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Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo

  • 4-hour evening tour to Playa Grande turtle nesting ground
  • Peak season from April to October, but turtles can be seen all year around
  • View Olive Ridley, Pacific Green, and even Leatherback sea turtles (rare)
Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo
From US$40.00
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Night Turtle Nesting Tour from Tamarindo
From US$40.00
Head out into the Cosa Rican night in search of Green Pacific and Olive Ridley sea turtles laying their eggs on Playa Grande. During this 4-hour evening tour from Tamarindo, you may even see baby turtles hatching, depending on the conditions. National park fees included.
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at the Native's Way tour office, located in front of La Oveja Negra Hostel, just west of the Banco Nacional in downtown Tamarindo. Meeting time is at 6pm, just after sunset. Turtles can be seen year around, but October to April is the peak season for turtle nesting.
Travel to a protected beach, Playa Grande, approximately 30 minutes away via tour vehicle. Once there, climb out and spend time watching nature take its course: Green Pacific and Olive Ridley turtles laying their eggs. You may even see Leatherback turtles (very rare) or turtle eggs hatching and babies making their way to the sea. 
Flash photography and flashlights are prohibited, but your guide will use a special red light that does not disturb the turtles. 
At the conclusion of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.
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Reviews (16)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great experience!

We where only two People on the tour that night, so our guide picked us up in a normal 5 seat car and drove us to the Beach. We stopped at a supermarked so that We could buy something to drink, and We had a...More

Thank piavictoria
Reviewed 1 week ago
AMAZING Turtle Nesting evening

Our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the habitat and behaviors of the turtles. Their organization, attitude, timeliness and overwhelming kindness made this adventure fantastic/beyond expectations. We saw two kinds of huge turtles. We experienced a turtle laying eggs on a nearly deserted beach, with waves...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Venture716886
Reviewed 30 May 2018
Good tours offered, but they really need to work on their organization!

We pre-booked 2 tours with Native’s Way prior to arriving in-country in February: the turtle nesting tour and the Tamarindo Estuary tour. If we had to do all over again, we’d choose a different tour company. Communication via email about where to meet for the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Pam P
Reviewed 4 April 2018
Quite a treat

This was a longer activity than expected. The trip to and from the location was about 1 hour each way from central Tamarindo, surprising considering it's pretty close as the crow flies. We spent about 3 hours on the beach watching the turtles, which were...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank PaulInBellevue
Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile
Not a great tour

Not super impressed with this tour. From the moment we got in the bus, the guide started telling us that we probably wouldn’t see turtles because the moon wasn’t clear enough. He did not have enough flashlights for everyone in the group. None of the...More

1  Thank Joe T
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