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Interesting if you have never been kayaking before. It is kind of scary being out there in the complete dark. You have to navigate some very narrow DARK waters. I wish the kayaking could be longer. The "Bioluminescent" that they are referring to (I'll let you take the tour so I wont ruin it) is sort of interesting. Wish the kayaking was longer, you are only in the water for maybe an hour and a half.
Had a great time -- theguies were very knowledgable as we kayaked through the dark of night! Quite an adventure! The bathrooms to get changed in before/after leave a bit to be desired, but the ttour itself was awesome!
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip! Well worth the time, money and energy! The guides were knowledgeable and truly excited to share their wealth of experience with all of us.
My only suggestion would be to split up the large group into 4 smaller groups of 4 or 5 kayaks once the bay is reached, so all can gain the input and knowledge, from stars to history, of the guides.
EXCELLENT and FUN!!!!
This tour was unique. I did however think we would see more of the water life than we did. I would recommend this to someone that has some kayak experience.
Very dangerous kayaking in the dark river without any lights. I was surprised that there were no accidents that night. The people including me and my wife were hitting low tree branches and other kayaks in the complete dark. The company made a pictures while we were kyaking and told us that the pictures will be available on their website, but there is no pictures that I can see.
This was a great tour to the bioluminescent lagoon. We were picked up at our hotel and the driver was great! The kayak lessons worked because we had a nice trip into the lagoon. The rating would be higher if I based it just on the experience of what the tour provides, but a huge drawback was the drunk groom to be and his drunk bachelor party friends that were on this tour. I wish the managment would not have let them go on this tour because they kept crashing into our kayak and were loud and obnoxious. It would have been a lot more enjoyable without them, I feel cheated from how peaceful it could/should have been.
Even though we choose a very dark night, less than 1/4 moon, the bioluminesencts was less than spectacular. Our guides rushed us through, last in and first out. Do NOT exspect to see anything like the on line pictures, they are inhanced / time lapsed photography.
It is worth doing because it is good exercise and a new experience, the water DOES NOT glow. The guide was busy picking up on young girls instead of guiding. You can hit your face on branches because it is dark and no one warns you. Our blinker light was broken so people kept crashing into us. so so
The trip itself was great. We had trouble getting a ride to the place. We thought we had a ride because through the booking it said we did, but we had to jump through hoops and ladders to get it. Several emails and phone calls later we got our ride and made it. The kayaking is fantastic. A truly once in a lifetime experience.
The adventure was awesome the arrangements through Viatour not so good
We would give this a much higher review, except for the initial information we received about this trip. It is a fairly strenuous journey, including a half hour of kayaking down a canal to the bay, paddling around the bay, and then a half hour back. If you are a senior, or not used to exercise, and never kayaked before, this trip might not be for you. We are pretty fit and in good health. When we asked about the trip, we were told it would be no problem--"people of all ages do it every day". If Miguel, our wonderful and helpful guide, had not attached our kayak to his and helped us along, we would probably still be out there. Also, there are a good number of tours going on at the same time, and a large group came around the corner of the canal too quickly and we had a rather large pileup . However, having said all that, if you are up to the physical challenge, it is a great trip. It was very dark the night we went, and the bioluminescence is a really phenomenal sight. The guides were all helpful and informative. The water is calm, and pretty warm. It is quite beautiful. Snacks and water were provided upon return.
This activity was really interesting. We were so excited to see glowing fish, sea life and kayak. The trip to the lagoon whas hard because there were lots of tree roots and it was pitch black. The lagoon itself was disappointing because there were no glowing sea life and to see anything glow you had to move your hand to stimulate the algae. It was okay just disappointing.
Merry go round of tour operators. So I booked through Viator. They sent me contact information for a tour company. I called the tour company and confirmed the date and time of the tour and time of pickup from my hotel. The day of the tour, I was called by the same company two hours before my pickup time and was asked why I wasn't outside my hotel waiting for transportation to pick me up because they were waiting on me. The actual company that picked me up and ran the tour was a comepletely SEPARATE company from who I'd been talking to on the phone. The drive to the bay took approxiamtely 1 1/2 -2 hours. Once at the "bay" it was a cluster of at least 200 people on kayaks among four or five different tour companys. The paddle out to the bio bay, through a small canal, took 45 minutes. Once at the bay we only had MAX 20 minutes to wait for the sun to go down enough to actually see the biolumeniscenc and play in it. Then it was time for the cluster to head back to the canal (in the complete darkness!). people were running into other people left and right. It was a waste of my time and money.