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Nighttime Turtle Watching

Our Gandoca Nighttime Turtle Watching will give you the opportunity to travel through time! Go back to the beginning of evolution, represented by the nesting of these live fossils.

Spot a Leatherback

The leatherback turtle is the biggest turtle in the world. It can be as large as 2 meters long and weigh 650 kg! In this unforgettable night walk along the Gandoca Beach and you will experience a different perspective of this spectacular experience. You will observe these mothers in the important work of laying eggs. You will also learn important things about the natural history of these special animals in danger of extinction. Help us with the protection of sea turtles!

The trip starts with pickup at your hotel and transportation to the small remote village of Gandoca. At the end of the trip, you are brought back to your hotel.

Please remember that these living animals are free. We cannot guarantee that you will see turtles during the tour. Also, please note that neither flashlights nor photography are permitted on the beach in turtle nesting areas. They disorient the turtles!

Don’t Take Our Word for It

I believe we were very lucky and actually saw two leatherback turtles on the beach laying eggs which was amazing! We could have seen a third one if we could have stayed awake long enough!
- Claire from London, UK

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Tour information:

Departures: Daily at 7:00 PM
This is a seasonal tour, generally from March - June.
Duration: 6 hours
Cost per person: Adults: $85, Children: $62
There is a minimum of 2pax for this tour.

Transportation includes pickup from hotels in Puerto Viejo area. An additional charge of $15 per person applies for pickups in Cahuita,Playa Chiquita,Punta Uva and Manzanillo
Cost without transportation is $55.00 for adults, $30.00 for children - choose pickup city Gandoca on booking tab and pickup point "office".
This is a night-time trip to a remote location, this option is only recommended if you are accompanied by someone very familiar with the area.
What to bring: Hiking shoes (you will be in the jungle and on the beach so flip-flops are not recommended), dark colored clothing, long pants, insect repellent
Location: Includes pickup and return to your hotel, or: choose Gandoca as pickup city if you wish to make your own way to/from Gandoca and meet guide there

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Nighttime Turtle Watching - Booking Form

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Terms and conditions
  1. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip. For last minute bookings please check availability first.
  2. Cancellation charges vary by the provider, please contact us for details.
  3. Most services run daily unless they have reached capacity on your date or have not reached a minimum number of persons required for the service to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or promptly refund your payment, less bank fees.
  4. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe, so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  5. Should your plans change and you need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you at another time or refund your money according to our terms & conditions.
  6. The client is responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your arrangement and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to re-accommodate you.
  7. For arrangements within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. We also recommend to have a printed version of your flight ticket, to proof that you will leave the country. Border crossing fees may apply.
  8. Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice are non-refundable.
  9. Cancellations of single bookings will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges). Changes of dates or times may be possible without a fee depending on availability or vendor policy; otherwise the cancellation fee will apply.
  10. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  11. Cancellations must be made in writing.
  12. No shows are subject to a 100% penalty.
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Nighttime Turtle Watching - Terms and Conditions

  1. Full payment is required at the time of reservation to secure your spot. We will email you a confirmation so you will be fully paid up on the day of your trip. For last minute bookings please check availability first.
  2. Cancellation charges vary by the provider, please contact us for details.
  3. Most services run daily unless they have reached capacity on your date or have not reached a minimum number of persons required for the service to operate. If we are unable to accommodate you on your chosen date, we will, at your option, either reschedule your date or promptly refund your payment, less bank fees.
  4. Tours will depart daily regardless of weather unless conditions would make it unsafe, so please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  5. Should your plans change and you need to make changes, we will work with the supplier to either accommodate you at another time or refund your money according to our terms & conditions.
  6. The client is responsible for any fees charged by the vendor as they have committed resources to your arrangement and may have more restrictive policies. The more notice you give us, the more likely we will be able to re-accommodate you.
  7. For arrangements within Costa Rica please always make sure to carry a copy of your valid passport and your last entry stamp with you. For day and multi-day trips that involve border-crossing you must carry your valid passport and a copy of it with you at all times. We also recommend to have a printed version of your flight ticket, to proof that you will leave the country. Border crossing fees may apply.
  8. Cancellations with less than 72 hours notice are non-refundable.
  9. Cancellations of single bookings will incur a $15 cancellation fee (plus any bank or vendor charges). Changes of dates or times may be possible without a fee depending on availability or vendor policy; otherwise the cancellation fee will apply.
  10. Cancellations are subject to bank imposed fees which are generally 3% to 5% of the amount. Or we will be happy to apply your payment to another service.
  11. Cancellations must be made in writing.
  12. No shows are subject to a 100% penalty.