Realising that a boat was going to cost us $120 for the day to snorkel around the Isla Boca Chica, and not being able to find other people to split the cost, we headed further along the coast to Playa Lajas. We based ourselves at Lajas hotel, as it was quiet and overlooked the beach. Turn right once you hit the beach and drive 200 metres down the road. For $10usd pp non-guests are able to use the facilities all day, but we managed to escape this cost, as we never came through the reception area and given we had lunch there, assumed we could use the facilities for free.  We beat the system. Yes!

Later, we drove to the off-the-beaten-track town called Malena. The turtle laying egg season is between August to December, with the majority of hatchlings taking place between November to January. This is more a community run project, were everyone in the village pitches in with turtle conservation work and you can do as much volunteering as you want for free. If you head to either Hostel Casa Verde or Tanager hostel, they should be able to give some light on the likelihood of turtles nesting/hatching for that day/night. We got lucky and within hours of being there a local informed us there was a turtle laying eggs, so we went along, collected the eggs (which felt like ping pong balls) and re-buried them in the hatchery the village had created. As we were doing that, some other turtles started to hatch and after an hour, 25 were roaming around the pen. Much like we did in Mexico, we released them 20 metres from the sea. Seeing these things never gets boring.

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