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Private Boutique Gourmet Dinner

From Oxford Online Dictionary: "Boutique [Adjective] Small and offering products or services of a high quality to a
small number of customers."

After dinner under the stars, walk on a secluded beach to observe sea turtle nesting. Reserve early, this is a private tour with limited availability. Maximum of 8 guests. Available July to October only.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to imprint what you will experience in your memory because photography is not allowed on this tour. Come dressed in dark clothing so as not to be visible when walking the beach searching for a nesting turtle.

An hour before you depart Tortuga Lodge at approximately 5:00 PM, the boat carrying your restaurant, cook and wait staff has already left the hotel. As the late tropical afternoon fades into night, look for your restaurant on one of the river banks.

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After dinner, on the river bank, walk half a mile on a local farm trail to the beach where your search for nesting turtles begins.

Before you get to the beach, your guide will ask you to stand still and close your eyes for several minutes. When you open them again, your eyes will have gotten used to the darkness and you will be ready to begin your walk on the beach. Taking the time to get used to the darkness is important because flashlights scare the turtles and are not allowed.

Once you’re on the beach, how long you walk depends on how quickly you find a turtle, you might see one within 5 minutes and you might have to walk for 45 minutes or more. When you are ready, walk back to the dock (another half mile) for the 1 hour boat ride back to the lodge.

While your primary objective is to witness the nesting process of the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle, you will also have the opportunity to observe the stars in the Caribbean sky, the bioluminescence on the waves, and if you're really lucky you may see a sign of jaguar coming to the beach in search of turtle as well. It's not unusual to find their tracks in the sand. (Yes, it's safe.)

Once you or your guide spots the turtle crawling up the beach to lay her eggs, you will sit on the beach waiting for her to find a spot that has just the right location and texture of sand. When she is satisfied, she will begin to dig and when her nest cavity has reached the depth she requires she will begin to lay her eggs. It is not until the laying of her eggs has begun that you will be able to approach her. At that point she enters a trance and is no longer disturbed by anything. Quietly you will kneel near her and observe this inspiring process, while she lays 80-100 eggs.

Flipper tracks are the only sign left by the previous night’s visitors, but you will have been there to watch her.

Once she is done, she will slowly begin to cover up and compact her nest. She will then turn and laboriously make her way back to ocean.


With 2 participants: $380. With 4 participants: $329.
With 3 participants: $349. With 5-8 participants: $288

Maximum number of participants 8 per night. This is a fully private experience. No one else will be added to your group.

Who should go on the Private Nesting Tour?

The Private Nesting Tour is not for everyone.

Walking for two hours or more on the beach in the dark can be scary and tiring. Though we will cancel the tour and refund the full price if we think it will be raining too hard for too long a time for the experience to be worth it, it is a common occurrence for their to be torrential rain at sometime during the tour. This could happen when you are on the beach an hours walk from the boat. Anybody in normal physical shape and a sense of adventure can take part in this tour. If what my friend Richard Bangs calls, “the unfathomable shadows where the wild things are,” resonates with you, if you are seeking a sense of awe and even vulnerability, don’t miss this experience. But be prepared to be uncomfortable at some point and quite tired when you get back to Lodge.

This experience is not for children under 11 years old unless they are unusually brave and hardy.

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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Lodge : 011 (+506) 2709-8136
Office: 011 (+506) 2521-6099

Across from the airstrip 1 mile north of the Town of Tortuguero, Tortuguero, Costa Rica.

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