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Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo

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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Head out into the Cosa Rican night in search of Green Pacific and Olive Ridley sea turtles laying their eggs on Playa Grande. During this evening tour from Tamarindo, you may even see baby turtles hatching, depending on the conditions. National park fees included.
  • Evening tour to Playa Grande turtle nesting ground
  • Watch turtles nest or baby turtles hatch
  • Red light provided help you see the action without disturbing turtles
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Native's Way Costa Rica - Tours and Transfers , 50 meters west of Banco Nacional, Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

6:00 PM @ Native's Way Tamarindo Office Please contact us if you would like to arrange pick up from a different location

6:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and group at the Native's Way tour office, located in front of La Oveja Negra Hostel, just west of the Banco Nacional in downtown Tamarindo. Meeting time is just after sunset. Turtles can be seen year around, but October to April is the peak season for turtle nesting.

Travel to a protected beach, Playa Grande. Once there, climb out and spend time watching nature take its course: Green Pacific and Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs. You may even see Leatherback turtles (very rare) or turtle eggs hatching and babies making their way to the sea. 

Flash photography and flashlights are prohibited, but your guide will use a special red light that does not disturb the turtles. 

At the conclusion of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Native's Way
Leaving just after sunset, you will meet at our office and your guide will take you to a protected beach located 30 minutes away.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Playa Mina
You will have the chance to see Olive Ridley and Green Pacific sea turtles laying their eggs at a series of secluded beaches near Playa Grande. You could possibly see the Leatherback turtles, but it is rare. Due to the sensitive nature of this naturalist tour, the local guides prohibit the use of flashlights or flash on your cameras, but you may take pictures. A special red light will be provided by the guide that does not disturb the turtles. Turtles can be seen year round, November to April is the peak season for turtle nesting.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children age 4 and under
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Native's Way Costa Rica
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo.

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star-5
Beautiful night
Annesa_T
, Mar 2020
Although we were not lucky enough to see the large turtles or any adult ones, our amazing and knowledgeable tour guide Chris managed to find us a nest where some babies were just getting ready to move to the ocean, so we were able to watch and guide them using red light to the ocean. It was pretty spectacular getting to be apart of that natural process and just being on the beach was amazing. THANK YOU SO MUCH Chris and Moses for sharing with us this experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Turtles!
CDB
, Mar 2020
Excellent experience with Juan Carlos. No big turtles but lots of babies emerging from the sand. Well orth the money.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience
mariejoseeguy
, Jan 2019
Unique experience under a star lit sky. We saw two green sea turtles lay eggs. It was a bit treacherous getting to the beach and was a bit of a hike. Photos are allowed but without flash or any light. The guide had a red light to ensure it would not disorientate the turtles. Be ready to sit quietly on the beach for a while. Bring water and wear good shoes!
star-4
We had an incredible and lucky night...
bpaventi
, Apr 2018
We had an incredible and lucky night saw 2 green pacific adults and then found a nest that had been decimated by some predator. Our quide dug out the remaining nest to discover 2 live babies which we escorted to the sea. Watching their struggle and determination to reach the sea was incredible.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
It was a great and very intimate...
Camille L
, Feb 2018
It was a great and very intimate experience. We had a very great and professional guide who went out of his way to offer us the best experience, while remaining extremely respectful of the nature, and concerned about the turtles safety and peace. As the experience takes place at night, requires to be extremely quiet and involve wild and unpredictable animals, I certainly wouldn't recommend this activity for young children, impatient people or tourists who can only enjoy things they can touch or take picture of. We were lucky enough to see two green turtles. The first one as she was heading back to the ocean, the second one as she was digging her nest. But there is absolutely no guarantee you will see anything at all, and you have to be okay with that.
star-4
We were there at the end of the...
snwheaton75
, Apr 2017
We were there at the end of the turtle season so only got to see one turtle but she was amazing! Be sure to check that you are going at a time that is good to see turtles.
star-5
We were fortunate to see a title on...
Jackie
, Jan 2017
We were fortunate to see a title on this tour as Mother Nature is unpredictable and there is a possibility of waiting all night and not seeing a turtle. Guides from other tours were in radio communication with our guide though in case someone found a turtle and then everyone could meet at that spot. Our group actually got to se the turtle come from the water, make her nest and lay her eggs! Truly amazing experience!
star-5
What an adventure in just getting to...
robert
, Jan 2017
What an adventure in just getting to the beach to see the turtle lay its eggs! An inspiring experience! But what made this experience most special was not just the local guides passion for finding a turtle in the dark along miles of beach, but more their passion for preserving and protecting the turtles as they go through the process of birthing baby turtles. Disregard the descriptions that says that you will see babies hatching from their eggs and going out to sea! That is not necessarily true. We watched a turtle lay her eggs, that was amazing in itself, but nature doesn't allow for such a bold assumption. You see what nature decides to serve up! Either way, its worth the experience!
star-5
It was amazing. I will never forget...
Tanya S
, Apr 2016
It was amazing. I will never forget watching the experts take a baby pacific turtle from the nest. He wasn't moving at first and the experts thought he may be blind. But after some coaching they got him to follow the trail the created while the entire group followed him on! It was spectacular.
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Enttäuschend
Fritz_
, Mar 2020
Die Tour war zwar gut organisiert, aber wir haben nur für ca. 20 Sekunden eine Schildkröte am Strand gesehen. Diese hinderte der Guide am Rückzug ins Wasser, damit wir Fotos machen konnten. Wir waren nur an 2 Stränden. Das hat sich nicht gelohnt.

Product code: 17279P11

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