Bioluminescent Kayak Tour

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Experience the magic of bioluminescence on a unique paddling tour. This nighttime adventure offers an unforgettable encounter with bioluminescent organisms, showcasing the captivating phenomenon of living creatures emitting visible light. This natural light show, known as bioluminescence, is a form of chemiluminescence that will leave you in awe. Bioluminescence is common in marine invertebrates and certain fungi, microorganisms including some bioluminescent bacteria, and terrestrial invertebrates such as fireflies. The light is produced in two ways, either bacteriologically, by symbiotic organisms such as Vibrio bacteria, or autogenically, produced by the animals themselves.

While Paquera Bay, surrounded by islands, generally offers calm waters, the intensity of bioluminescence can vary throughout the year. On the tour, you will have the opportunity to see bioluminescent plankton, which emit a soft glow in the dark. While the intensity of the glow can vary, if conditions are right, you will be able to see the ocean shimmering with their light.

Mangrove trees play a crucial role in the rich ecosystem of bioluminescent bays. While algae are commonly found in marine environments, many other plant species besides mangroves can thrive in saltwater, such as seagrasses.

Paquera is one of the top 5 places on the planet for this unique and magical Bioluminescence tour, so come see the Sea sparkle.

Tour Details:

Start Time (option 1): 5:45pm to 7:30pm

Start Time (option 2): 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Viewing: Sea Kayak night tour (sit-inside individual kayaks) safety equipment and a multilingual guide.

Things-to-Bring: Wear water shoes and clothes to get wet and a flashlight.

Private Tours: Private group tours can be arranged for groups of four or more people, with start times available at either 6pm or 8pm.

Request a Quote and let us know if you would like to include transportation.

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