About this listing
Turtle conservation project La Tortuga Feliz seeks enthusiastic people to help save the turtles alongside a local community.
Unique island location.
3 meals daily included.
Minimum 7 nights.
Shuttle boat access Mondays & Thursdays only
The cabin is on a beautiful isolated Caribbean beach where endangered leatherback and green turtles come to lay their eggs. We only operate and take bookings for between March and late August.
Jungle conditions are basic with no electricity and a tiny intermittent phone signal.
Recommended for the adventurous and YOLO crowd, not the scream at spiders types.
Nightly turtle patrols, hatchery.
Interaction with Guests
There are no roads, shops, restaurants or bars just pure nature. Bliss for some - hell for many.
La Tortuga Feliz is situated almost 3 hours traveling from San Jose at a beautiful isolated beach. Right behind the project lies, what people call, The Amazon of Costa Rica: a mangrove rainforest, rivers, canals and lagoons. They form a unique area to visit and one can only get there by motorboat. Among the animals that you’ll certainly see are: monkeys, fish, crocodiles, 145 species of birds, iguanas, freshwater turtles. You may also see dolphins, sloth’s, foxes and wild cats.
Access to the island is by the La Tortuga Feliz shuttle boat only on Mondays or Thursdays.
Other Things to Note
La Tortuga Feliz is a non-profit organization and can only stay successful if volunteers participate in the project. With your contribution you help with the protection of the sea turtles and the improvement of the living conditions of the local inhabitants. Maybe even more importantly you will have the best time of your life!
Anyone who is enthusiastic and open-minded is welcome at La Tortuga Feliz. On average you are with around 15 others at the project. Our volunteers come from all over the world and are between the 18 and 65 years old (Lower age limit rigid unless you will be participating with a parent or guardian).The work can sometimes be physically demanding as you have to walk for several hours on the beach in all weathers looking for nesting adult turtles so you should be fit!
You can help with the realization of the project objectives by patrolling the beaches at night together (in all weathers) with the local inhabitants, manning the hatchery caring for and study of recuperating adult turles in the turtle rescue and rehabilitation cetre. In addition you will be involvedwith the day to day operational duties of running of the project.
After volunteering you can fish, sunbathe on the beach, read a book in a hammock, play several games, play soccer or volleyball, hike, and of course learn Spanish.
- Prices include volunteering, nesting turtle training, turtle hatchery training, lodging in dormitory style beach cabins with bedding and 3 meals daily with either tea or coffee.
We expect you to volunteer your time to ensure the effective running of the project. Most volunteers don’t see the work as ‘work’ and experience it more as a fun activity.
The minimum stay is 7 nights.
You are enthusiastic , social and interested in conservation.
The project is alcohol and drug free.
Minimum age is 18 years old.