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Bioluminescent Kayak Tour provided by Bahia Rica Adventures

Bioluminescent Kayak Tour
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About
There are only a few places in the world where bioluminescence can be seen year round. And luckily for travelers to the Nicoya Peninsula there is one such place here. Bioluminescence is a light created by living organisms through a chemical reaction, biological light. In the gulf it is the algae that create this magical effect. Upon being disturbed, the algae give off a burst of light. Since there are millions of them it looks like sparkles in the water. The wavelengths are in the blue to green area and depending on the amount of algae it will appear as bluish or greenish sparkles. One of the best ways to see this phenomenon is to get a look from above, and kayaking is a great way to see it well. The algae will stick to your paddle, your hand or floating debris glowing for many seconds if you encounter a strong patch. When you kayak over shallow areas, fish will be scared up and it looks like fireworks under water as they take off, leaving a trail of “fairy dust” in their wake.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
  • This incredible tour is peaceful and breathtaking, all at the same time. The kayak launch area is just a short distance from the Paquera ferry landing, and the calm gulf water is very accessible by kayak. At sunset, we gather under the palm trees overlooking the bio-bay for a welcome with complimentary refreshments. Our experienced guide, Luis gives a briefing of the tour. He will equip everyone with suitable life jackets and lead the way to the launch area for the kayaks. He is careful to help entering the kayaks and giving instructions to those that do not have kayaking experience. Everyone gets to do the full hour of the tour in their own kayak or a tandem kayak. You stop along the way, where Luis will explain more about the magical sparkling water and the marine life in the bay. The darker the night, the better the experience will be. Upon the return to the Bahia Rica beach, we have fresh water and towels available, and bathroom facilities if needed.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • This incredible tour is peaceful and breathtaking, all at the same time. The kayak launch area is just a short distance from the Paquera ferry landing, and the calm gulf water is very accessible by kayak. At sunset, we gather under the palm trees overlooking the bio-bay for a welcome with complimentary refreshments. Our experienced guide, Luis gives a briefing of the tour. He will equip everyone with suitable life jackets and lead the way to the launch area for the kayaks. He is careful to help entering the kayaks and giving instructions to those that do not have kayaking experience. Everyone gets to do the full hour of the tour in their own kayak or a tandem kayak. You stop along the way, where Luis will explain more about the magical sparkling water and the marine life in the bay. The darker the night, the better the experience will be. Upon the return to the Bahia Rica beach, we have fresh water and towels available, and bathroom facilities if needed.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 148182P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Kayaks, paddles and life jackets
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Bathroom
  • Insurance
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • Bahia Rica Fishing & Kayak Lodge, 1.5 KM EAST OF PAQUERA FERRY LANDING, Punta Cuchillos, Provincia de Puntarenas, PUNTA CUCHILLOS, Costa Rica We try to start on time, please be here 20 minutes before departure. From the Paquera ferry landing, take the dirt road to the small village Punta Cuchillo. Follow signs to Bahia Rica. After 1,5 km you'll cross a very small bridge. Park here and walk the little trail to our kayak launch site.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Age limit: minimum 10 years old
  • Not recommended for travelers with fear or water
  • Not recommended for travelers that are afraid of the dark
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Kayaks, paddles and life jackets
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Bathroom
  • Insurance
Departure details
  • Bahia Rica Fishing & Kayak Lodge, 1.5 KM EAST OF PAQUERA FERRY LANDING, Punta Cuchillos, Provincia de Puntarenas, PUNTA CUCHILLOS, Costa Rica We try to start on time, please be here 20 minutes before departure. From the Paquera ferry landing, take the dirt road to the small village Punta Cuchillo. Follow signs to Bahia Rica. After 1,5 km you'll cross a very small bridge. Park here and walk the little trail to our kayak launch site.
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Age limit: minimum 10 years old
  • Not recommended for travelers with fear or water
  • Not recommended for travelers that are afraid of the dark
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

5.0
85 reviews
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acjuneau
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Such a beautiful experience!
We did the bioluminescence kayak experience. Our guide Luis is a wealth of information that he loves sharing. We lucked out and hit the water during a lightening and thunder storm. When the rain hit the water, it lit up the bay. This is a fantastic life experience that you should not miss!
Written 25 September 2021
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Vigdis V
Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed the tour with us! The nature is just amazing!
Written 26 September 2021
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William M
Chicago2 contributions
Amazing Costa Rican Experience
Jul 2021
This place was amazing. Vici and Thomas were amazing hosts and their staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend Bahia to anyone looking for an awesome Cost Rican experience.

Bill
Written 26 July 2021
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Vigdis V
Hi Bill, Thank you so very much! Its great to hear you had a good time. You are welcome back anytime.
Written 27 July 2021
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BmoFamily
Baltimore, MD42 contributions
Fantastic Day Not to Be MIssed
May 2021
We did the combo Isla Tortuga + Bioluminescent Tour.
Tomas and Vicky are fabulous. So are their staff. Could not be more gracious, friendly, helpful, and just all around nice people.
Isla Tortuga tour: On time. Good snorkeling equipment (we've had lesser on other tours). Nice schedule (not too rushed or too slow). Answered even my silly questions. Absolutely delicious, fresh, and filling lunch. Plenty of drinks to keep you hydrated. Nice little shaded area on the island to keep you from being burned.
Loved being able to hang out at their charming property between the tours in the lounge chairs and hammocks, watching a beautiful sunset. They even provide snacks and drinks.
Bioluminescence Tour: Had been on my bucket list for years, and I was still blown away. It was magical. Guide was fabulous.
There are plenty of outfits out there, and we couldn't recommend this one more fully.
Thank you!
Written 22 May 2021
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Vigdis V
Thank you so very much for this awesome and detailed review! We are lucky to have found some great co-workers and with that the tours are even better. If you are ever back in the area we would love to take you out on other adventures.
Written 27 July 2021
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W8x4
San Jose, Costa Rica104 contributions
Hello!
Ok. So these folks are lovely. Solid equipment (roto plastic) and no skirts. Totes happy to lone out self rescue and first aid kit. They have The Best taxi service dude: Alvaro, and they are responsive and helpful. If you're close, go with them and have a lovely evening. 14 years of local experience. Thanks guys!
Written 18 May 2021
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Vigdis V
Thank you for the review. We do have skirts as well but don't use them unless the weather is rough. Alvaro is a gem. Pura Vida.
Written 19 May 2021
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Paul L
London, UK5 contributions
Great experience
Apr 2021 • Couples
Great experience. The tour is well organized with good explanations, snacks and boats. Luis the guide was really passionate about bioluminescent and was great at sharing it.
Fun for kids as well.
Written 2 May 2021
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Vigdis V
Thank you so much for your feedback - we really appreciate it! So happy you enjoyed the tour - and yes the bioluminescence is something so special and rare!
Written 3 May 2021
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Elizabeth E
2 contributions
Just WOW !!!!
Apr 2021 • Friends
My heart began healing at the beginning of this trip in large part due to this amazing place and these amazing people. Our lodging was pure vida and the surroundings delightful. The boat trip to Tortuga Island with a stop off to watch the spider monkeys play. The snorkeling experience was astounding. Lunch was eye opening especially since I never eat fish and was blown away from discovering the awesome taste of the congrio ! Our guide and cook were top notch. Not only was that wonderful but we then were able to enjoy relaxing in the water and take a stroll on the beach. THEN we enjoyed the sunset while relaxing in a hammock and drinking coffee and lemonade, after which we listened to Luis explain all about the Bioluminescent kayak tour we were going to start. I cannot tell you with words or even pictures how awe inspiring this experience was. When you disturb the water the microscopic algae becomes Luminescent. It looks like tiny diamonds or as if you were throwing sparkling dust on the water. Each meal at Bahia Rico was lovingly prepared and something to anticipate ! After our tour we walked to a neighbor who has a small and personal restaurant. It is called El Manito. Alfonso ( if I have the name correct. ) The dinner was Delicious and we could walk there from our place. I cannot say enough good about our hosts and everyone who helped out while we were there. Even the dog and cats are friendly! I highly recommend Bahia Rico and would love to return.
Written 14 April 2021
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Vigdis V
Thank you so much for choosing to come to our "little corner" of Costa Rica. We love it here, and are thrilled when our guests enjoy it as much as we do! And we really enjoyed having you here, absolutely loving persons! Thank you so much for the kind words and reccommendation!!!
Written 16 April 2021
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Elizabeth R
Denver, CO2 contributions
Really great experience
Mar 2021 • Couples
Tomas and Vicky are wonderful people who have done an incredible job creating a fun nd unique atmosphere at their lodge. We went on the bioluminescence tour and it was SO COOL! There were six of us with one very knowledgeable guide who showed us parts of the water with higher bioluminescence and found us a great spot to watch the moon rise. 100% recommend taking the trip west for the experience, and I definitely recommend staying a night or two at the lodge.
Written 1 April 2021
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Vigdis V
Awesome! Thank you very much for the review. This is an underrated tour which gives a lot back. We are so happy you enjoyed it and we are lucky to have found some great guides who love what they do:-)
Written 2 April 2021
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Luluuuo
New York City, NY3 contributions
Love it
Feb 2020 • Friends
We arrived a few min late, instead of turning us away they got us to our tour group! The luminescent wasnt that great but our tour guide tried to get us the best view.
Written 2 February 2020
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Icedros
Thank you so much for the stars. Great that you enjoyed the tour despite the conditions that was not so great that night with unusual wind and a bit of moon light.
Written 3 February 2020
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Yvette N
Pittsburgh, PA145 contributions
Indescribable experience
Jan 2020
I've done 2 bioluminescent kayak tours with Bahia Rica. I thought the first was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I went again to bring my daughter, and it was just as magical. Being in the sparkling water with the the bright, twinkling stars above makes me feel both essentially a part of the Earth and yet so infinitessimally insignificant. The hosts are gracious, provide a little snack, some education, and share their excitement and enthusiasm for this beautiful place as if they just got there. I hope to come and stay at their lodge in the future, and go on a whale watch tour, but I'd go back to the Peninsula just for the bioluminescent tour with Tom and Vigda.
Written 1 February 2020
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NatalieLBDJ2328
Thank you very much for your review! We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed and even came back for a second tour with your daughter. We are absolutely look forward to welcoming you again in the whale season! Warm regards, the Bahia Rica Team
Written 30 March 2020
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SeekerKat
Fremont, CA16 contributions
Magical sparkling adventure
Jan 2020
Warm greeting on arrival. Explanation of bioluminescence and what we would experience. Luiz, our kayak guide, and staff helped us board our kayaks. We didn’t have to paddle far at all to encounter the water “fireworks”. It was totally amazing seeing waves of sparkles at every dip of the paddle or swish of a hand in the water. A wonderful experience.
Written 29 January 2020
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Icedros
Thank you so much for your feedback. We think the bioluminescence is magic - and just love it when our guests enjoy our tour!
Written 30 January 2020
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So refreshing and renewing
We booked a 2-night stay at Bahia Rica for my husband and me, his mother, our 23-year-old daughter, and our 15-year
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mind blowing experience
We were driving hour and a half ( we were staying very far) at night time in peninsula nasty roads to get there but
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Fantastic place for marvelous experiences
Bahia Rica is famous for its sea fishing. A day at sea and catching some mo stars is an unforgettable sensation. Bu
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Great fishing in Costa Rica
We booked 2 days to go inshore fishing with Bahia Rica. It was a good experience. We landed Amber Jacks, a Rooster,
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The Whale Watching tour! 🐳 🐳
Truly incredible experience that I will be remembering forever! This has been a dream for me to see and I'm just A
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Wonderful Kayaking
Experienced kayakers spent full day with Vickie (Vigdis) on thoroughly enjoyable trek to bird island (home of myria
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I never knew how great open water fishing could be
My son is a casual fisher & I had not been fishing in 30 years. Thomas & Victoria meet our catamaran, picked us up
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A great day trip
We were only in Costa Rica for one day and I wanted to see something other than the cruise port at Punta Arenas. I
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Do you want amazing wild life and the best fishing in the world?
I spent a week with Tomas and Vidgis last winter. Believe me, I had my doubts about what I would encounter. . Btw,
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