Of all the tours and experiences you can have in Belize, some are unique to Belize and you might not get to experience a sight like it anywhere else in the world. This goes for the bioluminescence tour and night-time river safari. You may be offered a river safari someplace else. But it certainly will not be like Belize. You’ll have to come visit Belize and see it with your own eyes.
What is Bioluminescence?
Bioluminescence, or “burning wata” as Belizeans call it, is a gorgeous night-time phenomenon that occurs by living organisms giving off light that is used to warn other species, lure prey, or communicate with members of the same species. As well, the bright blue glow given off the saltwater and freshwater mixing with the local algae.
When and Where to Find This Tour?
The best time to go on this tour is when the season is the driest in Belize from February to April, but the entire tour itself is seasonal from January to May. You can find this tour in southern Belize at the Sittee River Marina in Hopkins Village that will take you on a calming boat ride to Anderson Lagoon. Tours normally leave at 6 PM and return at 9 PM; it takes only five minutes to arrive at Anderson Lagoon.
About the Tour
This tour is filled with natural beauty as you are able to see the bright night sky and all the shining stars while cruising on the boat. You will then pass through tall, thick mangroves where many of the nocturnal animals hide for you to spot them (morelet crocodile, kinkajou, tapir, and iguanas); In the glowing water, you’ll also find many schools of fish swimming by and hundreds of jellyfish moving through the water. Bring along your camera and binoculars to take pictures of this amazing tour so you can share these memories with your friends.
What to Bring on the Bioluminescence Tour?
At night-time, the weather tends to get cold since you’re on the water and there’s a lot of breeze, and normally the insects are no joke when you’re out at night. Here’s what you should bring:
- Long sleeve shirt and long pants
- Insect repellent
Written by Reyann Garcia