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Kayak and swim with Holbox Island Bioluminescence

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Holbox, Mexico
Kayak and swim with Holbox Island Bioluminescence

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icon1 hour 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Marvel at the glistening water flowing from your paddle and around your boat on this overnight kayaking adventure. It's bioluminescence, a natural phenomenon caused by tiny creatures in the water. With a group of no more than 14 people and a guide to lead the way, you'll paddle under the stars in dark waters where you can swim and interact with bioluminescence.
  • Kayak under a starry sky in search of bioluminescence
  • Forge memories to last a lifetime at this spectacular natural phenomenon
  • You can hydrate yourself with bottles of water during the warm evening
  • The maximum number of travelers is 14, ensuring a safe and intimate experience
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Transportation back to your hotel is not included in the service
Azul Tourquesa Tour Shop Holbox , C. P.º Kuka S/N, entre calle sierra y calle carito, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico

See you 15 minutes before the established time at Azul Turquesa Tour Shop Holbox.

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The activity ends at the kayak center, located 10 minutes from downtown.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Azul Turquesa Holbox
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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A dream!
, May 2022
You have to book this tour! We had planned to only see see the plankton during the bioluminescence tour, but boy were we in for a surprise. We got to see jellyfish that lit up the whole area around our kayaks. It was magical, even our tour guide mentioned that this was a rare instance of nature.
Great new experience on the water
, May 2022
Mimi shared her appreciation for natural phenomenon like the bioluminescence and it was hard not to love it with her! The stars were unreal and the activity was well-organized. I appreciated that as our trip leader, she was able to adapt to challenges like inexperienced kayakers and someone who brought a professional photographer. The experience went as follows: meet at the tour headquarters, take a golf cart taxi to the location, receive some info and kayaking training, receive life jackets, store personal items like phones in a box with the tour company, kayak for 30 min, swim, kayak back, then walk or find your own taxi (with your own money) to get back. We didn’t bring our phones because we didn’t know about the storage option, and weren’t really prepared for heading back from a location we hadn’t been in the dark, but figured it out! My only other complaint would be the time spent waiting for other participants to arrive. We had a full group so it took some time. Bring bug spray!
Wonderful experience with the loveliest team!
, May 2022
From the first to the last minute, my highlight in Holbox island! From the pick up with the golf caddy and the ride together with Morgan the dog, to the attention we got while kayaking, the information shared and the bioluminescence itself (we were really lucky and got a 70% visibility that night), it was a great experience that we take home with us and can only recommend! Shoutout to Mimi, because you could really feel her love for nature and marine life. Shoutout to our driver (I hope Vero is the correct name), who then afterwards sent us an amazing list of extra tips for our journey onwards to Mexico city. The best team and event ever, keep it up!
Unreal experience
, Mar 2022
This activity was absolutely unreal. Kayaking in the middle of the night itself was amazing. The stars were the brightest I've ever seen them. The bioluminescence was craaaazy to see in person. Then swimming in the ocean at night has a unique feel to it. We also got to see the moon come up and it was just breathtaking. The team that took us was great. They were knowledgeable and super sweet. They shared great stories and knowledge and made us feel very comfortable and safe the whole time. Great souls. Loved this so much.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hola Kevin!!!! We greatly appreciate your comment and experience, we hope to see you again in this paradise! Enjoy the trip!
Spiritual and meditative experience
, Jan 2022
This experience was really great! It was very spiritual and meditative. Professional and super friendly staff. The 1.45-2h lasting time was also perfect. Being out on the ocean while it’s pitch dark, seeing all the stars, hearing the waves, totally silence, experiencing the bioluminence.. (which appearently now was about 60-70%) mind blown! This is a must if visiting Holbox.
Glad I went!
, Jan 2022
Staff was responsive to inquiries on whats app, provided helpful hints to prepare for the excursion. We were with a group of 11. Paddle guide was knowledgeable and helpful. It was an interesting trip at night, paddling through the waves. Due to time of year and time of month, we got to see some of the biolumines which were very pretty.
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Bioluminscence is life-changing.
, Jul 2021
We had a blast. Our guides were great and took care of everyone, making sure that they were comfortable and having a good time. And if you haven't seen bioluminescent water before, it can be life-changing. Find it and go to it.
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Stay Awaay!
, Jun 2021
We were booked for Friday night. We were picked up and dropped off at the wrong location and was told to wait. The tour staff did not follow up with us at all. After waiting 20 minutes, we asked the person who we were dropped off with how much longer and she told us 20 more minutes. We decided to reschedule as everything closes at 11p. Our tour guide never followed up where we were even after requesting the reschedule and mentioning why. Fast forward to this evening, we were told to be ready at 8:40p. After waiting more than 10 minutes we were told the driver was on the way. Another 10 minutes goes by, i was told the driver was waiting for us, there was no driver. My friend walked to the other side of the hotel and there was no driver. i called and they claimed they were calling the driver again: after waiting another 10 minutes, i called and they did not answer the phone. After waiting 45 minutes for a taxi, we cancelled. They still never returned my call, instead we wrote back claiming they called 5 drivers. Best part, despite booking via viator. requested to send refund via PayPal. Stay away. Lack of communication, disorganized and dishonest.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
I understand your annoyance and we accept responsibility, there are many things that you would not understand unless you lived on an island and experienced the situations that arise that are not in our hands such as the state of the streets and the taxis that operate on the island. About Paypal I do not understand what the problem is, it is just one more form of payment. A thousand apologies for what happened. PD. We are not dishonest.
Cool to be in the water at night with all the stars but underwhelmed by the luminescence
, Jun 2021
The bioluminescence was not very bright and the guide didn’t really speak English so well, so I didn’t gain much from the tour. Also my gf was wearing the googles they provided and they slipped off by mistake and sank in the water. She tried so hard to look for them underwater but they still made us pay for them. Not terribly happy with this experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hello, Bioluminescence is a variant phenomenon, every night is different and it is something that we cannot control. Probably your guide did not speak 100% English but I think that if it was informative, I was present, finally, regarding what was lost, before the tour you signed a response about the equipment, your comment is totally unfair. Greetings
Amazing experience.
, Dec 2020
Excellent experience. The guys who led this tour were amazing and very helpful. The bioluminescence were bright and easy to see. All in all it was a great experience and one of our favorite memories from our trip to Holbox.
Bio en Holbox 👌🏻
, Jun 2021
Hola, tuve la oportunidad de realizar el tour de Bio en Holbox y la verdad es super recomendable, los guías nos explicaron mucho del fenomeno que se produce, nos llevaron a un area apartada y nos dieron tips sobre el uso del kayak (aun cuando nosotros no teníamos experiencia) Ver la bio fue genial, como brilla en el agua, definitivo lo volvería a hacer.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Gracias por tu opinón Claudia, hacemos lo que está en nuestras manos para que tengan una gran experiencia, nos vemos pronto nuevamente.
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