Kelonia, Saint-Leu

4.2
#1 of 64 in Parks in Reunion Island
Observe various species of marine turtles at Kelonia, a former turtle ranch turned public aquarium. The descriptions are mostly in French, so it is worth taking an English audio guide to learn more about these ancient sea reptiles, including their migratory and mating habits. Discover the many ways that people used their shells in the past, before they became endangered. Apart from the aquarium, this turtle center rehabilitates injured and sick turtles, conducts research programs, and organizes educational workshops. Make your Saint-Leu itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • I visited with my one year old son and my mother and we all loved it! We didn't do the tour but she looked nice.
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  • Visit this interesting care center by a healer/guide passionate about his work. We were able to learn a lot and observe the different turtles present on site. However, we were embarrassed by the presence of a sheller in the centre even though the stock of scales used predates its ban.
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  • Great visit. Very informative. Recommend getting an audio guide or use the guided tour instead to get the best from the day.
  • Definitely one of my favourite places in Réunion. It's not just an aquarium, it's far more like a sanctuary. It was incredibly informative and interesting to learn about turtles and their life cycles and difficulties. It is wonderful to see so much emphasis on the conservation of such beautiful creatures and how well they are looked after at Kélonia. I can't wait to go back.
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