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Turtle Nesting

Visitors will have the opportunity to see a major nesting beach for the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle up close. Tours are at 8PM and 10 PM and are subject to weather. The Costa National Park Service distributes the time slots by lottery. We cannot guarantee departure times.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to imprint what you will experience in your memory because photography is not allowed on this tour.

You will actually stand a few feet from a 300 pound Green Sea Turtle while she lays 80-100 eggs, covers up her nest, perhaps digs a false nest to throw off predators, and, finally, after more than an hour, returns to the sea. Escorted by the best Tortuguero Guides available, you will have the opportunity to see a major nesting beach for the Atlantic Green Sea Turtle up close. There are two, 2-hour tours per night. One leaves at about 8:00 p.m. and the other at 10:00 p.m. As soon as the nesting is over, groups must leave the beach to make way for the next group. Start times are by lottery run by the Park Service and cannot be guaranteed. Groups of up to 10 people gather at one of 6 dispatching points a short boat ride from the hotel, and wait their turn for a tracker who is on the beach with a radio to report a turtle. Then up to five groups (of up to 10 per group) are dispatched per turtle. If it is raining too hard the tour is cancelled and you will receive a full refund.

Price: $58 adult / $46 child.

Who should go on the Turtle Nesting Tour?

Most people in reasonable physical condition can do this tour. However the tour is not for everybody. Partipants need to be able to walk on a dark uneven trail and beach. It can still be scary and tiring. This experience is not for children under 8 years old unless they are unusually brave and hardy.

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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Lodge : 001 (+506) 2709-8034
Office: 1 (800) 672-8704

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

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