The project works with the local community, trained in sea turtle conservation who work together with volunteers to protect endangered turtles
Pacuare beach is located on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Surrounded by beautiful nature, Pacuare beach is very remote, only accessible by boat, and it is a nesting site for Leatherback, Green and occasionally Hawksbill turtles. This conservation project works together with the local community, former poachers trained in sea turtle conservation who, together with volunteers protect the critically endangered animals. The project does nightly beach patrols and operates a hatchery to protect the fragile eggs . Volunteers play an important part in Pacuare, as their fees generate an income for the local inhabitants. We strive to increase alternative livelihoods for coastal communities to take the need for poaching and hunting turtles away. From March to October, volunteers help patrol 7.1 km of nesting beach, collecting important data on nesting female turtles and their nests. Outside of main nesting season, volunteers are needed to help with vital hatchery construction and station maintenance
1. Observe giant Leatherbacks, beautiful Green and rare Hawksbill turtles in the wild.
2. Actively protect endangered species from being poached.
3. Support a good cause and to contribute to the improvement of local living conditions and the economy, to minimize poaching.
4. Live surrounded by nature and in a remote place which offers a unique experience for everyone who is used to a modern life style.
Volunteers recieve one free day per week, but due to the remoteness of the project there are few activities to do! Time is spent catching up on sleep, relaxing on the beach or sharing with the local community. We often organize football or volleyball games with the locals.
For an additional cost, you can take a boat trip to Tortuguero, and the National Park.
If possible, you can take the boat into the nearest down to use the internet, and visit supermarkets.
It is also possible to kayak on the canals - although kayaks are limited!
There are many areas to walk or hike to , for wildlife spotting - including monkeys, sloths, crocodiles and birds!
Our staff can help with organizing any free time activities.
shared beach cabins, dorm style, shared bathrooms.
Basic but comfortable accommoadtion
No electricity ( solar energy)
Breakfast , lunch and dinner provided. We can cater for any dietary requirements. Local costa rican cuisine is served - expect lots of rice and beans, vegetables, salads, pastas, plantains etc
Cold drinks, tea and coffee also avialable