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Kayak in bioluminescent waters

Paquera, Costa Rica

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Experience hosted by Vigdis & Thomas

60 mins
Includes food, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

This kayak experience is not to be missed. What appears to be normal dark water, will light up WHEN YOU TOUCH IT.
As the night grows dark, we'll step into our comfortable kayaks and get ready for a personal encounter with this remarkable phenomenon. We will lead you to the best spots, where sparkling algae accumulates. For a full hour, you will be enchanted by how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a swirl of light, and fish light up their path like shooting stars in the water. The more YOU splash the water the more bioluminescent light you will experience. You are in command, the algae will NOT glow on its own, you have to ACTIVATE it with YOUR hands or the paddle.
Come a bit early to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the bay and a nice cup of Costa Rican coffee, juice, and some snacks. You'll get a briefing, a suitable life jacket, before we go to the launch area for the kayaks. It will be like going on a cozy family tour, as the maximum group size is 10 people. We'll stop along the way, and explain more about the magical glowing water and marine life in the bay. When we return to the beach, fresh water and towels will be available, as well as bathroom facilities, if needed
Other things to note
The tour is fine for beginner-level kayakers.
Weight limit 250 pounds / 115 kilograms.
Please do not consume alcohol before the kayak trip.

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This kayak experience is not to be missed. What appears to be normal dark water, will light up WHEN YOU TOUCH IT.
As the night grows dark, we'll step into our comfortable kayaks and get ready for a personal encounter with this remarkable phenomenon. We will lead you to the best spots, where sparkling algae accumulates. For a full hour, you will be enchanted by how every stroke of your paddle leaves behind a swirl of light, and fish light up…

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What's included

  • Food
    Coffee, water, biscuits
  • Equipment
    Kayaks and lifejackets
From $33
/ person
Sat, Jan 30
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
$33 per person
$33 per person
Sun, Jan 31
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$33 per person
$33 per person
Mon, Feb 1
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$33 per person
$33 per person

Meet your host, Vigdis & Thomas

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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We are a team as hosts, sharing the different tasks to give you a good experience. This season Luis, who is costarican, will be guiding most of the tours. I'm a marine biologist, and Vigdis and I discovered that we had permanent bioluminescence here about 10 years ago. All exited we explored the area, and found it great for doing the tours. The three of us have more than 10 years experience with guiding, and we all have good knowledge of bioluminescence. We enjoy taking people out on the water and showing you the magic of the bioluminescence in our bay—we enjoy it just as much every time.
We are a team as hosts, sharing the different tasks to give you a good experience. This season Luis, who is costarican, will be guiding most of the tours. I'm a marine biologist, and Vigdis and I discovered that we had permanent bioluminescence here about 10 years ago. All exited we explored the area, and found it great for doing the tours. The three of us have more than 10 years experience with guiding, and we all have good knowledge of bioluminescence. We enjoy taking people out on the water…
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Where you'll be

We'll be in the bioluminescent bay of Costa Rica. It's one of very few places in the world with permanent bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is found in many parts of the world, however, in most locations, it is either seasonal or requires perfect conditions in order to occur. Contrastingly, the Paquera Bay is home to bioluminescence year round.

Rated 4.79 out of 5 from 358 reviews.

Gabriela
January 2021
Recomendadísimo! El lugar es hermoso, ver la puesta de Sol en la bahía es muy bonito, todos los detalles de snacks, café, limonada, hasta el recibimiento, las mascotas y explicación de todo el tour están planeados con detalle y mucha amabilidad de parte de anfitriones. La seguridad es evidente. La experiencia de ver bioluminiscencia en el agua es increíble! José fue un gran guía, te explica todo muy bien y lleva a las zonas donde hay más concentración de algas, pero también da espacio para que explotes por tu lado.
Recomendadísimo! El lugar es hermoso, ver la puesta de Sol en la bahía es muy bonito, todos los detalles de snacks, café, limonada, hasta el recibimiento, las mascotas y explicació…
Charisse
January 2021
WOWOWOW! We have been a lot of places, and have done a lot of things, we have NEVER seen something like this before. We had low expectations, in case it wasn't a good night for this, and it was amazing! We've never seen the water glow or sparkle before. Really interesting and unique. We changed our plans and came all the way out here just to see this, and it was worth it. Highly recommend!
WOWOWOW! We have been a lot of places, and have done a lot of things, we have NEVER seen something like this before. We had low expectations, in case it wasn't a good night for thi…
Phyllis
January 2021
The Bahia Rica team were fantastic! Luis was extrmely knowledgeable and led the tour at a great pace with enough room to play around in the waters then moving to newer areas. The bioluminescence is more of a white sparkle than the blue colours shown in the photos. When touching the water, it felt like the gulf had stars with the bioluminescent properties of the algae!! Vigdis was also very helpful in helping me coordinate with a few questions I had about the area which was much appreciated. Overall, a very unique experience that is worth seeing for yourself and highly recommend coming early to enjoy the beautiful sunset from the hammocks on the property!
The Bahia Rica team were fantastic! Luis was extrmely knowledgeable and led the tour at a great pace with enough room to play around in the waters then moving to newer areas. The b…
Matt
December 2020
The kayak trip was a blast! Vigdis & Thomas were super friendly & communicative, the snacks & drinks were welcome & safety was a priority.
Lauren
December 2020
This is a fantastic experience that is not to be missed. We drove an hour from Montezuma and would do so again in a heartbeat. Everything is well organized and thought out.
Enrique
December 2020
LA MEJOR EXPERIENCIA!! WOW se los prometo que lo que ven en fotos o videos no es nada comparado a la realidad... ES MIL VECES MEJOR 😁 Super recomendado hacer este tour de verdad y disfrútenlo como nunca

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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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  • Sun, Jan 31
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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  • Mon, Feb 1
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    $33 per person
  • Tue, Feb 2
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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  • Sat, Feb 6
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Flashlight

Bug spray