Leatherback Turtle Nesting Experience in Tamarindo

Leatherback turtle hatchling
On this excursion, you'll head to the Las Baulas National Marine Park in Playa Grande, where the leatherback turtles have returned to lay their eggs for thousands of years. Leatherback turtles are the largest marine turtles in the world, weighing up to 2,000 pounds and growing up to eight feet long. They are also one of the most endangered, with their numbers rapidly declining in most parts of the world.

Upon arrival, your expert guide will show you around the beach, careful not to disturb the turtles. As you watch them climb ashore to lay their eggs, your guide will share their knowledge about the species and the many challenges they face in their fight for survival.

Leatherback turtles commonly return to Playa Grande only five days a month based on the tides and the phase of the moon, typically between October and March. However, the turtles themselves decide when to come ashore, so the dates are unpredictable. We recommend having some flexibility in your schedule if the turtles disagree with the park's predictions and the tour date has to be adjusted accordingly.

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