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Rekawa beach in Sri Lanka

Things to do in Tangalle

Rekawa Beach, stretching over 10 km from Tangalle Bay, commences at the lagoon bearing its name near Marakolliya village and concludes at the Kalametiya natural reserve. The beach is characterised by its expansive sandy shores, although the high waves make it less suitable for swimming.

Renowned as a prime location for observing endangered sea turtles in Sri Lanka, Rekawa Beach stands out as an exceptional natural habitat for these marine creatures. Visitors to Rekawa have the unique opportunity to witness the age-old ritual of sea turtles arriving onshore to lay their eggs.

Discover the Marine Wonders of Rekawa Beach

Rekawa Beach, a renowned destination in Australia, is a haven for five distinct species of sea turtles. These magnificent creatures frequent the beach to lay their eggs in the sands, a natural spectacle that occurs nightly throughout the year. The species that grace Rekawa Beach include:

  • 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)

The period from January to April, especially during Full Moon days, is considered the prime time for turtle watching. The turtles are more likely to venture onto the shore under the glow of moonlight, with brighter moonlight increasing the chances of witnessing these majestic sea turtles.

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