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Half Day
Availability : May - November
Santa Rosa National Park
Min Age : All Ages


The Giant Sea Turtle Tour is a transformative experience. Experience a rare event where turtles lay thousands of eggs in the sand.

Tour Photos

Gian Loggerhead Sea Turtle agains a glorious Costa Rican sunset
Giant Loggerhead SeaTurtle lumbers up the shore to nest
baby leatherback sea turtles emering from their nest and running furiously to the ocean
Baby leatherbacks emerging from their nest
Baby Loggerhead sea turte poses for the camera
Baby sea turtles are so cute!
Giant sea turtle returning to the ocean at dawn
Sea turtle returning to the ocean after a hard night of egg-laying.
Moments after birth, baby leatherback sea turtles instinctively sprint across the sand as they head for the safety of the ocean
Baby leatherback sea turtles sprinting for the ocean

Tour Description

The Giant Sea Turtle Tour is a transformative experience. You will learn much about this mysterious creature that looks like it stepped off the set of Jurassic Park. For example, did you know that Sea Turtles are some of the most threatened animals on the planet? They have to face numerous dangers (most of them “man-made”) along their journey thousands of miles through the ocean and back to the beach where they were born to finally be able to lay their own eggs in the sand. You won’t believe how HUGE these creatures are — seriously, they look like dinosaurs!

A serrated beak helps these herbivores tear through vegetation. Their shells, which are lighter and more hydrodynamic than those of terrestrial turtles, allow them to glide easily through the water, while flippers enable them to swim long distances. Male sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea, but females return to the same beaches they were born on, once every two years or so, to lay eggs.

In Costa Rica there are a couple of protected beaches where still an ancient wonder takes place: At a specific moon phase every month in the rainy season, tens of thousands of sea turtles come ashore on a single beach during 3-4 days only to lay millions of eggs in the sand.

Seeing the giant sea turtle tour is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime!

Once the sun goes down, we will walk out on the beach with the local park ranger to see the giant nesting females. The giant sea turtle tour takes place at night. It will be pitch dark, but we will be given red light flashlights which are invisible to the turtles but will enable us to see. Why red flashlights you ask? The answer might surprise you, read on.

Thousands of years ago, there was no civilization at all on these shores. When the giant leatherback sea turtles found their way to this shore at dark, there was no light to be seen. So they would lumber up without being seen and secretly deposit their eggs above the high tide line. So nowadays, if a turtle makes the trek to these shores but sees light, it gets confused and thinks it is on the wrong shore, so it turns and heads back out to sea. The eggs then become non-viable and are absorbed by the body. This is why the Costa Rican governments prohibit any development along the shores of their nesting grounds.

We can only book the tour at a short notice since the turtle’s timing is fairly unpredictable, but we receive constant updates from the park rangers who let us know once there is an increase in activity a few days in advance of the “Arribada”.

What is Included?

  • Visit of National Park w/ mass nesting of Green Sea Turtles
  • Guided Tour
  • Entrance Fees
  • Bilingual Guide & Transportation w/ AC

What is Excluded?


Know Before You Go

  • This tour is confirmed on SHORT NOTICE only
  • This is a HALF-DAY tour
  • Driving time from Flamingo: 1:45hrs (PICKUP usually 2pm)
  • All Ages!
  • Minimum Attendance: 4 persons