Follow us

Mon – Sat 8.00 – 18.00


Bio luminescence

Price $MXN800 2.5 hours
Scroll down

Bio luminescence

$MXN800 per person

Explore the Enchanting Bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido

Welcome to an enchanting adventure that will leave you mesmerized and in awe of nature’s wonders! In this guide, we will take you on a journey to discover the magical world of bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido. If you’re seeking a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the captivating glow of bioluminescent plankton, you’ve come to the right place.


bioluminescence puerto escondido


What is Bioluminescence?

Before we dive into the details of bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido, let’s first understand what bioluminescence is. According to the National Ocean Service, bioluminescence is defined as ‘the production and emission of light by a living organism.’ It’s a natural phenomenon that occurs when certain organisms, such as plankton, produce light through a chemical reaction involving luciferin and oxygen.



The Puerto Escondido Bioluminescent Lagoons

In Puerto Escondido, you can experience the mesmerizing bioluminescence in two primary locations: Laguna de Manialtepec and Chacahua. Both of these lagoons are home to bioluminescent dinoflagellates, a type of plankton that creates the stunning light displays.

Laguna de Manialtepec Bioluminescence

Laguna de Manialtepec is conveniently located just 20 minutes away from central Puerto Escondido. This lagoon offers an optimal location to experience bioluminescence, but it’s essential to visit during specific times of the year when the lagoon connects with the ocean, allowing the plankton to thrive. The best time for this experience is during the new moon phase, ensuring the darkest skies and the most vibrant bioluminescence.

Chacahua Bioluminescence Lagoon

Chacahua is a bit farther away, approximately 1.5 hours each way, but it offers a year-round bioluminescence experience. The difference here is that bioluminescence is present throughout the year, making it an excellent option regardless of when you visit Puerto Escondido. Tours to Chacahua usually start around 7 pm and return around 11 pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the enchanting glow.

Bioluminescence Tour



When is the Best Time for Puerto Escondido Bioluminescence?

Now that you know where to experience bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido let’s talk about the best time to plan your visit. The Puerto Escondido bioluminescence season typically runs from September to May in the lagoon of Manialtepec. However, this breathtaking phenomenon can be witnessed all year round in Chacahua.

Several factors influence the intensity of bioluminescence, including water temperature, plankton presence, and moonlight. Bright moonlight can make it harder to see the bioluminescence, which is why tours provide tents to block out the moon’s light, ensuring you can fully enjoy the magical blue glow.

Safety and Wildlife in the Bioluminescent Lagoon

One question we often hear is, “Are there crocodiles in the bioluminescent lagoon?” The answer is yes, there are crocodiles in the lagoon as part of the natural ecosystem. However, rest assured that they are rarely interested in humans and prefer to avoid contact.

Certified tour operators ensure your safety by steering clear of crocodile nesting areas. Additionally, swimming in the bioluminescent waters is not compulsory, and the experience is equally enjoyable whether or not you choose to do so.

Moon Phases and Bioluminescence Visibility

Understanding moon phases can significantly impact your bioluminescence experience. The new moon phase offers the darkest skies, allowing bioluminescent organisms to shine more brightly. As the moon advances, its illuminated crescent adds ambient light, while the full moon can make bioluminescence challenging to observe.

During the waning phases of the moon, skies darken, potentially enhancing bioluminescence visibility. Specific organisms may sync their displays with moonlight, while others prefer darker nights, regardless of the moon phase.

bioluminescence puerto escondido tours



Puerto Escondido Bioluminescence – A Magical Experience

Experiencing bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido is a must for anyone visiting this beautiful destination. Swimming or running your hands through the bioluminescent plankton and watching them glow is a truly magical experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

If you’re unsure about the current conditions during your visit, feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll do our best to provide you with the latest information to ensure you have the best experience possible.

What to Bring and What’s Included

To make the most of your Bioluminescence Lagoon Tour, remember to bring a swimsuit, towel, water shoes or sandals, and insect repellent. Transportation is included in the tour, and our guides are committed to ensuring your safety and enjoyment throughout the experience.

Learn About the Ecosystem

During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the lagoon’s ecosystem and the plankton responsible for the bioluminescent light. Our knowledgeable guide, Antonio, holds a degree in Maritime Sciences and will provide you with valuable insights into this natural wonder.



A Night to Remember

The bioluminescence tour exceeded all my expectations. It was like entering a world of wonder and beauty. I'll cherish the memories of this unique experience forever.

Carlos Hernandez,

Mexico City, Mexico

Unforgettable Night on the Water

The bioluminescence tour was the highlight of my trip to Puerto Escondido Oaxaca. It felt like floating through a galaxy of stars in the water. A must-do experience!

Maria Rodriguez,

Mexico City, Mexico

Nature's Light Show

The bioluminescence tour in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca was a magical experience. Seeing the ocean glow with every paddle was surreal. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

David Smith,

Toronto, Canada

A Mesmerizing Experience!

The bioluminescence tour in Puerto Escondido Oaxaca was absolutely enchanting. Watching the water light up with every movement was like being in a fairytale. I can't recommend this tour enough!

Sarah Johnson,

Los Angeles, USA




In conclusion, the bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido is a captivating and unique phenomenon that you won’t want to miss during your visit. Whether you choose Laguna de Manialtepec, Chacahua, you’re in for an enchanting adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Join us and let us guide you through this magical experience. Book your Bioluminescence Lagoon Tour today and immerse yourself in the glowing, bioluminescent waters of Puerto Escondido. It’s a world of wonder that awaits your discovery!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is bioluminescence, and where can I experience it in Puerto Escondido?

Bioluminescence is the production of light by living organisms, and you can experience it in Puerto Escondido in two primary locations: Laguna de Manialtepec and Chacahua. These lagoons are home to bioluminescent plankton, creating the mesmerizing glow.

When is the best time to witness bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido?

The optimal time for observing bioluminescence is during the new moon phase, typically from September to May. However, you can experience it year-round, with varying intensities based on factors like water temperature and plankton presence.

How much does a bioluminescence tour cost, and what’s included?

The cost of a bioluminescence tour in Puerto Escondido is MXN 800$ per person. Certified tour operators offer the best safety and experience. Transportation to and from the lagoon is included.

How do moon phases affect bioluminescence visibility?

Moon phases play a significant role in bioluminescence visibility. The new moon phase offers the darkest skies and the brightest bioluminescence. As the moon advances, ambient light increases, making observation less vivid. The full moon can make it challenging to see bioluminescence.

What should I bring on the bioluminescence tour?

To fully enjoy your tour, remember to bring a swimsuit, towel, water shoes or sandals, and insect repellent. Dress comfortably for the evening adventure and bring a sense of wonder!

Is the tour suitable for all ages and fitness levels?

Yes, the bioluminescence tour is generally suitable for all ages and fitness levels. You can choose to participate in swimming or simply enjoy the enchanting sight from the boat. It’s a magical experience for everyone.

How long is the bioluminescence tour, and what can I expect during the experience?

The tour typically lasts 2 hours, from evening into the night. During the tour, you’ll board a boat and head out to the lagoon, where you can either swim in the glowing waters or observe from the boat. Guides will point out constellations, enhancing your stargazing experience.

Is photography allowed during the tour, and how can I capture the bioluminescence?

Yes, photography is usually allowed during the tour. To capture the bioluminescence, use a camera with good low-light capabilities or a smartphone with a night mode feature. Keep in mind that capturing bioluminescence can be challenging, but the memories will last a lifetime.

What should I do if I have specific questions about the tour before booking?

If you have any specific questions or need more information about the bioluminescence tour, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to ensure you have the best experience possible and can provide you with all the details you need.



Latest Posts

  • Departure
    Pick up at the location of your choice
  • Departure Time
    7 PM
  • Return Time
    9:30 PM
  • Included
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    GoPro Videos
    One funny gift
    Photo shooting
Going to Manialtepec's Laguna
You need a 20 minutes ride from Puerto Escondido to la Laguna de Manialtepec.
Boat ride
Embark on a boat to reach the bioluminescent waters. Get an explanation of how bioluminescence works.
Bioluminescence swim
Swim in the bioluminescent plankton
Going back home
Its time to go home. Our team will bring you back to the location of your choice.


  • Johan

    September 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Thanks @puerto_escondido_mx for this crazy experience !! I chose to opt for the morning bioluminescence at 5AM and it was great. After watching the stars in the middle of the lagoon, we went for a swim with the bioluminescent plankton, to finally enjoy one of the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen. On our way back, we were able to see lots of birds and plants thanks to our amazing local guide. I absolutely recommend !

  • Samuel

    August 1, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Super cool guide !! Great explanations ! Strongly recommend !

  • Samuel

    August 26, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Gume you the best guide 😁😁😁

  • Maia

    February 17, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Magical experience!!!

  • Selene

    February 26, 2022 at 11:10 am

    One of my top favourites activities in Puerto 🏆💙


Leave a Reply


Book now using WhatsApp !


| BOOK NOW $800

03:12 25 May 23
We did the horseback riding tour and were absolutely amazed. It was very well organized and Pierre was a great guide. The best part was the beach ride 😍
MJ SerratoMJ Serrato
20:52 12 May 23
I recently went on two tours with this tour agency in Puerto Escondido and had an amazing time! First, I went on a dolphin watching tour and saw so many playful dolphins swimming in the waves. It was an unforgettable experience and I felt so lucky to be able to witness these majestic creatures up close.Next, I went on a whale watching tour and was blown away by the size and beauty of the whales. We even got to see a mother and her calf swimming together! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of interesting information about the whales and their behavior.Overall, I highly recommend this tour agency for anyone visiting Puerto Escondido. The tours are well-organized and the guides are friendly and professional. Plus, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! I can't wait to come back and take another tour with them.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars all the way!
Beth L.Beth L.
16:08 06 May 23
Amazing tour and guide to ensure everything goes smoothly! Plus he is multi lingual and speaks French, English and Spanish. Everything was great from pickup to drop off and the beautiful horse back riding experience on the beach. We were able to catch sunset and ride back in the twilight and under the stars. Don’t miss the opportunity! Thanks again for a wonderful experience!
Erica LeppErica Lepp
21:27 19 Mar 23
We were in such good luck! We had a tour agency not show up and we found this company last minute. Everything about the tour was perfect. We did the Horse back riding with Hot Spring. Arrived on time, cold water in car, friendly guide and a perfect riding time. This was a highlight of our trip and would not hesitate to recommend this tour company. Friendly and professional and you can see he had a great relationship with the locals who care for the horses.
daleen reynadaleen reyna
18:57 29 Jan 23
Pierre was AMAZING, kind and sincere. He was so welcoming and made my family and I all feel like long lost friends. The tour was definitely the best experience of my life. I've never seen so much beauty in one place. My parents are in their 50s and they absolutely loved it. The level of activity isn't super high, so it's suitable for older folks as well. I'd also like to mention Nacho, the owner of the horses, he was the sweetest and kindest soul, it was like talking to an uncle. He's very knowledgeable and his beautiful horses (Coral, Rebelde, Titanic and Canelo) are so well trained and calm, and they listen to his voice at his command. We never felt scared of them, and they're very used to people. I'm definitely telling all my friends to book a your with Pierre and Nacho. They definitely make an awesome team!
Coco UkingerCoco Ukinger
06:41 05 Jan 23
We had the tour on New Years Eve - and it was amazing. Only few people, everything well organized and a lot of fun. The horses are well educated and the nature including the beach and the lagoon overwhelming. It‘s worth every peso. Thanks to Pierre and Nico.
Meike ValkMeike Valk
07:07 16 Nov 22
The horseback riding tour was in one word amazing! The tour has different phases like crossing a river, running with the horses on the beach, stunning sunset views and finally seeing hundreds of fireflies on the way back. Pierre is a really friendly guide with a good sense of humor:) Worth your money I can say!
victor guyonvictor guyon
17:29 09 Aug 22
An once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you for your time, Pierre Nicolas and the Team, for our first holiday since the Covid outbreak! 🐬🐢🐎
17:05 09 Aug 22
We went on a horseback riding trip on the beach for sunset. It was fantastic. Thanks Pierre 😉
Guillaume MorgatGuillaume Morgat
16:51 09 Aug 22
Great tour and great guide! We had so much fun with Pierre 😎. I really recommend!
Adrien IcardiAdrien Icardi
15:32 09 Aug 22
Great experience in Puerto to see turtles, and discover puerto with style ! Horse riding is so fun ! Thanks for the ride
Ramiz IbrahimovicRamiz Ibrahimovic
03:18 31 Jul 22
Awesome guide, horses, experience and everything! Best one in Puerto Escondido
Josie DartJosie Dart
21:06 15 Jun 22
Most amazing experience from start to finish.Pedro & Nicolas we’re both so much fun & made us feel very safe.The horses were fantastic and scenery unbelievable. Couldn’t recommend this more, an unforgettable day in Puerto EscondidoThank you both!
Gregorio FGregorio F
23:36 13 Jun 22
Pier is a funny dude, the service is excellent and we even had beers while riding the horse!
Lucy WardLucy Ward
13:46 10 May 22
Had a great time on the tour, our guide was lovely, super friendly and helpful. The scenery was breathtaking. Would definitely recommend.
Daniela MarquezDaniela Marquez
19:33 08 May 22
Would 100% recommend and this tour. The horseback riding had amazing views, great recommendations and the timing was perfect. What makes special this tour is how personalized it is. Got lots of photos and even a video taken by the guide. He speaks English and we felt so safe the entire time.
merle bartholomevismerle bartholomevis
19:29 08 May 22
This was an unforgettable experience! 👌🏼We enjoyed every second of it: the horseback riding, crossing the river in a boat, chilling on the beach, eating a coconut and seeing the sunset.Great great thanks to Pierre who organized it very well.Must do when you're in PE.
Loïc StibLoïc Stib
17:34 23 Apr 22
I had a great time riding horse the tour is beautiful, I highly recommend Pierre as guide he showed us great time
Chris HodgeChris Hodge
18:05 10 Apr 22
Booking was easy and communication was excellent. We scheduled the turtles one day and then the bioluminece the for the second day. The shuttles were on time and the tours were great for our family. Highly recommend!
rosie southwellrosie southwell
20:47 18 Mar 22
Pierre was an amazing tour guide and we had a brilliant time on the horse ride
Sidsel RasmussenSidsel Rasmussen
14:50 20 Dec 21
The price itself was cheap for the experience of seeing countless baby turtels up close. And with the beautiful sunset in the background, it was the perfect evening. Our guides were amazing and it was releave to see how well protected the turtels and their area were.
Anouk RocourAnouk Rocour
14:07 22 Nov 21
So much fun! Beautiful sunset, sweet horses and fun guides!
Natalie StasiakNatalie Stasiak
19:38 02 Nov 21
We had great communication with Pierre from start to finish, he was responsive and professional! The horseback riding tour was incredible, him and Nicholas made it an experience of a lifetime. Thank you Pierre!
Luca MoscaLuca Mosca
23:57 22 Oct 21
We had a great experience with the bioluminescence tour - really an astonishing phenomenon. The pick up and drop off service was great and Pierre is an amazing guy who also gave us plenty of tips for PE and more in general for Central America! Highly recommended.
Juan Pedro LópezJuan Pedro López
16:25 22 Oct 21
We went to watch the turtles give birth in Playa Escobilla with Pierre and it was breathtaking !! So glad being able to watch this rare phenomenon ! After that we released baby turtles in front of the ocean. What an amazing experience 😍 Everything went super well ! The time / transport / explanations ... 100% recommend 👍👍
Jim BJim B
19:31 17 Jul 21
Simply the best in town!
Pierre MeynieuxPierre Meynieux
17:41 10 Jul 21
We opted for the baby turtle release experience, the transport was REALLY COOL and the guy very funny, the turtles were soooo tiny and so cute !!! Recommend 100%
Puerto Escondido mx handled everything perfectly !! Thanks guys !
19:39 29 Jun 21
The horseriding tour was just amazing!!! Everything went perfectly, Pier are funny and was well prepared for the tour.
Psaumes de David 150Psaumes de David 150
15:39 29 Jun 21
Wonderfull tour with extra food and drinks !!
Floriane BrdFloriane Brd
14:46 29 Jun 21
Very professional & friendly people! I had an amazing time. I recommend it ! :)
Chat with us on Whatsapp to arrange your bioluminescence trip. We'll provide you with all the details and informations in order to realize your booking in full confidence. We will be happy to answer to any of your questions. In case of a cancelation, please advise us 24 hours before the beggining of the tour.


Click one of our representatives below to chat on WhatsApp