Standard Turtle Nesting
(July - October Only)
Duration: 2-3 hours
2013 - $43
IMPORTANT: Be sure to imprint what you will experience in your memory because photography is not allowed on this tour.
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 and the National Park Service Lottery, which determines who can go.
Standard Night Time Turtle Walk
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. Start times are by lottery run by the Park Service and cannot be guaranteed. Groups of up to 10 people gather at a dispatching point within 15 minutes of 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.
The low cost “Standard” Turtle Tour
There are many disadvantages of the Standard Tour. So why do we offer it at all?
We can only offer the Private Expeditions to one group each day. Hopefully, your party will reserve fast enough to be included during your stay.
If you don't reserve fast enough to get in on the Private Expedition, we wanted you to have a fall-back opportunity, since seeing a nesting turtle at all is such a special experience.
The only advantage of the Standard Turtle Tour is extremely low cost.
But there are all the following disadvantages…
The disadvantages of the Standard Turtle Tour
1. Instead of your private group of up to only 8 people gathered around the turtle, you'll be with a group of up to 50 people.
2. Only on a Private Expedition will each person be able to have an up close and personal connection. That makes for an intense, memorable experience you can't get from a picture, a video, or the standard large group tour.
3. Only your Private Turtle Nesting Expedition group will have a one hour boat ride to an isolated stretch of sand that you'll have virtually to yourselves. That's far more conducive to seeing turtles and their entire experience.
4. Also, the elegant Turtle Celebration Gourmet Dinner or Picnic is not included in the Standard Tour.
How the Standard Turtle Tour assembles…
Groups of up to 10 people gather at a dispatching point within 15 minutes of 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.
As soon as the nesting is over, groups must leave the beach to make way for the next group. There are 2 sessions per night assigned by the park service: 8pm to 10 pm, and 10pm to midnight. Participants cannot choose their session.
Participants who have not seen a turtle by the end of their session have to wait until the next night to try again.
Therefore, our recommendation is…
If you can get a reservation for one of the Private Turtle Nesting Expeditions instead, we recommend you do so. It's in another league. The deeper firsthand experience and lifetime memories are worth it.
This opportunity is limited to a very few people in Costa Rica - locals and travelers “in the know.”
But do go on one of the Turtle Adventures for sure.↑ Back to top