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  • Msitu Women’s Group

    Msitu Women’s Group

    In a half acre plot, thousands of different indigenous and exotic trees and plants are growing in a nursery located near the Mombasa Malindi highway. This nursery is as a result of hard work, perseverance and dedication of 11 women.

  • LOT Heroes - Mzee Mohammed Shariff

    LOT Heroes - Mzee Mohammed Shariff

    Recently, our Watamu Community Liaison Officer, Athman, was in Malindi to visit an old man who has a very special relationship with Watamu Turtle Watch. The old man’s son had earlier come to bring greetings from his father to Athman, with whom he has worked together and has a long standing friendship.

  • Darakasi Young Fishermen

    Darakasi Young Fishermen

    A group of 30 spirited young fishermen in Darakasi were inspired by the efforts of Watamu Young Fishermen and decided to approach our Watamu Community Liaison Officer for help.

  • Let's Talk Turtles!

    Let's Talk Turtles!

    Two months of nothing to do. Nothing except sit on the sofa, drink tea and be totally and utterly bored. This is what I had to look forward to for my long Christmas holiday, but instead of accepting this I decided that I needed a project. This is where Watamu Turtle Watch comes in!

  • A Special Nest

    A Special Nest

    In the early morning hours of the 16th March 2015 a female Olive Ridley turtle scrambled up Watamu beach to lay her eggs.

    This is an event worth noting as very special as the vast majority of nests in this area are laid by Green Turtles. The last Olive Ridley nesting we encountered through our Nest Monitoring and Protection Programme was back in April 2013. Out of over 600 nests we have recorded through this programme since 1997, just 18 have been laid by Olive Ridleys.

Watamu Turtle Watch and Local Ocean Trust

Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources.

Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endagered sea turtles.


Business Hours

If you've found a turtle or a nest please call +254 713 990823
You can contact our office on +254 713 759627
Our centre is open to visitors:
Mon 14.00 - 16.00
Tues - Fri 09.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00
Sat 09.30 - 12.00
Sun - closed

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