Latin American Sea Turtles: Playa Blanca Animal Tour: Rescue Turtles off a Beach

Playa Blanca Animal Tour: Rescue Turtles off a Beach

La Palma, Costa Rica

Latin American Sea Turtles

Non-profit organization

6 hours
From$125 USDPer person

100% of host revenue is invested back into the local community

LAST is an organization of wildlife experts spanning 40 nations and dedicated to eliminating the risk of extinction of wild sea life, especially sea turtles.

Tour Highlights

  • Go on a boating expedition to capture and release sea turtles and help save their species from extinction.
  • Meet wildlife experts at a pristine beach in Costa Rica for your boating expedition.
  • Help tag, feed, and nurture injured sea turtles.

All funds go towards researching endangered animals and providing essential materials for biologists and a temporary rescue center for injured turtles.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Every day by appointment

  • Start Time

    8 am

  • Duration

    6 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Professionals

  • Languages

    English, Spanish

  • Difficulty

    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

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 10

  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Yes

Tour Description

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.

2 Visitor Reviews

  • June 23, 2016

    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!

  • August 23, 2014

    To experience this amazing nature around us and to work with the fascinating sea turtles is a privilege. The stay with such a lovely Costa Rican family made our time with there unforgettable.

How To Get There

From San Jose, take the bus to Puerto Jimenez and get off at Playa Blanca.

More About Latin American Sea Turtles

Mission

Our vision is 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.

Main Programs

  • Monitor Osa in-water

  • Monitor Pacuare Leatherback nesting