Sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica

Bataan, Matina, Costa RicaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Adventure hosted by Last

3 days, Hosted in English and Spanish

What you'll do

Help trained researchers patrol the beach in Pacuare to look for nesting adult female turtles.

If we find a turtle, we’ll take biometric data from her before collecting the eggs from her nest and taking them back to the safe hatchery. We aim to relocate 100% of the nests we find in order to avoid poaching, predation, and erosion. Be prepared to walk 14km (8.7 miles) round trip on the beach during our shift.

This is a social impact trip where 100% of what you pay goes to the Latin American Sea Turtles Association (LAST).
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What's included

  • Accommodations
    2 nights in an other, 1 night in a cabin
  • Transportation
    1 boat ride
  • Food
    2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches

Your itinerary

  • Day 1

    45-minute boat ride from Batán to Pacuar
    Arrive at Pacuare, learn to collect nesting data, then patrol for nesting turtles at night
  • Day 2

    Hatchery Shift
    Monitoring the nests in incubation
  • Day 3

    Night patrol
    Look for nesting adult female turtles on the beach, then relocate eggs to the hatchery. Departure early on day 4

Meet your Host, Last

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 5 Reviews
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LAST (Latin American Sea Turtles) Association is a Costa Rican NGO working to make a change in sea turtle conservation. Our field teams are integrated by local assistants with unparalleled experience in sea turtle research and conservation, people with vast experience working with volunteers and environmental enthusiasts developing creative strategies to avoid the extinction of these species.
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About the organization: LAST

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.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to LAST.

Responsible interactions

All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.

Caring expert hosts

Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.

Diverse animals

Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.

Where you'll be

The bus terminal is located at Soda Las Brisas, in Bataan centre

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

October 2019
Our three days at the camp were really impressive. We learned a lot about sea turtles and could watch them hatching during our night shifts at the beach. Only downside: The cabins would definetly need some renovation. We had a little termite nest in our shower and the matresses were super uncomfortable. Nevertheless it was the absolute highlight of our Costa Rica travels and I can totally recommend volunteering there.
July 2019
Truly a once in a lifetime experience that has a positive impact on the marine environment! Be prepared for ‘roughing it’ while enjoying the nuances of many other cultures as you, other volunteers and the staff work and play together for the benefit of these endangered turtle species . I very much appreciate how the LAST program included some of the local people as part of the team. What a valuable and rich experience!
July 2019
The folks at LAST are heroes for what they do. The work they are accomplishing is making a great impact on the survival of the endangered sea turtle species. The entire crew was welcoming and accommodating. During my particular experience, one issue that came up was that the bus industry went on strike, and we had to do a bit of figuring out how to get me where I was supposed to be. Of course the strike had nothing to do with LAST, but that’s just a bit of general information for future visitors. Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend it to the adventurous, those passionate about conservation of endangered species, and those looking for a trip that’s off the beaten path.
March 2019
Our experience with LAST was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Although the amenities were very basic (no hot water, limited electricity, limited cell phone service), the experience you will have here will be like something straight out of a national geographic documentary. We saw so much wildlife: iguanas, howler monkeys, crocodiles, basilisks, and leaf cutter ants, just to name a few. We were also very lucky to have witnessed a leatherback sea turtle on the beach during a night patrol, preparing to lay it's eggs. We also helped prepare the hatchery for sea turtle eggs by digging sand for a couple hours a day, which was a good workout. Fabian, the head biologist, was very knowledgeable and passionate about sea turtles, and has dedicated his life to the conservation of them. All the assistant researchers were also very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall, our experience with LAST felt like a summer camp with a unique hands on experience with the conservation of leatherback sea turtles. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is passionate about helping with the conservation of leatherback sea turtles.
August 2019
Once in a lifetime experience, especially to show our kids

Things to know

Guest requirements

Be mindful of the ability required and risks associated with participating in this experience. Please consider conditions such as location, weather, and equipment.
You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 6 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

dark colored clothing , preferably long sleeved, and long pants
flashlight/ headlamp
refillable water bottle
insect repellant and sunblock

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing the adventure for a full refund.