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Biolumenescenece paddling in kayak or SUP

Holbox, Mexico

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Experience hosted by Arnoldo

2 hours
Includes drinks, tickets, transportation, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Depending on the moon, we go out on a set schedule. The important thing is that the night is as dark as possible. After a brief safety talk and instructions, we paddled out of the last beach before the start of the ecological reserve, to go into the darkness under a beautiful sky covered with stars. We paddle 30mins (1km) between the shore and a sandbar, until we reach the perfect spot. Upon reaching the place, we anchor the kayaks and get into the water to interact with the bioluminescent plankton that inhabits this very special place. We carry out a series of activities using diving masks and fabrics, in the same way I explain the characteristics of this species and about our regional nature. After this we make a deep stellar sighting where we will observe various constellations, stars, planets and even satellites. At the end (1h later) we return by paddling the same distance to our starting point and we will transport them to their respective hotels.
Other things to note
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not recommended for children under 8 years
The weather is important, in case of cancellation we will always offer some good option
Depending on the moon, we go out on a set schedule. The important thing is that the night is as dark as possible. After a brief safety talk and instructions, we paddled out of the last beach before the start of the ecological reserve, to go into the darkness under a beautiful sky covered with stars. We paddle 30mins (1km) between the shore and a sandbar, until we reach the perfect spot. Upon reaching the place, we anchor the kayaks and get into t…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Fresh purified water
  • Tickets
    National park fee
  • Transportation
    Drop off
  • Equipment
    Double Kayak with their respective Paddles and Life Jackets
From $53
/ person

Meet your host, Arnoldo

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 59 Reviews
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I have been practicing Kayakism for more than 5 years here on the island of Holbox. I have traveled each mangrove channel and thus I have come to know the true essence of the island. Following this experience I began to offer personal tours to share the beauty of our ecosystem. Similarly, for a little over 3 years I have been paddling all those adventurers who visit us, through Bioluminescence, a magical experience under a sky full of constellations, stars and planets.
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Where you'll be

We will visit the ecological reserve and the activities will be carried out in one of the sites with the greatest amount of bioluminescent plankton, due to the geographical and climatic characteristics of the area. Nature itself has formed a kind of lake inside the sea, between a sandbar and the shore.

Rated 4.64 out of 5 from 59 reviews.

Lauren
December 2020
This was quite an adventure to kayak at night. We waited for the moon to descend and it was amazingly beautiful. We then explored the water looking for the glowing plankton. The instructor had a laser and pointed out different constellations and told some stories. What a fun and memorable experience! I would recommend!
This was quite an adventure to kayak at night. We waited for the moon to descend and it was amazingly beautiful. We then explored the water looking for the glowing plankton. The in…
Carlos
January 2020
Había muy buenas referencias sobre la actividad, pero en lo personal no vale lo que cuesta, no tuve una buena experiencia había demasiado sargazo en la playa, muy sucio todo.
Donaji
January 2020
una experiencia que vale la pena; lamentablemente en ese día el clima estaba muy pésimo como para apreciar la bóveda celeste y el mar estaba muy revuelto como para apreciar la bioluminiscencia, pero si se logro apreciar.
Thomas
December 2019
We had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful bioluminescent plankton with Arnoldo. The place is beautiful and very peaceful. The best thing for me was the stars. The only thing was we realised our hostel were selling bioluminescent tours for $300 pesos which is much cheaper than this one. However I didn't do that so I can't say if or how they differ. Overall great experience and Arnoldo is a great guy.
We had a wonderful time exploring the beautiful bioluminescent plankton with Arnoldo. The place is beautiful and very peaceful. The best thing for me was the stars. The only thing…
Carolina
December 2019
I am sad and feel taken advantage by this particular experience. This is over priced and there is not much bioluminescence to see. The locals in the island charge half of what this host charges. They are financially taking advantage of tourist. Do yourself a favor and wait until you get to Holbox and ask for pricing at the place you are staying at. My hostel had the same experience for about $20-25 dlls. I hope you do no make the same mistake as me and make the best of your time and money.
I am sad and feel taken advantage by this particular experience. This is over priced and there is not much bioluminescence to see. The locals in the island charge half of what this…
Andrea
December 2019
Fun experience but I think pricy. It was hard to find them and, not their fault, but the location where we entered the waters was filled with gooey algae. The people were nice and friendly and the experience in the open water at night thrilling.
Fun experience but I think pricy. It was hard to find them and, not their fault, but the location where we entered the waters was filled with gooey algae. The people were nice and…

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    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

    What to bring

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