Private Turtle Nesting Expedition with Picnic Dinner(July-October only)
2013 prices (Prices per Person):
Minimum 2 Guests: $259
Minimum 3 Guests: $239
Minimum 4 Guests: $219
Minimum 5 Guests: $199
Duration: 6 hours
IMPORTANT: Be sure to imprint what you will experience in your memory because photography is not allowed on this tour.
After a delicious picnic 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.
You'll depart Tortuga Lodge at approximately 5:00 PM. Come dressed in dark clothing so as not to be visible when walking the beach searching for a nesting turtle.
Your guide will take you south on the one hour boat ride to the Jaloba Ranger Station in Tortuguero National Park. On the way your guide will stop so you can take in the sights - as many creatures make their way to their homes for the night and others begin to wake and forage.
Your Turtle Celebration Picnic
Picnic basket that includes
After dinner, finding your turtle
After dinner, your private guide will take you on a 10 minute boat ride to the mouth of the Jaloba River where you will disembark and begin to walk the beach.
Your guide will first 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. That is very important because flashlights scare the turtles and are not allowed. 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.
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 our leading lady coming up 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.
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 the ocean.
Your little private group can stay on the beach until 10pm, when the park service requires that we leave the beach. You might want to watch another turtle. You can take in more experiences…
You'll experience the turtles on the deserted beach, the night, the stars, the tracks of other forest creatures that came to hunt turtles, and the luminescence of the waves. You may pinch yourself to make sure it's not a dream.
You might get back to the lodge around 11pm.