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Kayak in bioluminescent waters

Paquera, Costa Rica

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 $46
/ person
Wed, 28 Apr
$46 per person
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
$46 per person
Thu, 29 Apr
$46 per person
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join 2 other guests
$46 per person
Thu, 29 Apr
$46 per person
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This time is popular
$46 per person

Meet your host, Vigdis & Thomas

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 394 Reviews
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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 4.80 out of 5 from 394 reviews.

Eva
April 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! The bioluminescent algae was more beautiful than I was even expecting. Such magical experience in a beautiful location. The tour started on time and was informative, but also reserved that you could enjoy it in peace. They were all super accommodating and I ended up renting a kayak from them the next day too!
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience! The bioluminescent algae was more beautiful than I was even expecting. Such magical experience in a beautiful location. The tour started on ti…
Aurélie
April 2021
Don't miss it if you're in the area. We felt like kids playing with glow sticks. The guide was super kind and caring ! Such a memorable experience
David
April 2021
Very neat experience! I would not recommend for children or those who are nervous of trying kayaking for the first time as it is done completely in the dark.
Belle
March 2021
this was a very fun excursion and the guide, Luis was so enthusiastic and friendly. the conditions were good, the group small (9 ppl 👍). however, I thought we would be guided by a marine biologist, the credentials that made me select this over another tour. also, I wish I've would have known that there is variation from what the pictures show (as that is nature), because it wasn't as vivid as i expected. the guides were very well informed and personable and we did get to see a lot of bioluminescent marine activity. I would recommend the tour, and its well priced. thank you!
this was a very fun excursion and the guide, Luis was so enthusiastic and friendly. the conditions were good, the group small (9 ppl 👍). however, I thought we would be guided…
Moana
March 2021
Es war eine aussergewöhnliches und einmaliges Erlebnis! Ich würde die Tour jeder Zeit wieder machen. Das Aufleuchten des Wassers ist magisch, wie eine Galaxie im Wasser. Dieses Ereignis ist wunderschön, da man gleichzeitig auch den prachtvollen Sternenhimmel betrachten kann. Bahia Rica hat eine extrem coole zone mit Hängematten, Getränken und Snacks und ist deswegen auch vor und nach der Tour ein gemütlicher Ruheort.
Es war eine aussergewöhnliches und einmaliges Erlebnis! Ich würde die Tour jeder Zeit wieder machen. Das Aufleuchten des Wassers ist magisch, wie eine Galaxie im Wasser. Dieses Er…
Shawna
March 2021
The hosts are lovely and very responsive. The kayaks are great quality and easy to use. I recommend getting their earlier than you planned and going during the week when it may be a more manageable sized group.

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  • Wed, 28 Apr
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $46 per person
  • Thu, 29 Apr
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $46 per person
  • Thu, 29 Apr
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    This time is popular
    $46 per person
  • Fri, 30 Apr
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    $46 per person
  • Sat, 1 May
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    $46 per person
  • Sun, 2 May
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    This time is popular
    $46 per person
  • Sun, 2 May
    7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Join 5 other guests
    $46 per person
  • Mon, 3 May
    6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    $46 per person

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled 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