Nocturnal Bioluminescence River Tour (SEASONAL) Mid Dec- May

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Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Aquatic, Inland, River Expedition
Departs From
Hopkins
Intensity Level
Easy
$
40
-
$
75
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Josephine S
Response rate: 
93%
Response time:
1 hour
Location Details
Departure:
Hopkins Village
About Listing
Features:
Bioluminescence, Caribbean Sea
Highlights
  • Bioluminescent River
  • River Safari
Description

Top Hopkins Area Tour *seasonal tour* (Mid December to May)

Head out on the 5-minute boat ride to Anderson Lagoon on the Sittee River. The night sky is UNBELIEVABLE.  

Thick with stars all the way down to the tree line. Using high powered flashlights to spot the eyeshine of crocodiles, kinkajou, coatimundi, raccoons, birds, resting iguanas, and much more! 

Go through the tiny cut to the lagoon and you are surrounded by the giant mangroves and then shoot out into the lagoon which boasts bioluminescent plankton that lights up with any disturbance in the water.

 It’s pitch black, the guide’s flashlight beam cutting across the lagoon is the only light and then he turns it off, the boat picks up speed and the wake glows to blue light.  As the boat picks up more speed, the tiny algae, which settle in the lagoon during the dry season, get agitated and glow.  It’s absolutely unbelievable.

Our guide will stop the boat and you just stare into the water. Schools of fish or any marine life swimming through the lagoon create a phosphorescent trail which can look like a glowing cloud in the water. Hundreds of jellyfish pulsating in the water. They feed on the algae – it’s all along their edges and inside them.

Just moving your hand around in the water is miraculous.  You leave aqua blue glowing blue bubbles.

A swim in these waters is almost irresistible so we recommend you wear your swimwear and bring along a towel.
 

Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
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.
  • Professional guides
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • Camera
  • Dramamine
  • Change of Clothes and Towels
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Capacity:
20 people
Minimum:
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Description
Person
$
40
Person
$
75
PRIVATE TOUR
Child
$
25
child rate (5 Y.O or younger)
Add-ons
The total cost of the options you choose will be added to the total cost of the tour.
Per
Name
Price
Description
PersonTransportation (Optional)
$
7
50
We will pick you up from any location in Hopkins.
Itinerary
Time
Duration
6:00 PM2hours
Activities
Learning, Sightseeing, Bioluminescence
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
No
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
We will pick you up from any location in Hopkins. Cost of transportation is $7.50 USD per person round trip
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Start Time
Daily, until May 31, 20206:00 PM
Provider
 (4)
Premier Provider
Get to know Belize adventure tours is a locally owned and operated tour company in Hopkins Village, Belize. We provide visitors to Belize with the most personalized vacation travel ... moreexperiences possible. We offer first-hand experiences, friendly staff and a whole lot of fun! All guides are licensed and certified, with at least five years’ experience in tour guiding our experienced guides bring to life the most memorable experiences of all aspects of our beloved country.

We are a licensed tour operator in Belize and offer a broad choice of tours and activities – cave tubing, zip lining, wildlife experiences, birding, archaeological adventures, and all sorts of hiking, horseback riding, marine tours, and shuttle service. We have a reliable and comfortable 14 seater air-conditioned van accommodating small groups or private tours.

All tours can be customized to suit the needs of the guest and all tours are fully guided from the point of departure until your return. Belize is full of adventures in nature and history. We invite you to let us be your guide to discovering how amazing Belize really is.
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Languages:
Creole, English, Garifuna, Spanish
Tour Operator License:
05-T100
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.
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(4.8 of 5)
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On my bucket list!
Getting there was a little difficult on a long bumpy clay road and we got lost going to the marina rather than the appropriate location but that was our fault. Might be a good idea to use their option of picking you up in Hopkins. Me Clifford was very nice and very knowledgeable about the wildlife and trees. Saw iguanas and crocodiles and he even grabbed a baby one for us to photo/video. Once out ... more in the lagoon we got to run our hands through the amazing sparkling water and saw a ton of fish, a sting ray and jelly fish glow under the water. It was just after the full moon so we did have some moonlight but we were still able to see. We opted not to jump in the water but the boat next to us did. Great tour overall and I’d recommend. Kids would also love it as it was like something out of Fantasia.
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Great new experience in Hopkins
This was a great experience to have in Hopkins. We traveled along the river bank spotting birds, animals and crocodiles. When the guide spotted a croc with his flashlight, we'd see the eyes of the croc light up! The guide even managed to grab a baby croc and some of the guest got to take a photo with it. As for seeing the bioluminescence, it was a neat experience that I had to see to believe. We went ... more on a dark night so it was very visible. It also hadn't rain, which is apparently a good thing for the tour. For the full experience, I suggest jumping into the water and swimming around. My only feedback to make this tour better would be if it was 30 mins shorter, which you can mention to your guide. The tour lasted 2 hours and after 1.5 hours there wasn't anything really new or unique to experience.
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Bioluminescence tour
Great guide and loved seeing all the animals. We learned from our guide that it is best to see the dinoflagellates when there is no moon out and it is super super dark. We happened to go when there was a half moon so it was hard to see but he did his best by taking us under the mangroves so we could see them better. And it was definitely neat! But I recommend checking the calendar of the moon before ... more booking to get the best experience
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Great experience!
It was a great tour, seeing some baby crocodiles and iguanas on the way to the lagoon. The bioluminescence was amazing, our boys of 10 and 12 loved it as well! Josie was great, we missed our appointment due to a flat tire (we took the Coastal Highway, apparently a very bad road), she arranged that we could take the tour the next day. Thank you Josie!
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Hopkins bioluminescent river tour
So great!
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Fantastisch
It was a wonderful experience. The guides were also very, very good. Praise and recognition. THANK YOU
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Must see!
The bioluminescence was amazing. My grandkids were so excited to see it and stir up the water with sticks. Great trip for any age!
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Glowing Water!!
I always thought the videos I saw online about the Bioluminescence experience were enhanced and made the water glow more than it should, but I was wrong! This biological phenomena is unbelievable and worth experiencing!
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Breathtaking experience!
We went on this tour with Mr. Clifford and the night was just perfect! The skies were clear, so many stars were out and the lagoon was magical!
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A Lahey
Our trip was really lovely. Our guide took us down the river as the sun was setting. We looked for wildlife along the river. The lagoon was magnificent...truly amazing!
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Amazing!
We took this tour on Christmas Eve with our three children, ages 4/ 6/ 13. Everyone was captivated by the information presented and the areas explored. Wonderful adventure at a great price.
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Bioluminescence Tour
Josie was awesome and very accommodating and helpful getting us out there even after we got a bit lost getting there! Only downside was depending on where you sat in the boat we couldn’t hear everything Mr Cliff was saying, but he very clearly knows the river well. We saw lots of baby caymans and one almost grown one, lizards, birds, amazing river vegetation, beautiful night sky, and of course the ... more bioluminescence was really amazing, especially the few times we saw the river life zipping through the water making glowing patterns in the water-drag your hand through and it sparkles! Very cool! Forgot to put on bug spray-so don’t forget that and we could have probably taken a drink on the boat while out! Take a good camera that takes night time shots-it’s a very different experience than daytime boat tours!
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Spectacular Night Tour
Our trip started wt a ride on the lazy Sittee River. along the route the majestic Mahogany tree almost got lost amongst the luscious flora of Belize. For the first time we got to see the fruits: Roseapple and ‘Provision’ at the source.Mother Nature’s wild animals forgot our date except for the baby crocs we found wt flashlight at the rivers edge. Nevertheless, at Anderson Lagoon my two teens and 20 ... more yr old were rewarded with a fascinating bioluminescence show. It was an unforgettable 3 hour evening experience that the high schoolers can relate to and I will readily recommend.
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