Help a Community-Based Sea Turtle Conservation Project on the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica


The programme’s site at Río Oro beach offers volunteers the opportunity to protect one of the most significant nesting habitats on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Over 4000 Olive Ridley and Green sea turtles visit the beach each year, and the area is a untouched and secluded wilderness paradise! Volunteers are virtually guaranteed to see turtles nesting, and often they will see dozens during their stay. The Río Oro site is located on the unsealed road between Puerto Jiménez and Carate (the … [Read more...]

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Ostional Beach & the “Arribadas”


The project works directly with the Olive Ridley turtles nesting in Ostional and our volunteers will frequently  be lucky enough to witness first hand the seldom-seen spectacular biological event of the arribadas – one of nature’s genuine wonders. Thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles exit the sea simultaneously, bumping into and crawling over each other as they attempt to ascend the beach to lay their eggs. Initially a few hundred turtles arrive, followed by a steady stream of females for the … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Sea Turtle Conservation


The aim of the project is to help protect and preserve some natural nesting sites that do not hold an official category of protection from the Costa Rican Government.  Four different species of sea turtles frequent the Pacific coast of Costa Rica - Lora (Olive rRdley), Negra (Green Turtle), Carey (Hawksbill) and Baula (Leatherback Turtle). These species are in danger of extinction as a result of various human activities such as infrastructure development, light pollution, transportation of … [Read more...]

Cocos Island Sea Turtle & Shark Research Expedition


Join a research expedition to Cocos Island and work alongside scientists to research sea turtle and shark populations and migration at one of the world’s premiere scuba diving sites to see hammerhead sharks and a myriad of large marine species. Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica is known worldwide as an ocean haven for spectacular sharks, rare sea turtles, whales and abundant marine wildlife.  These trips offer some of the most spectacular opportunities to view and photograph the … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Leatherback Volunteer Vacation


Spend 4 nights working with giant leatherback turtles at the Pacuare Research Station along the northern Caribbean coast. Patrol nesting beaches at night and relax and explore the rainforest during the day. The turtle work includes helping to measure the turtles, collect the eggs and move them to hatcheries, and working with hatchlings (June date). Spend the downtime hanging out on the beach or in a hammock, helping to clean the beach, or exploring the surrounding area. This trip is open to … [Read more...]

Safeguarding Whales and Dolphins in Costa Rica


Golfo Dulce, a narrow inlet on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, provides a great habitat for whales and dolphins. It remains quite pristine, since many of the tourists who visit Costa Rica each year haven’t discovered it yet; giving us a chance to conduct baseline surveys and to see what the ecosystem needs to remain healthy.  By tracking the distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Golfo Dulce, we can make sure that we have the information that we need to protect them when tourism … [Read more...]

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica

Hawksbill Sea Turtle/Carey de Concha

Travel to Costa Rica's Tortuguero National Park and help protect endangered sea turtles. Assist with the monitoring of endangered green turtles and critically endangered hawksbill and leatherback turtle species, contributing to the long-term conservation of these species while you develop research skills and gain an understanding of the region's rainforest and its ecosystem. Go to Global Vision International's website to find out more about this project. … [Read more...]

Costa Rican Sea Turtles

Leatherback Turtle Flickr Image U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceGM

Help this dedicated team study the behavior of adult and newly hatched turtles, their migratory routes, and how human activities and pollution impact them. Only by gathering a trove of data on these ancient creatures can we fully understand the dramatic decline of leatherbacks in the Pacific Ocean and the population dynamics of marine turtles in general. Go to Earthwatch’s website to find out more about this project. … [Read more...]