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Swimming with plankton on Isla Barú

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 281 reviews.Cartagena, Colombia

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Experience hosted by Marcela

11.5 hours
Includes food, drinks, transportation, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Night excursion to plankton: Luminous bath in the Colombian Caribbean!
We want to invite you to our nocturnal excursion, in this experience more than 1,500 travelers have participated during 2019. We leave Cartagena at 10 am in an air-conditioned vehicle to Playa Blanca, upon arrival we are located in our exclusive sector of the restaurant, we have tables and chairs are available to rest, relax or read a book, in case you don't want to tan. We have lunch and hydrate. We are waiting for the sunset because you will take some incredible photos, with golden and red hues reflected in the sea. At 6:15 pm we give an informative talk about plankton, security measures and conditions of the place. At 6:30 pm we got on the boat The Blue Marlin heading to the Ciénaga Portonaito, the tour lasts 15 minutes one way, 45 minutes in the program and 15 minutes back to the beach, this is a smaller boat (with capacity up to 18 passengers), the Captain is highly professional, ensuring an experience of pure pleasure. Currently the passenger capacity is reduced to 10, according to the standards of social distancing. Be a part of this wonderful experience, where the movement of your body immersed in the warm water, triggers the bioluminescent effect and the water shines between cascades of faint stars.
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Night excursion to plankton: Luminous bath in the Colombian Caribbean!
We want to invite you to our nocturnal excursion, in this experience more than 1,500 travelers have participated during 2019. We leave Cartagena at 10 am in an air-conditioned vehicle to Playa Blanca, upon arrival we are located in our exclusive sector of the restaurant, we have tables and chairs are available to rest, relax or read a book, in case you don't want to tan.…

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What's included

  • Food
    The typical coastal lunch consists of fried mojarra (very tasty!), Rice, pa...
  • Drinks
    One bottle of personal mineral water per participant will be delivered cold...
  • Transportation
    round trip ground transportation; Roundtrip maritime transfer from Cienaga...
  • Equipment
    Lifejacket.
    Materials for frequent hand washing.
    And so that you...
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Fri, Oct 9
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
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Sat, Oct 10
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
$73 per person
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Mon, Oct 12
10:00 AM - 9:30 PM
$73 per person
$73 per person

Meet your host, Marcela

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 281 Reviews
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Hi! We are Marcela and William, we want to tell you our story. I am Argentine and in September 2016 I was sitting on the plane, excited to get to know Colombia. I visited this city and it completely captivated me and even more, I fell in love with the paradisiacal Playa Blanca of Isla Barú. On that trip I met William, who is my husband today. After several trips from Argentina, in 2017 I decided to leave everything in my country (family, friends and work) and start a new life here. I left the heels and the little suits to be in a bathing suit and barefoot 365 days a year. What a change, right? Since 2019 I have been a Tourist Operator of Argento Travels, our agency and we work together with the family with national and international travelers. Our wish is that each traveler takes a unique memory, an indelible mark in the heart.
Hi! We are Marcela and William, we want to tell you our story. I am Argentine and in September 2016 I was sitting on the plane, excited to get to know Colombia. I visited this city and it completely captivated me and even more, I fell in love with the paradisiacal Playa Blanca of Isla Barú. On that trip I met William, who is my husband today. After several trips from Argentina, in 2017 I decided to leave everything in my country (family, friends and work) and start a new life here. I left the he…
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Where you'll be

In the Ciénaga Portonaito de Playa Blanca in Isla Barú is where you will swim with the plankton, the route is 15 min one way, 45 min of program and 15 min of return, in a smaller boat (enabled by the Harbor Master), with capacity up to 18 passengers. The Captain is highly professional, ensuring an experience of pure pleasure. Currently the passenger capacity is reduced to 10, according to the Soc distancing standards

Rated 4.83 out of 5 from 281 reviews.

Brian
March 2020
Marcela made this experience one of the best experiences of my trip - from beginning to the end, I felt that she was looking out for us for everything. I highly recommend going and doing the scuba diving option with Juan Pablo as well, which is extra but totally worth it! 10/10 would recommend and do again! Thank you Marcela!!!!!
Marcela made this experience one of the best experiences of my trip - from beginning to the end, I felt that she was looking out for us for everything. I highly recommend going an…
Karol
March 2020
Totally worth it... Some folks in my group felt like after a long day at the beach they didn't want to swim with the plankton because they were tired but once arrived they loved it.
Anderson
March 2020
Marcela y su esposo se han comportado de una manera maravillosa..... verán, para mi es muy importante la atención y el trato con las personas....en ese punto debo decir que Marcela ha sido una hosting especial, atenta a los pequeños detalles y preocupada en que realmente pasáramos un día genial.
Marcela y su esposo se han comportado de una manera maravillosa..... verán, para mi es muy importante la atención y el trato con las personas....en ese punto debo decir que Marcela…
Kylie
March 2020
Marcella was great and friendly. You get a private area where someone watches your stuff all day and the lunch was the best fish we had. The plankton were breathtaking however I suggest going on a night when there isn’t a full moon
Justin
March 2020
We heard a lot of people say the glowing plankton was hard to see but for us, it was amazing! We booked the trip not expecting much from it but rather to have the whole beach situation figured out for the day. It was an amazing cherry on top of the great day. Willie and Marcela took care of everything on the beach, lunch was great and the company was entertaining. Time flew by and it didn’t feel like 10+ hours. The best part was the plankton experience at the end. You jump into a dark lagoon and splash around and all around your body, the water glows bright green. It was super cool and exciting, highly recommend!
We heard a lot of people say the glowing plankton was hard to see but for us, it was amazing! We booked the trip not expecting much from it but rather to have the whole beach situa…
Amparo
March 2020
Altamente recomendable!!!!, fuimos mi esposo, nuestro hijo de 14 años y mi mami de 83 años, en todo momento nos asistieron con mi mami al punto que la cargaron pasta subir y bajar del bote para ir a la experiencia con el plancton!!!!, estando allá lo que encontramos fue indescriptible!!!, vimos la maravilla de la creación claramente explicada por nuestros guías y lo que se nos explicó antes de partir a la aventura fue tal cual lo que encontramos, sencillamente maravilloso!!!!!
Altamente recomendable!!!!, fuimos mi esposo, nuestro hijo de 14 años y mi mami de 83 años, en todo momento nos asistieron con mi mami al punto que la cargaron pasta subir y baja…

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

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.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

It is not necessary to know how to swim since by no means, those who participate in this experience, should remove their life vest. Suitable for children and older adults.
It is important to clarify that there is no camera or cell phone that manages to capture the plankton image (photo for information).

What to bring

Swimsuit and towel to enjoy the experience

Mosquito repellent