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Bioluminescence Experience in Holbox

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

Overview

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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.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
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.

Ports

  • Holbox Island, Calle Igualdad X Palomino S/N, 77310 Isla Holbox, Q.R., Mexico


Departure Time

10:00 PM
  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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.
Q:
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
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
star-5
Fantastic & Unique Experience with Alex
Fatima_E
, Dec 2021
This was such a great, highly professional and wonderful experience. From the moment I booked the tour which was so easy until the drop off back at my hotel, everything was a smooth ride. Alex is wonderful and does everything he can to ensure you having a wonderful experience. He communicated right away with me (I booked the same day), dropped off the equipment, then came to pick me up. He ensured that everyone in the group was comfortable with each other and he is super easy going. The bioluminescent experience itself is "crazy" fascinating!! I have never seen anything like it, neither did I know such a thing existed. The length of the tour was perfect. We had enough time to thoroughly enjoy everything, but it did not drag on all night either. Book with Alex - all the great reviews are true! I loved it.
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star-5
Fantastic experience!
Kieren_H
, Dec 2021
Alex was friendly, knowledgeable and was a fantastic guide. The while experience was incredible. And I rate it as one of the best experiences I've had to date. Would fully recommend.
star-5
Unique & Personal Holbox Experience
Emily_E
, Dec 2021
This was such a neat experience during our stay in Holbox! The guide, Alex, is very nice and easy to communicate with. On the evening of our tour he hosted a group of 7 in both English and Spanish! No one tells you how amazing the sky will be on Holbox Island, but you can really see all the stars and Alex took some time to tell us about the constellations we were seeing. The bioluminescence experience was really cool. It is not like all of the images you see on the internet - the sea isn't just lit up and glowing. Instead you can see the bioluminescence from the phytoplankton when you move in the water, or if you slowly pull an item like cloth through the water. It's like lighting up a bunch of sparkly gems, almost hard to believe it is happening. It is really unique to see, and an easy experience to partake in. I would recommend it to anyone!
star-5
Beautiful bioluminescence tour! Great price, white-glove service, knowledgeable guide
Leslie_C
, Dec 2021
We had a great time experiencing Holbox's famous bioluminescent plankton with our guide. Communication was very smooth. Our wetsuits and water shoes were delivered to our Airbnb several hours in advance so we could make sure everything fit. Then we were picked up right at our door for a fun, bumpy drive across Holbox to Punta Cocos. Our guide pointed out various constellations and the visible Milky Way, then we waded into the lagoon for our bioluminescent experience. Snorkels were provided but were not needed to see the beautiful, sparkling plankton. A+ would recommend.
star-5
Bioluminescence experience
Verena_V
, Nov 2021
Alex was an amazing guide and extremely knowledgable on the local biology, wild life and even the constellations overhead! Seeing the bioluminescence was an incredible experience and a great way to spend a night of our trip to Holbox! 10/10 would recommend.
star-5
Excellent
Colin_B
, Nov 2021
How bright the bioluminescence was! Breath taking. Alex also had great knowledge of the night sky and bring collected was very helpful.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Juli_M
, Nov 2021
Alex was an awesome tour guide! He was great at communicating before the tour. He also was good at educating while still having a good time with lots of laughs. It was super cool seeing the glowing plankton. Would definitely recommend!

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