WHAT MAKES OUR
WE WANT YOU TO HAVE AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.
This is why we offer a comprehensive tour experience, taking care of all the details so that you can learn and enjoy with no need to worry about anything.
We hope you had an amazing experience learning about sea turtles and the arribada. At the end of your tour, receive a gift bag which includes: reusable bag, sticker and Certificate of Visitation. Additional merchandise for sale.
DAY ONE: BOAT EXCURSION
& SEA TURTLES
After breakfast, head out on a boat excursion to observe sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean. Snorkel on a secluded beach. Enjoy a Costa Rican lunch with a fantastic view. On your way down the coast, learn about the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Visit a sea turtle hatchery. Enjoy a free afternoon in Nosara.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Enjoy a relaxing Costa Rican breakfast. Afterward, learn about technology used for scientific research and initiatives to protect the Refuge. Enjoy the sites in Nosara in the afternoon before our goodbye dinner at La Luna restaurant in Playa Pelada. Enjoy a Costa Rican dinner at the day's end.
DAY TWO: CONSERVATION &
Take a morning stroll down the beach. Learn how to identify tracks to monitor sea turtle nesting activity with a local sea turtle project. Enjoy a free afternoon in paradise. At night, observe nesting turtles first-hand during a walking tour at Ostional Beach.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Dive deeper with a immersive 3 day educational expedition. Head out on a boat excursion to observe sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean. Learn about marine life such as dolphins and manta rays. Stop at a shipwreck to snorkel and learn about coral reef ecosystems. Visit a sea turtle hatchery. Learn how to identify tracks to monitor sea turtle nesting activity with a local sea turtle project. Learn about technology used for scientific research and initiatives to protect the Refuge. Observe sea turtles at different stages of their life cycle with a sea turtle expert. Witness a remarkable natural phenomenon, where thousands of sea turtles nest simultaneously in an event called an arribada. Learn about the research and community initiatives to protect the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Experience pura vida (pure life) with Costa Rican lunch and dinner. Book a tour and we’ll take care of the rest.
Download our WCA Dive Deeper Expeditions brochure to learn more.
Thousands of Turtles Tours is temporarily suspended until 2021 due to COVID-19.
Please contact us to confirm actual tour times.
THOUSANDS OF TURTLES TOURS
Duration: 2 hours
Tour times may vary.
BLUE SEAS TOURS
Tour duration: 4 hrs (7-11 am)
Tour duration: 3 days (8am–4pm)
RULES & REGULATIONS
Sea turtle tour groups are limited to 9 visitors per guide.
White lights are strictly prohibited on the beach at night.
Only tour guides are allowed to use a red light.
Flash photography is strictly prohibited.
Touching or handling sea turtles, hatchlings, and eggs is strictly prohibited.
TIPS FOR TURTLE TOURS
Please arrive at least 15-20 minutes early.
Wear comfortable, dark clothing.
Wear closed toed shoes.
Bring rain gear (May-November).
We strongly encourage you to leave your camera and cell phone at home (or in your pocket).
Research shows you will have a more memorable experience this way.
REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS
Learn more about our payments, refunds and cancellation policy.
HOW IT WORKS
THE ARRIBADA IS A NATURAL PHENOMENON THAT CANNOT BE PREDICTED. OUR BOOKING PROCESS INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD THAT YOU WILL SEE THE TURTLES.
BOOK A TOUR
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Pick your preferred tour date.
Enter a date range to join the waiting list.
BOOK A TOUR NOW. WE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.
When you book with us, you will pick a tour date and also enter a range of dates for which you are available to see the arribada. You will be added to a waiting list for the full duration of this date range. We will do our best to book your tour on the day requested, weather and turtles permitting.
Once the arribada is confirmed, you will automatically get placed into a tour group and receive confirmation of your tour date and time. In the case that an arribada does not occur within your date range, you can choose to either go on a solitary turtle tour or get a full refund.
WAIT LIST & EMAIL CONFIRMATION
You will receive a confirmation email.
Your tour is confirmed.
You will receive arribada event info closer to your tour date.
Your tour is confirmed.
Arribada event is confirmed.
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
ARRIBADA DOESN'T OCCUR
Your tour is confirmed.
Arribada event is not confirmed.
Solitary turtle tour or a full refund.
Our work is made possible by generous donors. Donate to the cause and help us ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge.
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