What you'll do
We will set out on boat to a preapproved GPS coordinate to deploy our nets. You will help the staff, by jumping into the water with your snorkle, to check the nets are ok. ( Optional) Our participants will then wait on the beach for any sign of a turtle! Once a sea turtle is caught the biologist will untangle them from the net and bring them into the boat for transport to the beach. Once at the beach we begin our monitoring. We take the weight of the turtle, the biometrics (weight, size of the carapace, plastron, and tail), tag them with metal tags (or record existing tag numbers), take a tissue sample (if no pre-existing tags), and record any injuries or abnormalities. Each sea turtle, depending on the size, takes 10-30 minutes to complete the needed monitoring. The nets are deployed for 6 hours each ocean day Participants will receive training and information on all data collection.
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
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Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
Environmental protection is a priority in Costa Rica - and we want to make it accessible for everyone to get involved! Seeing sea turtles in the wild is unforgettable - and this project allows you to be so close to them and get hands on experience in their protection.
About the organization
Latin American Sea Turtles
Latin American Sea Turtles is part of the Wider Caribbean sea Turtle Conservation Network in Costa Rica, encompassing efforts not only on the Caribbean but also on the Pacific. We are dedicated to ensure the recovery and sustainable management of depleted sea turtle populations and their natural habitats through direct action and education.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Latin American Sea Turtles.
Packed lunch is included Please let us know if you require a special diet
Juice is included Please take extra water
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Where you'll be
The project Osa In-Water is located in Playa Blanca, on the Osa Peninsula in the southern Pacific of Costa Rica. This area is one of 25 biodiversity hotspots worldwide, and the Golfo Dulce, is one of the four tropical fiords worldwide. At the Osa project you will be surrounded by a natural paradise
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 7 guests ages 8 and up can attend.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
If you have a snorkle and mask please bring it. Please remember that this is a research project, and there are days when we do not catch turtles. Although disappointing, it is also important data.
Sea Turtle Monitoring with a biologist