Tamarindo

Turtle watching night tours with Expert Naturalist

Badge of ExcellenceTamarindo, Costa Rica
Turtle watching night tours with Expert Naturalist
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Bottled water
    • Flashlights

      Meeting and Pickup

      You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

      Meeting point

      • Discover Tamarindo Travel Agency
        Guanacaste Province, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica

        Nos encontraremos en la puerta de la casa verde

      Pickup points

      Select a pickup point

      Start time

      Opening hours

      • 1/11/2023 - 3/9/2025

        Monday - Sunday : 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

      End point

      This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      Pickup details

      If you are in Tamarindo or Langosta area and your hotel is not listed, please let us know If you are outside of Tamarindo or Langosta area we can set a location to meet

      What To Expect

      Las Baulas National Marine Park

      3 hours Admission Ticket Included

      Additional Info

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Infant seats available
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

      Cancellation Policy

      You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

      • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
      • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
      • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
      • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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      Featured review
      James_B
      Amazing experience. Our guide was a lot more respectful and informative than the other groups around. His patience and knowledge paid off as other groups left the beach and we stayed then 10 minutes later found baby turtles hatching and making their way to sea! All around amazing.

      Reviews

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      Great night tour
      Jennifer_F, Apr 2024
      We loved this tour! We got to both hatchling racing for the water and a momma looking to lay a clutch. Christian was a great guide, very informative and answered all our questions. Highly recommended!
      A pure nature experience
      Merel_K, Apr 2024
      A very intimate and special experience. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the guide was super passionate and knowledgeable.
      Our guide was very...
      Paul_E, Apr 2024
      Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to find some baby turtles for us to witness travelling to the ocean.
      Once in a lifetime experience. Not to be missed!
      Christine_B, Apr 2024
      Amazing- once in a lifetime experience. Our guide, Verny, was awesome. So knowledgeable. His passion for the turtles and genuine love for them was more than evident. The whole experience was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. We witnessed 6 females coming up to nest and even assisted babies to the shoreline walking with red lights in front of them to guide them…of course NO touching!!! Verny guided us through the entire experience, making absolute sure we respected the animals, keeping our distance, remaining absolutely quiet, shuffling our feet and allowing no lights other than Red lights so as not to disturb the mothers as the searched for adequate nesting places. It’s was absolutely amazing.
      Amazing experience
      James_B, Apr 2024
      Amazing experience. Our guide was a lot more respectful and informative than the other groups around. His patience and knowledge paid off as other groups left the beach and we stayed then 10 minutes later found baby turtles hatching and making their way to sea! All around amazing.
      We saw baby turtles.
      sacha_k, Apr 2024
      After being picked up in Tamarindo we stayed 50mns in the bus to reach the beach parking. From there we walked 15 minutes to get to the beach where we followed our guide who was the only one who had an infra red light, the only light allowed there to avoid disturbing the turtles. Then our group was told not to move and to wait for news in the dark. After a while, another group found some baby turtles crossing the beach to get to the ocean. After we were allowed to move, we could see them too and everyone was around these little things struggling in the sand to reach their destination. Finally, we waited some more, looking at the stars hoping to see a mother turtle coming, but with all the kids playing on the beach, nothing happened.
      Experiencing Tamarindo's wild turtles and nesting habitat
      Dianne_B, Apr 2024
      This was our family's first excursion after arriving in Tamarindo and it did not disappoint! The remote beach was a good 30 minute ride from Tamarindo along increasingly remote and rough roads as we approached the beach. Our guide, Christian, was incredibly knowledgeable and his English was impeccable. As we got to the beach a greenback turtle was making her way back to the ocean after laying eggs. After walking a bit Chris pointed out where the turtles were laying eggs. As we were watching, the baby turtles started emerging out of the nest in the sand. This was a great treat for my biologist son!
      Amazing experience
      Kenneth_K, Apr 2024
      Amazing to see baby turtles poke their heads from sand and head to ocean! Make sure you bring a bottle of water - it’s very warm at beach even at night!
      Amazing turtle watching experience
      John_C, Apr 2024
      Cristian did an amazing job coordinating with us, sharing his deep knowledge and finding nests and tracking the turtles to their nesting spots. We saw 2 babies make their journey to the ocean and 3 mothers digging their spots. It was a very worthwhile excursion. Please listen to them on the shoes as there was a lot of hiking in the sandy beach. People who didn’t listen had a much harder time getting around.
      Very Informative
      Chante_C, Mar 2024
      While visiting Tamarindo my children and I wanted to see the sea turtles and their nesting grounds. Our guide was very knowledgable and ensured that we were able to see turtles while respecting the wildlife. It was an enjoyable and enlightening tour.
      Amazing experience....
      Erin_D, Mar 2024
      Amazing experience. Dreamed of a moment like this. Even if we didn’t see turtles the guides especially Christian and the serene environment made it so amazing. We got to see baby turtles go to the ocean and a Mom laying her eggs. You need to do this!!!
      Vermy‘s Knowledge and...
      Nikolai_S, Mar 2024
      Vermy‘s Knowledge and Passion really enhanced this expierience which was already magical on its own.
      Incredible Experience
      Jesse_L, Mar 2024
      An amazing time with a wonderful English-speaking guide. I highly recommend it. We watched babies hatch and a mama lay her eggs.
      A must-do
      Donna_S, Mar 2024
      I volunteered with turtles for two weeks and still had more to learn during this one night excursion. We saw a turtle digging a nest and laying eggs, and it was wonderful.
      Don’t miss it
      Scott_M, Mar 2024
      Highlight of our Costa Rica trip. Saw 8 adult turtles digging nests. Saw two baby turtles hatch and followed them on their trip to the ocean
      Amazing experience 💕
      Helen_A, Mar 2024
      This tour was amazing and was the highlight of our trip. Our tour guide was Bernie and his passion about the turtles is infectious. I liked how respectful he was and he set the rules down before we went on the beach about being quiet and not disturbing the turtles etc. He taught us a lot about the turtles, the survival rates and nesting habits and we were lucky enough to see a turtle coming on to the beach to lay eggs and a few babies making their way to the sea. The tour is advertised from 6pm to 9pm, but we didn’t find anything on the first two beaches we went too. Bernie was really committed trying to find the turtles for us, to give us an amazing experience so we just kept going and we were lucky enough to see activity on the third beach. I wouldn’t recommend this trip for young children or people who just want a photo of a turtle as a lot of patience is needed. This tour is for people who have a genuine passion for sea turtles, who want to learn about them and are willing to spend the time to find them. We finished the tour around midnight. This tour cost a little more than some of the others but it’s worth it, I had read reviews about some other tours where companies didn’t respect the turtles and I didn’t want to be part of that. I felt our presence wasn’t intrusive and I can highly recommend. We also saw a snake and a tarantula on route which was brilliant 😊👍🏻
      Two thumbs up for Reynold! An incredible tour
      Carol_H, Mar 2024
      Discover Tamarindo Nighttime turtle watch on Honda Beach with Reynold was quite an adventure. After our hotel pick-up we travelled by van 45 minutes to the beach. Be ready for a “Costa Rica massage” on the back roads. During the ride Reynold gave us background about the Green Sea Turtles we hoped to see and emphasized our responsibility to support sustainable conservation of these amazing creatures. Of course, any wildlife tour depends on the critter’s cooperation! He explained that it was a privilege to view the hatchlings emerge and the mommas laying eggs. We had to avoid disturbing them. Since they are sensitive to light, we were in the dark most of the time. The guides could use red flashlights only at certain times. We were treated to 3 tiny newborns making their long first steps to the water as soon as we arrived. Wow. After they disappeared into the surf we were asked to be patient. We peeled our eyes looking in the dark for something black coming out of the water and were rewarded after about 20 minutes by a vague shape moving up the beach. Bingo! We had to stay away until she found her spot, cleared it, and dug her pit. After that, she apparently goes into her egg-laying trance, and it is ok to approach quietly from the back. We watched egg after egg drop into the hole she prepared. Then, before she was finished we crept away, astonished to have witnessed this miraculous event. Although they live 1,000 miles away in the Galapagos Islands, they always return to the beach of their birth in Costa Rica to lay their eggs! Definitely 2 thumbs up for Reynold and this tour!
      The Turtle Whisperer
      Raul_R, Mar 2024
      This experience as awesome! Verny did a really great job of educating, communicating, facilitating, and overall engaging the whole experience with everyone! He was translating in both English and Spanish all of his communication for those who didn’t speak English and vice-versa. He was extremely knowledgeable, and was more than welcoming of questions and curiousity and even gave us quiz questions and had us guess some fun facts about turtles before he gave us the answers which was more engaging for us. He is well equipped and super experienced in investigating and researching these turtles. His passion will flow to you! It was an amazing experience, and even though we weren’t as lucky to be blessed by Mother Nature to see the baby hatchlings make their way to the ocean for their first time, we still saw many turtles, up and down the coast, burrowing their eggs and going through the 7 step process! It was an experience I will never forget, and it couldn’t have been so great without Verny. He’s the man, and I would love to this again with him and stay the whole night!
      Turtle tour with Bernie
      Fay_S, Feb 2024
      We saw the nest building, laying of eggs, & hatching. Facinating. The tour ran late because we has to wait nearly 45 minutes for the other vehicle to meet up. It was still awesome
      Great experience!
      Bryan_L, Feb 2024
      Christian have an excellent tour. He shared facts about the turtles and their environment on the way to the beach and then worked tirelessly to find mothers and babies for us to view. He worked hard to ensure the safety of the turtles while still allowing us a chance to view them.

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      up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

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