Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation

Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation

Price From: 1,495 USD


Operator: SEE Turtles

Price From:  1,495 USD

Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51

Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit

Program duration: 7 days

Trip Dates: 19-05-2019,09-06-2019

Enjoy all that the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica has to offer by taking part in local giant sea turtle conservation efforts by night and explore the flora and fauna of the rainforest by day. You will get the opportunity to join local researchers at a remote research station and help search for leatherback turtles and ensure eggs are moved to the safety of hatching sites.

Turtles will not be your only wildlife encounter; keep your eyes open for sloths, monkeys, and many more in the wildlife-rich jungles. During your time off, explore the area, help clean the beach, or relax in a hammock on the beach!

Photo Credit: Neil Ever Osborne, Hal Brindley, SEE Turtles



Day 1 - Arrive Costa Rica

Our guides pick you up from the airport and take you to La Rosa de America, a comfortable hotel not far from the airport, to get a restful night’s sleep. Meals this first day are not included.

Day 2 - Leatherback Research

After breakfast, board your private bus for a 3 hour ride to the Caribbean. After a 40 min boat ride to the research station, enjoy a turtle presentation and training from our partners who run the turtle conservation program.

Please note that this is a fairly remote and isolated research station. The rooms are very basic and volunteers are expected to participate in cleaning up dishes after meals. The station has limited electricity and no hot water. Bathrooms are shared. Meals are simple and often include rice and beans.

Days 3-5: Turtle Research

For the next four nights, you will spend four hours walking the nesting beach in search of leatherbacks. Tasks include measuring them, moving the eggs to a hatchery (where they are protected), and collecting data. From mid-May to June, you will have a chance to work with hatchlings.

Daytime activities include a boat ride on the rainforest canals to look for wildlife including sloths, monkeys, & caiman, beach clean-ups, or work in the hatchery. 

Day 6 - Central Valley

This morning, after breakfast you'll board the boat back to meet your tour bus and driver. Along the way, you will visit a beautiful butterfly farm and learn about Costa Rica's rainforests. This farm has lots of great photographic opportunities and also serves a delicious lunch.

After lunch, we'll board our bus and return to La Rosa for a celebratory dinner. Along the way, stop at a unique butterfly farm to learn about fascinating insects and other wildlife.

Day 7 - Departure

Return home with a new appreciation for the hard work of conservation and to share your experiences.

Country Fast Facts

Country Fast Facts

Costa Rica

Central America
Official Language(s)
San Jose
4,586,353 (2011 census)
Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna
Major Airport(s):
Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR)
Economic Driver(s):
Tourism, Agriculture, Exports, Energy



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