Nicaragua Sea Turtles
Nicaragua's beaches are home to four species of sea turtles, the hawksbills, olive ridleys, leatherbacks, and greens and they are found in waters off both coasts in both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Of particular importance is a newly discovered nesting area for the critically endangered hawksbill, one of only two known areas of this magnitude in the entire Eastern Pacific, as well as two major olive ridley arribada nesting beaches on the Pacific coast.
Nicaragua Sea Turtle Species
Green: The Caribbean waters are one of the world's most important foraging areas for greens. They also nest in small numbers on the Pacific coast.
Leatherback: Occasionally nest along the Pacific coast and they can also be found in deep Caribbean waters.
Go SEE Turtles!
Nicaragua's Wild Side: Price $2,695 / Nov-Mar (whales) & July-Dec (turtles)
Nicaragua Cloud Forests, Reefs & Sea Turtles: Price $2,395 / Sept-Dec
Nicaragua Adventure - Turtles, Volcano Hikes & Colonial Granada: Price $2,850 / April-Dec
How Conservation Tourism Helps
- Tour guiding provides an alternative to fishing, which accidentally catches thousands of turtles every year, and to poaching of turtles and their eggs.
- Supporting conservation efforts here will build support to protect important habitat from unsustainable coastal development.
- Income from visits helps fund research and conservation efforts.