Santa Teresa

Bioluminescent Kayak Tour

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover Nicoya Peninsula bioluminescence on an after-dark kayak tour in Paquera Bay, where you’ll see glowing algae in the water all around you. Exploring by kayak means you can enjoy the natural phenomenon without the distracting noise of a motor, and you’ll spark bursts of sparkling light each time you dip your paddle into water where bioluminescent algae are present.
  • Bioluminescence kayak tour from Bahia Rica
  • Guided tour is suited to first-time or experienced kayakers
  • Access to onsite bathroom facilities and hot drinks included
  • Group size is limited to 10 people for personal service

What's Included

  • Kayaks, paddles and life jackets
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Bathroom
  • Insurance

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 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 10 minutes before departure. From the Paquera ferry landing, take the dirt road to Punta Cuchillo. After 1,5 km you'll get to a small bridge. Park along the road here and walk the little trail to our kayak launch site. Follow the signs to BAHIA RICA

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    121 reviews
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    A must do! Fun and knowledgeable guides.
    Erin_B, Mar 2023
    This felt like a dream. Such a cool experience that can't be filmed or photographed. Our tour guide " Luis" was so fun and smart. His excitement and love for this experience made it that much more memorable. The water was warm, the sky was both cloudy and clear. An absolute must do, with this company! Pura vida !
    Seeing the...
    Dominic_G, Mar 2023
    Seeing the bioluminescence. The guide was awesome and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Easy for any age group.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Wonderful that you enjoyed the tour with us! Thank you so much for your review..
    Unbelievably gorgeous
    Michelle_B, Feb 2023
    Julio was an extraordinary guide and this tour was amazing. It was extremely cool to kayak at night and the bioluminescent algae was like something I had never seen before in my life. Not only was the algae gorgeous, but when we looked up we saw the most clear and starry sky ever! Such an amazing experience through and through. Definitely recommend.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you so much for joining our tour - we love it when people love it as much as we do.
    Very special experience at a gorgeous location !
    dale_e, Feb 2023
    Beautiful property to start and finish at which included beverages and snacks. The guide was very pleasant and informative. I was not let down from the amount of bioluminescent plankton that we saw. I would recommend this tour.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Hi, Thank you very much! It is a beautiful place and as good fortune has it great bioluminescence all year:-)
    Shawn_G, Jan 2023
    What a very special evening, magical! Our guide, Luis, was so knowledgeable and so excited to share the experience of the bio bay, he really made it very special! Thank you!
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Thank you so much for choosing us! We are lucky to have such enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides.
    Wow, wow, wow !
    Amy_S, Jan 2023
    100% worth it ! Watching the sunset with them was beautiful ! They have lemonade, water and snakcs. They do a little scientifc explanation and then we jump on the kayak. IT IS BEAUTIFUL !!!! we went swimming with the bioluminescent phytoplancton and everyone has to jumps off their kayak it's awsome. I hope you have fun as much as we did :))
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    So glad you had a blast on our tour Amy! And thank you so much for your review.
    I learned so much!
    Elizabeth_C, Jan 2023
    Amazing trip with Jose. This was my 5th time. Best sighting of the bioluminescence since it was cloudy.
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Wow! Thank you so much for coming back again and again. You are like us ..... we never get tired of the bioluminescence. We have been out kayaking night after night for so many years now and every time we still get mesmerized.
    Rebecca_T, Nov 2022
    Amazing tour! Definately recommend, Luis was a fantastic guide, so enthusiastic and the whole evening was just magical. Don't have to know how to kayak beforehand and such a special place to explore.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Hi, Yes it is really a special and magical phenomenon! So happy you enjoyed it!!!
    Ask for Jose
    Peter_B, June 2022
    Very cool experience. The kayak tour starts in a little hippie oasis paradise out in the woods. The bioluminescence is a really crazy experience and was something we will truly talk about for quite some time. Our tour guide Jose was ver passionate about the tour and made sure we enjoyed it as much as he did growing up around it. Although it turned out to be 90 minutes from our place in Santa Teresa it was 100% well worth it.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    So glad you enjoyed the tour - Jose is very good and we are so happy to have him and Luis as our guides! Thank you for making the effort to come here from Santa Teresa.
    Unbelievably amazing!
    Sagma_S, Apr 2022
    Kayaking to see the bioluminescent waters was wonderful. When it started raining, it was even better!
    Excelent experience!
    Ernesto_A, Apr 2022
    Very cool, wild experience. From the howling monkeys greeting you at sunset to the super friendly staff, to the enjoyment of kayaking at night under a starry sky, it was what we expected. Very nice!
    Response from Host, Apr 2022
    Thank you so much for choosing to come on our tour! It's a highlight for us every night when people come back happy after the experience!
    Must do!
    Cheryl_H, Mar 2022
    Getting to the launch location was a bit rough but well worth the trip! Once in a lifetime experience!
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    We are so glad to hear you enjoyed it!
    Denise_B, Jan 2022
    This was such a magical night! The bioluminescence was everywhere and so beautiful! We got a beautiful night too….the stars in the sky matched the twinkle of the water and toward the end the night the moon was rising as a big orange ball low on the horizon. Just stunning! And Luis is amazing! So joyful and full of information!
    Response from Host, Jan 2022
    So glad you enjoyed the experience! We still find it magical even after 15 years of living here and seeing it over and over again - it's just one of those natural wonders we never get tired of. Thank you for the stars ;o)
    We loved it
    Kim_D, Dec 2021
    Very nice experience for us, the guide was friendly and everything was well organized Our kids (5-6 years old) loved it I recommand it
    Response from Host, Dec 2021
    Hi Kim, Thats so nice to hear. It is such a special experience and our goal is that you (our clients) enjoy it as much as we do.
    Magic in the water
    Sebastin_A, Oct 2021
    You can experience literally the phenomenon in your hands. And is all natural, even the way you move over the water.
    Response from Host, Oct 2021
    so glad you enjoyed the experience. We agree it is like magic - mother earth is really putting on a show in the water here at Bahia Rica.
    À ne pas manquer!
    Johanne_R, Feb 2023
    Excellente sortie en kayak accompagnée de guides très compétents et enthousiastes. Je recommande absolument!
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thank you for your review, we are so happy you enjoyed the experience with us. And yes, we have very good guides, they really contribute to making the tour memorable.
    Laurence_D, Mar 2022
    Très sympa unique à faire. Phénomène qui s active uniquement avec le mouvement des mains ou des rames.
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Thank you so much for your review! It is a unique experience where you get to make the motions to activate the algae that create the bioluminescence.