LAST is a nonprofit organization of wildlife experts spanning 40 nations and dedicated to eliminating the risk of extinction of wild sea life, especially sea turtles.
Tour revenue will be invested for the research of endangered animals and providing essential materials for biologists and a temporary rescue center for injured turtles.
Any day by appointment
Adults, Families, Professionals
1 to 10
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Backpack, Camera, Change of clothes, Comfortable shoes for walking, Light shirt, Rain gear, Sandals, Sunscreen lotion, Swimming suit, Water
One kilometer south of the village of La Palma, you will find the LAST research Station on Playa Blanca beach. Take to the ocean by boat. Set turtle-friendly nets in order to catch foraging turtles in the gulf. If a turtle is caught, it is taken for a medical check up, and biometric data is taken from them, including blood samples, weight, and shell measurements, and they are then tagged. Afterwards, help us release these turtles back into the wild.
This was the greatest experience. Every penny went to the cause and the program was run by dedicated and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. The beach was amazing and the local guides were so caring. I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat. Oh and the turtles were adorable too!
Playa Blanca, La Palma, Costa Rica
From San Jose, take the bus to Puerto Jimenez and get off at Playa Blanca.
To realize a future where all inhabitants of the Costa Rican coasts, human and sea turtle alike, can live together in balance; where healthy populations of sea turtles fulfill their ecological roles and economic potential; and critical natural habitats are sustainably managed.
Monitor Osa in-water
Monitor Pacuare Leatherback nesting