. On each returning visit we would pick out an aged appropriate turtle and take another picture. This year "Timmy" was a large 3 year old. Another picture for our vacation wall. The lunch that came as part of this excursion was very nice and the single attendant was very friendly. Gifts again were reasonable and the money went to the operation of this worthy cause. A must do excursion!
This was a wonderful stop. The turtles are cute. It's very interactive; you hold them, and stand in the pool with them. GREAT!!
It was entertaining but too long
The Turtle Farm and Stingray City tour was the best excursion I have ever been on. Swimming with the turtles and the stingrays were the highlight of this tour. The staff did a wonderful job and were very informative.
It was nice. Smaller than anticipated and tour shorter than anticipated. Not sure it was the best value.
This was a fun introduction to the Cayman Islands. We had a nice guide and enjoyed interacting with the turtles.