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Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Bioluminescence is an extraordinary natural phenomenon in which tiny creatures make water glow by capturing light. Enjoy this experience in a group of no more than 10 people, with a certified guide, by booking this nighttime snorkeling tour with transfers from your accommodation on Holbox Island. The package includes snorkel gear, a long wetsuit, water shoes and mosquito protection, as well as a money-back guarantee if we fail to see the bioluminescence.
  • Experience the magic of bioluminescence in the calm waters of Holbox
  • Small-group experience is safe and allows for plenty of interaction with the guide
  • Includes complete equipment and transfers within Holbox
  • If the bioluminescence does not appear, you can reschedule the tour or we will refund your money
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Private transportation
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Long wetsuit, mosquito mask, special water shoes and professional snorkeling masks
Special shoes for water
SECTUR certified guide
Meals / drinks
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT OFFER TRANSPORTATION SERVICE OUTSIDE HOLBOX ISLAND.

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10:00 PM
PICK UP SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE WITHIN THE ISLAND OF HOLBOX. During the day of your reservation, the appropriate equipment for the activity will be distributed at your place of stay. At the previously agreed time, you will be picked up by our certified guide in a buggy to go to the location for the tour. IMPORTANT NOTES: ACTIVITY SCHEDULES VARY DEPENDING ON THE MOON CYCLE AND WILL BE CONFIRMED WITH YOU THE DAY BEFORE YOUR RESERVED DATE. THIS ACTIVITY IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS AND CANNOT BE CARRIED OUT ON FULL MOON NIGHTS.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alejandro Flores Castañeda
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox.

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star-5
Awesome
Rosa_G
, Jul 2022
Alex was a hilarious guide and super knowledgeable. Awesome experience. Everyone that comes to Holbox has to try this!
star-5
Unique experience, Alex was great
Alta_P
, Jun 2022
Alex so knowledgeable, taxi guy was sweet and picked us up and dropped us off safely. Definitely a unique experience you do not want to miss!
star-5
An experience no one in holbox can miss
Eduardo_S
, Jun 2022
Nothing could prepare us for what we experienced. We can imagine what it’s going to be like. But there it feels magical. A sky full of stars, a group of people expecting the wow. And an amazing story teller guide. Truly, an experience no one in holbox can miss!
star-5
Wonderful experience
Tim_S
, Jun 2022
The experience was terrific. The gear was dropped off for us and we were picked up on time. We were able to enjoy the bioluminescence comfortably and felt that we were in good hands with Alex.
star-5
Must do activity
Jeffery_N
, Apr 2022
An incredible bioluminescence experience that I'll never forget. The backdrop of starry night made it perfect.
star-5
Amazing value!
Thomas_F
, Apr 2022
Wonderful evening. Alex was a fun, welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable guide. The drive to the beach was great, his description and demonstration of many constellations was superb, and the beautiful bioluminescent plankton topped it all off. Thank you!
star-5
A unique experience
Steve_T
, Apr 2022
Great experience - the leader was fab!! A very well organised trip that took you to a unique place in the world.
star-5
Perfect tour
HelenaAbdali_J
, Apr 2022
Our guide Alex is very knowledgeable and it was an amazing experience! The tour is in the night time and not at 10 as it says here though, but because of the moon that’s the best time. would highly recommend
star-5
Do this tour!
Diana_D
, Apr 2022
Alex was a fantastic guide and made the entire experience special. Everything was fun and went smoothly from dropping off our gear ahead of time to dropping us back off at our Airbnb after the event. My husband and I loved this tour and couldn't recommend it more!
star-5
The bioluminescence was...
Victoria_G
, Apr 2022
The bioluminescence was beautiful and the guide was super. There’s a lot of mosquitoes though so try to remember bug spray
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The guide was really...
Massi_B
, Mar 2022
The guide was really knowledgeable, and helpful. The wetsuits provided are brand new and clean! Nice little experience by night! Yo
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Magical 💫
Aurlie_S
, Mar 2022
This experience was amazing from beginning to end. Very fun and educational with the discovery of the constellation in a clear sky and magical with the bioluminescence. You are an excellent entertainer Alex! Thank you :)
star-5
Worth staying up late for!!!
Laura_S
, Mar 2022
All equipment dropped off early! Picked up for our excursion on time! Night was perfect, nature was on our side! Saw the most stars I have seen in my life and the plankton was magical like sparkles in the water. Alex was an entertaining and helpful guide with humour and personality. Alex has been doing this tour for years and will ensure your experience is top notch! Vamanos!!!
star-5
Magical
David_B
, Feb 2022
We found out that Holbox has a bioluminescent body of water the morning we were heading there and booked this excursion. The entire experience was magical, from the wetsuits, to the tour guide’s explanations and pointing out constellations, to splashing and swimming with the bioluminescence. We highly recommend. Worth keeping the kids awake for.
star-5
Seeing planktons in the...
Yagiz_E
, Feb 2022
Seeing planktons in the night was a magical experience - it was like swimming with the stars! Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Alejandro is the best
Roxana_P
, Feb 2022
Alejandro was a caring guide. He took time to give us a tour of the star (it was a beautiful night and we could see a lot of them). We went tk the water where we could notice the bioluminescence and Alex explained to us the phenomenon and even brought props for us to enjoy the experience even more. The wet suit was a great addition as the ride back was warmer because of them. I recommand the tour to anyone looking for a great experience, this tour made our trip to Holbox whole.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Madeleine_M
, Feb 2022
Alex was lovely and an excellent guide - picked us up from where we were staying which was really helpful and gave us all the equipment prior so we were prepared. He answered all our questions and told us so much not only about the bioluminescence but also about constellations and the island as a whole! Was such a fun experience and a really nice and easy way to see the bioluminescence. Thank you!
star-5
Well organized pleasant night
Fedor_Z
, Jan 2022
Great experience. We had nice wet suits, and they really helped because the water was chilly. Alex was very informative and told us about stars and constellations in Holbox night sky. He also told us about different types of plaknton and how it produces bioluminescence. We highly recommend this company. Well organized tour
star-5
Amazing experience!
Jaclyn_W
, Dec 2021
Absolutely loved this tour! We were given wetsuits and water shoes well ahead of time to make sure everything fit properly and we were picked up from our hotel. Our guide was lovely, funny and very knowledgeable. The stars were incredible and the bioluminescence was amazing! We got into the sea to get the best view of the bioluminescence and the tour lasted a good amount of time (around 1.5 hours). 100% would recommend!
star-1
ALLIGATORS = UNSAFE. Give this tour a hard pass.
Christina_R
, Dec 2021
As a frequent traveler, I recognize that these reviews impact a guide's livelihood so I don't write a poor review lightly. In fact, I think this might be the first time. But when someone puts his guests at risk through the use of poor judgement, it's important to let others know. Here's our story: Alex explained he normally does two tours an evening...one early evening, one late evening but that he decided to do the two groups together for best viewing due to the moon. Sounded great! Brought us excellent wet suits. The problem? He did not bring a second guide and golf cart to pick up and drop off the two groups (10 people total, only 5 can fit in a golf cart taxi). Even with a wet suit, you will get COLD if you stay in the water more than 30 minutes. Plus, it was windy. About 45 minutes into the tour, he announced he'd be taking the other group back to town and we should wait for him IN THE WATER until he returned. It was quite dark and we were really col. After waiting about 30 minutes since he'd left, people on the shoreline started screaming at us to exit the water ASAP, telling us there was an alligator. We thought it was a joke until they shined a light on the alligator heading towards us. So then we were shivering on shore waiting for Alex. When he finally returned, he didn't believe us, saying alligators didn't come here. The next morning we found the large "ALLIGATOR" sign posted 2 minutes from where we'd been swimming. So, while this will make a great travel story, save your money! Here's the best way to see the bioluminesence: Google map "bioluminescence" once you're on Holbox to find the spot at Playa Coco. It's true you won't see it from the shore. But the next best thing is to swish your hand in the water (if there are no alligators). Honestly, you'll get 80 percent of the experience. This tour, even if everything was great, should be no longer than 20 minutes, not two hours. The snorkel equipment was totally unneeded since the bioluminescene could only be seen at the top of the water, not below (but this could be different if you had a new moon). In our case, it felt like a way to needlessly draw out a simple experience you could do on your own. I'd bet my last dollar those snorkel masks were not sanitized either, making it not particularly COVID safe. Buyer beware.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
You say terrible things about the activity ,at the history of the island never happen and accident whit te alligators ,20 minutes only to take back to your hotel ,the weather windy an cool I little bit December it's not that bad ,non of the 14 persons was complein,I explain before what's gonna happen whit the groups , 300 people visit that night the place ,around the year thousands ,my service, has a medical insurance,i explain the moon it's coming up thats why the two groups together , my equipment its sanitizer, thats why I tall you put some whater before you ware , please be honest if anything happen to you or the people that night ,and why you send the next day your daughter and soon in law to enjoy the activity ,whit the alligators and poor experience ,i don't understand ,i asking you before if you haven't a good time after all ,and you says yes . Please read one more time what you wrote it's fear ? I will refound your money to you ,your daughter and husband . If you think my service was that bad

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