Bioluminescent kayak tour | from Gulf of Nicoya

Bioluminescent kayak tour

This tour is available from Gulf of Nicoya.

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. 

See the plankton glow in the dark from your first paddle stroke on the bioluminescent kayak tour. It is a kayak experience not to be missed while in Costa Rica! As the night grows dark, step into your very comfortable sit inside kayak and get ready for a personal encounter with this remarkable phenomenon.

Our professional guide will lead you to the best spots where the glowing algae accumulates. For a full hour, you will be enchanted by how every stroke of your paddles leaves behind a glowing swirl of bluish light, and fish light up their path like shooting stars in the water.

This visible light made by living creatures is known as bioluminescence. Some bioluminescent organisms, – for example, the dinoflagellates produce a blue-green color light.  Their ecosystems are very rare, often found in warm-water lagoons with narrow openings to the sea.

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  • Sea kayak rental
  • Safety equipment
  • Multi-lingual guide
  • Age limit: 10 years (for family tours, please contact us for more information)
  • Weight Limit: 250 Pounds / 115 kg (please contact us if you have concerns)
  • Departure time: Between 18:00 and 19:00

We have grown up seeing millions of stars light up the night sky, beautiful, far away and untouchable. Paddling around in a kayak you are virtually floating in the bioluminescence, you trigger the marine light-show with your actions. From the kayak, you can reach into the water and let your hand light up and give the appearance of an Avatar-like character.

  • Sea kayak rental
  • Safety equipment
  • Multi-lingual guide
  • Flash light
  • Sandals or water shoes
  • Light clothes that can get wet
  • Bug spray (in the rainy season)
  • Approximately 1 hour

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Bioluminescent kayak tour | from Gulf of Nicoya