HGL Tours Bioluminescence and Nocturnal Wildlife Experience

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Listing Type
Type of Tour/Activity
Wildlife and Nature Encounters
Main Activity
Wildlife Watching
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Start Point
Intensity Level
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Trusted Provider
Cheryl R
Avg. Response:
1 hour
About Listing
Bioluminescence, Caribbean Sea
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Bioluminescence
Belize Gold Standard Certified - Belizing.com

Set out after dark to explore the beautiful and peaceful Sittee River under a sky full of stars. Belize has many nocturnal creatures that come out after dark to the riverside to eat and drink from the river. Use high-powered flashlights to spot the eyeshine of crocodiles, kinkajou, coatimundi, raccoons, birds, resting iguanas, and much more!

The second half of this tour involves cruising through a hand-cut path from the river into the mangroves where you can spot resting bats on the sides of the trees and then out into Anderson's Lagoon which boasts bioluminescent plankton that lights up with any disturbance in the water. It is magical to see fish darting away from predators and the boat as you cruise along. The water also glows behind the boat as the prop wash activates the chemical reaction which causes the plankton to light up. This is so interesting and intriguing to visitors that a swim in these waters is almost irresistible so wear your swimwear and bring along a towel. Also, you may want to wear long pants and sleeves or bring a can of insect repellent before and after the tour as there may be biting insects at the dock.

This tour is seasonal and affected by rainfall and the moonlight so we only schedule during optimal viewing times. We want to offer the highest quality experience at great value.

Suitable for:
Recommended Age Range:
Under 10
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Flashlights are provided.
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Long sleeved shirt and pants
  • Swim wear
  • Beverage
  • Insect repellant
  • Camera: for the wildlife spotting portion of the tour. Images of biolumescence is almost impossible to capture and we ask guests from refrain from using cameras in the lagoon.
  • towel
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
8 people
3 people
Minimum number of people.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Special Instructions for Rates
Shuttle service and all fees and taxes included.
Is Transportation provided?:
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
You will be picked up from your accommodation 15-20 minutes before tour departure.
Start Time
Daily, until Thu, Jan 6 20226:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Fri, Jun 11 20218:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Fri, Feb 4 20226:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Fri, Feb 4 20228:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Sun, Mar 6 20226:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Sun, Mar 6 20228:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Mon, Apr 4 20226:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Mon, Apr 4 20228:00 PM1.5 hours
Daily, until Wed, May 4 20226:30 AM1.5 hours
Daily, until Wed, May 4 20228:30 PM1.5 hours
Happy Go Luckie Tours is a small, Belizean owned marine tour operator based in Hopkins, Belize. We are committed to offering our guests great service and good value for their money. ... moreSafety is our number one priority. We love what we do and look forward to spending time with people who come to discover Belize in a gentle and authentic way. Happy Go Luckie Tours is committed to providing tours in a way that lessons our impact on the environment while providing rich natural and cultural experiences.
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Gold Certified:
Service Types:
Tours | Activities, Water Taxi
Frequently Asked Questions
We believe in the highest quality tours at Happy Go Luckie Tours and thus we only operate this tour on the darkest nights during the dry season. The bioluminescence is not visible during the rainy season and we must be well into dry season before conditions are favourable. Once conditions allow we schedule the tours around the moon phase to take advantage of the darkest nights.
Both tours are pretty much the same. We just want to provide guests with options that will fit around their dinner plans and accommodate as many guests as we can while keeping group sizes small. Some operators only offer an early tour so the late tour may be less busy.
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 70% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
3 reviews   0 comments
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I took my kids on this tour, ages 15, 10, 6. The kids absolutely love it. We were one the first tour for March and it was spectacular. Luckie himself was our guide and he was very professional and informative. The boat was very comfortable with cushions on the seats. We departed at 6:30pm and we were back by 8pm. He gave us a safety briefing as we departed, then handed us all some very nice flashlights ... more for the river safari part of the tour. We spotted crocodiles, birds, spiders, and other nocturnal wildlife along the sittee river. Luckie is very knowledgeable about the environment and wildlife and explains everything in detail. The highlight of the tour was the bioluminescence lagoon. It's like nothing you've ever seen. I took my kids with me and they were absolutely mesmerized. My older son jumped in the water and swam around. As the boat sped along you could see the fishes darting by like shooting stars in the water. We ended the night with Luckie giving us a star gazing lesson on how to identify constellations and use the stars for directions. The thing I appreciated most about Luckie is that he is well informed and provides thorough explanations of what you're seeing....everything from why the mangrove trees have dead leaves, the types of crocodiles, how to identify different species of birds, how exactly the bioluminescence occurs, and even an astronomy lesson. It's such an amazing tour and a MUST do if you're in the Hopkins area. Book this tour NOW, you won't regret it!
Cassidy K
We had a great tune. The guide and the captain we’re knowledgeable and very accommodating. We have two young children and a teenager. They were all three captivated by the entire tour.
Bioluminescent Lagoon
We truly enjoyed this. Luckie is very knowledgeable, has great eyes for spotting the animals. Anderson Lagoon and the bioluminescent was excellent. Fairly priced, money well spend.