HGL Tours Bioluminescence and Nocturnal Wildlife Experience

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Aquatic, Inland
Departs From
Hopkins
Note
Most Popular
Intensity Level
Easy
$
50
/ Person
Trusted Provider
  • Secure Online Payment
  • No Booking Fees
Cheryl R
Response rate: 
94%
Response time:
1 hour
Location Information
Departure:
Mangrove Resort and Marina
About Listing
Features:
Bioluminescence, Caribbean Sea
Highlights
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Spotting
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming
  • Bioluminescence
Description
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 the 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 irresistable so wear your swim wear and bring along a towel. Also you may want to wear long pants and sleeves  or bring a can of insect repellent for 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:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
Handicapped
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
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Capacity:
8 people
Minimum:
3 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Person
$
50
Special Instructions for Rates
Shuttle service and all fees and taxes included.
 
Activities
Learning
Photography
Relaxing
Sightseeing
Swimming
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
You will be picked up from your accommodation 15-20 minutes before tour departure.
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Duration
Daily, until Apr 8, 20206:30 PM1.5 hrs
Daily, until Apr 8, 20208:30 PM1.5 hrs
Daily6:30 AM
Provider
 (1)
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.
Tagline:
Safe, Fun and Professional. Specializing in private marine charter tours for small groups
Tour Operator License:
05072
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Languages:
Creole, English, Garifuna, Spanish
Destinations
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
Flexible
  • 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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(4.7 of 5)
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Magical
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!
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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.
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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.
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