FAQ's

How many turtles has the farm actually released into the ocean?

31,018

Where is Cayman Turtle Farm?

 

Cayman Turtle Farm is located on the Northwest tip of Grand Cayman in the district of West Bay, just 8 miles from George Town. On the way, visitors are treated to the scenic vista of the world-famous Seven Mile Beach as well as authentic Caymanian architecture.

 

How long has the farm has been in operation?

The farm has been in operation from the year 1968.

How many turtles does the Farm have?

7,000

I'm a cruise ship passenger. How do I avail of a tour?

Grand Cayman allows a maximum of 6,000 cruise ship visitors daily, which means there can be as many as three to five ships at one time. Being one of the most popular ports of call in the Caribbean, there is at least one cruise ship in port on most days.

The cruise lines most frequently seen calling in the Cayman Islands include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

All ships call at the capital of George Town in Grand Cayman. As there is no cruise ship dock, all ships anchor off shore and visitors are brought ashore by tenders. Whilst on board the ship, passengers are given a variety of choices pertaining to available activities to do during their day in Grand Cayman. This includes excursions to the Turtle Farm. Cayman Turtle Farm dispatchers and buses will be waiting at the cruise terminal for those on pre-booked excursions. Pricing and information on the shore excursions can be found here.

I have no pre-booked tour. How do I get to and from Cayman Turtle Farm?

 

Taxis: Taxis are readily available from the taxi stand at resorts, the cruise ship dock and Owen Roberts International Airport. They offer a fixed rate per vehicle or per person. The cost of a taxi from George Town to the Cayman Turtle Farm is CI$16.00/ US$20.00 for up to three people (subject to change).

Buses: Visitors may also opt to take the official public bus transportation system first launched in October 1998. The new bus terminal is located adjacent to the Public Library on Edward St. in downtown George Town and serves as the dispatch point for buses to all districts.

There are 38 mini-buses operated by 24 licensed operators, serving eight routes. Daily service starts at 6:00 am from the depot to West Bay every 15 minutes and the schedule is as follows:

Route

Colour Code

Time

Fare

Route 1 
(Directly to Cayman Turtle Farm)

Yellow

6:00am - 11:00pm 
Sunday - Thursday

CI $2.00

Route 2

Lime Green

6:00am - Midnight 
Friday & Saturday

CI $2.00 
Plus Extra CI $1.00 to Stop at the Turtle Farm

To maintain consistency in fares, each bus must display a fare table outlining standard government-authorized fares. The hotline number for public comment and feedback is 945-5100.

Limousine Services: There are several private limousine services on Grand Cayman for special events and airport transfers.

Rental Cars: Rental cars can be pre-booked before arriving in Grand Cayman. This is advisable during our busy winter season. Most cars can be picked up at the airport or driven to your hotel. Cayman has one of the Caribbean's most extensive modern fleets of rental cars at competitive rates, and many feature right hand drive.

In addition, most rental jeeps and vans are right hand drive, left hand stick shift. Driving is on the left side of the road throughout the Cayman Islands and it is the law to wear seat belts. Visitors must obtain temporary drivers' licenses from the car rental agency, easily granted upon presenting a valid drivers' license from their home state, county or parish.

You must be 21 to rent a car in the Cayman Islands, and some rental agencies' insurance will not cover renters under 25. Check with your rental company in advance to determine.

How many turtles are in the Breeding Pond (“Breeding Pond”)?

A Total of 362, Detail by sex: 292 Females and 70 Males.

What is the difference between a female and a male turtle?

The males have a longer tail than the females.

Can you distinguish the sex in young turtles?

You cannot distinguish the sex just by looking at them. The sex can only be distinguished in green sea

turtles at about nine years of age and older.

At what age is a turtle considered an adult?

In the wild, turtles take 15-20 years to reach sexual maturity. In our Farm they can begin laying fertile eggs as young as 10 years old.

What is the breeding season for green sea turtles?

From May to the early part of October each year.

How many eggs can a female green sea turtle lay?

A female turtle can lay 80-120 eggs at a time, in a single nest which is a hole they dig deep into the sand on

the beach. They may lay as often as 10 times in one season.

How long do the turtle eggs take to hatch?

About 50-60 days.

How long can a turtle hold its breath?

When it is active it will breathe air about every 15 minutes, and when it is sleeping it can hold its breath for up

to 12 hours.

Why are these turtles called “green turtles” when they have brown and black shells?

it is because their body fat is a dark green color, which is a result of its daily diet and its genetic composition.

At what age does the Farm harvest the turtles for meat?

Between 4 and 6 years old (50-80 pounds; 20-40 kilos)

How does the farm help the conservation of the green sea turtles in the wild?

The Farm sells turtle meat to local restaurants and individuals, which removes the incentive to poach turtles from the ocean.  The farm also participates in research that benefits the understanding and care of turtles in the wild as well as in captivity; over 100 of those research papers have been published or presented.  In addition each year the farm releases captive-bred turtles to help replenish the wild population, and female turtles released over two decades ago are now coming back to nest on Cayman’s beaches.

Why are green sea turtles called “Buffalos of the Sea”?

Because these turtles graze the sea grass beds like subaqueous Buffalos.

What are the white marks on the necks of the turtles?

They are scars from scratches and bites which is normal behavior in the turtles; this can happen in the Farm or in the ocean. This does not damage the heavy underlying skin of the turtles.

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