Leatherback turtle hatchling
Leatherback turtle hatchling

Leatherback Turtle Nesting Experience, Tamarindo

Observe the awe-inspiring arrival of endangered leatherback turtles at Playa Grande, where they have returned to lay their eggs.

Overview

Witness the awe-inspiring arrival of endangered leatherback turtles at Playa Grande, where they have returned to lay their eggs for thousands of years. With an expert guide, you'll observe these magnificent creatures climb ashore to complete their ancient nesting ritual.

Highlights

  • Watch the largest marine turtles in the world, weighing up to 2,000 pounds and growing up to 8 feet long, lay their eggs
  • Learn about the endangered leatherback turtle species and the challenges they face in their fight for survival
  • Explore the stunning Las Baulas National Marine Park in Playa Grande

Know before you go

Duration
3 hours
Recommended for
All ages
Group
Small group

What you'll do

Begin your adventure by heading to Las Baulas National Marine Park in Playa Grande, where you'll meet your expert guide. The tour only operates between October and March when the turtles are arriving, with arrivals commonly happening on only five days a month, based on the tides and moon phase.

Your guide will lead you to the beach where you'll witness the awe-inspiring arrival of the endangered leatherback turtles as they climb ashore to lay their eggs. Your guide will share a wealth of knowledge about these magnificent creatures, including their biology, behavior, and the many challenges they face in their fight for survival.

As you observe the nesting ritual, you'll marvel at the sheer size of these creatures, which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and grow up to 8 feet long. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this incredible experience.

What's included

  • Transportation
  • Bilingual guide